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Glendale Summer Band Concert Series
*The information below is for 2015. Please check back soon for updated information and schedules for the 2016 season*

Glendale’s favorite summer tradition is back for its 49th season beginning June 4 in downtown Glendale. The eight-week concert series takes place each Thursday at 8 p.m., June 4 through July 23, in the Murphy Park Amphitheatre, located at 59th Avenue and Glenn Drive. Music lovers of all ages will be entertained by this community band of approximately 100 musicians with its renditions of marches, polkas, movie medleys and other worldly tunes. Click here for the schedule of each evening's musical theme.

The Glendale Summer Band is the longest- running community band in Arizona. The ages of the volunteer band members span several generations. The band was formed in 1966, originally playing at O’Neil Park, and moving to Murphy Park when the amphitheatre was built.

These free concerts are the perfect night out for the entire family, or bring your friends, neighbors, the whole gang! Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Food, snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at the concerts, which will go on through July 23. The series will feature a special Patriotic performance on Thursday, July , in celebration of Independence Day.

The Glendale Summer Band concert series is sponsored by Glendale Civic Pride and Glendale Rotary. For more information, call the Glendale’s Special Events hotline at 623-930-2299.  Admission and parking are free.


Summer Band Schedule
Concerts are at 8-9:15 p.m. at Murphy Park Amphitheatre, 58th Avenue and Glenn Drive.

  • June 4:  Something for Everyone (featuring a variety of popular and traditional band and audience favorites)
  • June 11:  From Stage to Cinema (Broadway musicals made into movies including “The Music Man,” “Les Miserables,” and “The Phantom of the Opera”)
  • June 18:  Meet the Band (music featuring the various sections of the band (“Flight of the Flutes”, “the Toy Trumpet”, etc.)
  • June 25:  A Parade of Marches (featuring a variety of marches from various composers and countries)
  • July 2:  Celebrate America! (Patriotic and All-American selections plus the Summer Band Singers)
  • July 9:  The Spirit of Adventure (music depicting our adventurous spirit, including “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Jurassic Park”)
  • July 16:  Broadway and Beyond! (the music of Cole Porter, Marvin Hamlisch, Jule Styne, George Gershwin and others)
  • July 23:  Audience & Band Choice (music chosen by vote of the audience and band as their favorites. Voting will take place during concerts 1-6 in such categories as: favorite march, favorite movie, favorite polka, etc.)
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About the Glendale Summer Band - Mission

The Glendale Summer Band provides a recreational music opportunity for those who wish to play in a wind/percussion ensemble.

What Kind of Band Is it?

This is a volunteer concert band. Although the personnel of the band changes somewhat from week to week, the instrumentation seems to remain about the same amongst the 95 to 125 musicians who perform. For the “All-American” concert, a volunteer vocal ensemble is also utilized.

About Joining the Band

The Glendale Summer Band is open to membership to any adult and selected high school students who play a wind or percussion instrument. There are no formal auditions, but each person is self-auditioning, making their own decision about which section they wish to play in. This, of course, is to accommodate the wide range of playing proficiencies found in the group.

The “Nature” of the Band

The band tends to be a sight-reading group since a complete new “book “of music is read during the two-hour rehearsal for each week’s performance.

What Kind of Music Is Performed?

“Concert-in-the-Park” music is the repertoire performed. More specifically, the music consists of marches, polkas, sing-along songs, folk songs, novelty tunes and nationalistic music from around the world. The concert preceding Independence Day features All-American music with an emphasis on patriotic literature.

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The Glendale Summer Band performs for eight consecutive Thursday evenings, beginning the first Thursday of June. All performances take place at 8 p.m. in the Glendale Amphitheatre located at Glendale City Hall, 5850 W. Glendale Avenue, adjacent to Murphy Park.


The Glendale Summer Band is open to membership to any adult and selected high school students who play a wind or percussion instrument. There are no formal auditions, but each person is self-auditioning, making their own decision about which section they wish to play in. This, of course, is to accommodate the wide range of playing proficiencies found in the group.

The Glendale Summer band rehearses on the Tuesday evening prior to each performance. There is an extra rehearsal two weeks before the first performance. The rehearsals take place in the band room at Glendale High School, 6216 W. Glendale Ave. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. and last until approximately 9 p.m.

About Band Attendance

Due to vacation schedules and other commitments, not all members of the band are able to perform in all eight concerts. It is asked that each person participate as much as possible.

Special Opportunities for School Teachers, Grades 1-12

The Glendale Summer Band provides a “Professional Growth Certificate” for those educators who need clock hour credit for the renewal of their teaching credentials. These certificates are provided at the end of the season.

For more information about joining the Summer Band program, callour director, Ken Jaeger, at 623-878-3440.

About the Audience

The audiences consist of people of all ages. Grandparents, small children, and all ages in between enjoy the concerts. The Amphitheatre does not provide seating. Each audience member brings a lawn chair or blankets for seating on the grass lawn or brick walkways that traverse the area. Concert admission is free; however, a voluntary donation is gladly accepted to further the growth of the band’s music library. Snacks and refreshments are for sale at the concerts.

The Band History

The city of Glendale Summer Band has continually operated since its inception in 1966. The group was conducted for 22 years by the founding director, E. Lowell Rogers. Although the founding group predated the present city hall, it provided the inspiration for the construction of the amphitheatre in which the band currently performs.

Support the Glendale Summer Band

The Glendale Summer Band, presented by Glendale’s Office of Special Events, can use additional support and you can do that by attending the concerts and donating to the band. While much of the money that is donated goes to the band’s music library, some money is used to help support the band in other ways such as equipment repairs and programs. Thanks to the generous support of the community in the past, the band’s music library has nearly doubled to 400 titles in the past few years. With the band performing about 12 selections each concert, or nearly 100 selections each summer, it is important that the library continues to grow. We hope that we can add several new titles each year to enhance your experience. Donation Form (pdf)

Band Leadership

About the Conductor - Ken Jaeger

At the time he retired in 2007, Ken Jaeger was the Band Director and Performing/Visual Arts Department Chairman at Westview High School.  He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Arizona State University and his Master of Science in Fine Arts degree from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.  Prior to coming to Westview, Ken was the Band Director at Tolleson High School for 14 years.  Ken has served as Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) President, Vice President of High School Activities and Editor of the Arizona Music News for which he also wrote over 30 articles on music education.

Under Ken Jaeger the Westview and Tolleson Bands received over 100 high ratings at concert and marching festivals and more than 300 music awards overall.  Ken has received numerous awards himself over the years including the George C. Wilson Leadership/Service Award, the Eldon Ardrey Commemorative Presidential Award and the William E. Richardson Retired Member Service Award from AMEA.  He has been selected to “Who’s Who in Education” six times and “Who’s Who in America” twice. 

Prior to taking over as Director of the City of Glendale Summer Band, Ken was a playing member for 17 years, Band Manager for 12 years and served as principal guest conductor, conducting six concerts in 2001 and all eight concerts in 2009 when the director was on medical leave.

Ken and his wife Dana are longtime residents of Glendale and have two adult daughters, Jillian and Brittany. 

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