Harris to sing with DeKalb Band

Vocalist Zach Harris will join the DeKalb Municipal Band for its next concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Dee Palmer Band Shell in Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. The band is under the direction of Kirk Lundbeck.

Harris will perform “The Sweetest Sounds,” “Begin the Bequine” and “Look for the Silver Lining.”

Harris, a Chicago native, has been singing in community theater productions, weddings, charity banquets, and in local restaurants. In 2010, he toured the Western Caribbean playing piano and singing in the piano bar on the Carnival Legend, and he has performed with many seasoned local musicians.

Also featured at the concert will be the band’s own David Murray from the trumpet section, who will step forward to perform “Trumpeter’s Lullaby.”

Murray is an aspiring brass musician and performer from Batavia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University, where he studied with professors John Fairfield and Mark Ponzo. Since graduating, Murray has become a fixture in the DeKalb music scene. He has been performing with the DeKalb Municipal Band for a decade and is also third trumpet with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He can be heard performing regularly in the pit orchestra for Stage Coach productions as well as the Shenanigans Big Band and Kishwaukee Brass Quintet.

In addition, Murray is a founding member of Molten Brass, a newly formed brass quintet based out of Westmont. He was recently accepted into the DePaul University School of Music graduate program where he will continue his trumpet studies.

Other musical selections on the program include “Blaze Away,” “Festive Overture,” “Henry Mancini at the Oscars,” “Thunder and Blazes,” “Joyce’s 71st New York Regiment March,” “El Relicario,” “Irving Berlin - A Symphonic Portrait,” “Dixieland Concerto,” “Blue Tango” and “Rolling Thunder.”

Admission is free; bench seating is available or bring a lawn chair or blanket. Guests are asked to follow CDC guidelines regarding places where people congregate, by social distancing 6 feet apart, and wearing a mask when this is not possible.

For more information about the band or to donate to “Help the Band Play On,” visit www.dekalbmunicipalband.com. Visit the band’s Facebook page for up-to-the-minute happenings and to learn of any weather cancellations.