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Dee Palmer Band Shell
Hopkins Park
DeKalb Park District
DeKalb, IL

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“It is with great pleasure and excitement I announce that the DeKalb Municipal Band will begin its 167th consecutive season of live music two months from today, June 8th, 2021. It is expected, at this point, to begin the season under the same pandemic rules we had to implement last season.  We will again limit our band size slightly to create the proper social distancing for our band members and limit the size of our audience by creating a reservation system through As COVID guidelines are modified or reduced,  we will adjust our band size and our available audience seating.

We plan on having a full schedule of concerts through Tuesday, August 17th.  2021 marks my 9th year as the music director and my 10th year conducting this wonderful group of talented musicians. The beloved Dee Palmer is with us in spirit every week as we continue to raise the spirits of our very supportive audiences. If you wish to continue to support our organization please feel free to donate to the band right from our website.  It is with you support that we can continue the legacy of this musical icon for many years to come.”

Kirk Lundbeck, Director
DeKalb Municipal Band


For 167 consecutive seasons the DeKalb Municipal Band has played on.  It has become known as the longest continuous playing band in Illinois.

The band was originally formed in 1854 when a group of musicians returned to DeKalb from the California Gold Rush after an unsuccessful attempt to strike it rich.  They were organized as the DeKalb Silver Cornet Band and the music began its long journey to present day.

The band has survived several wars and conflicts, lack of funding, and economic depressions, but throughout this, not a lack of support from the community.  Through good times and bad, the band plays on.

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