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Lifestyle

DeKalb Band highlights movie, Broadway themes

Jill McCormick
Jill McCormick

The DeKalb Municipal Band will present “A Tribute to Broadway and the Silver Screen” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Dee Palmer Band Shell in Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. The band is under the direction of Kirk Lundbeck.

The featured vocalist on the program is local favorite, Jill McCormick, who is marking her 14th season with the band. She will perform “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Till There Was You.”

McCormick graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree in music education, where she was a member of the highly acclaimed University Chorale. She obtained her Masters of Music degree from Northern Illinois University in 2005 and recently completed her English as a Second Language Endorsement at NIU.

McCormick teaches general music at Founders Elementary in DeKalb and is the music coordinator for DeKalb School District 428. She grew up in the area and loves performing in the community.

Jimmy Zucker from the band’s clarinet section will be the featured instrumental soloist. He will perform “Viktor’s Tale.”

Zucker is a DeKalb native who has been playing clarinet in the area for more than 15 years. At NIU, he studied clarinet with Greg Barret and conducting with Lucia Matos and Ronnie Wooten. He is an assistant at DeKalb High School, where he also coaches the speech team. Zucker plays a variety of styles including classical, jazz, rock, hip-hop and klezmer.

Other selections on the probram include “Stand By Me,” “The Cowboys,” “Lincoln,” “The Magic of Andrew Lloyd Weber,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “Gee, Officer Krupke,” "The Golden Age of Broadway,” “Jump in the Line,” “Ben Hur,” “The Midway March” and “Curtain Call.”

Concert admission is free; donations to the “Help the Band Play On” fund drive will be accepted. Bench seating is available or bring a lawn chair or blanket.

For more information about the band, visit www.dekalbmunicipalband.com. Like the band’s Facebook page for up-to-the-minute happenings and to learn of any weather cancellations.

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