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Glendale Summer Band Concert Series

State’s Longest-Running Community Band Kicks Off Summer Concert Series June

Glendale’s favorite summer tradition is back for its 52nd season beginning June 7 in downtown Glendale. The eight-week concert series takes place each Thursday at 8 p.m. through July 26, in the E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheatre in Murphy Park, located at 58th and Glenn drives. See the different summer band concert themes and dates below.

These free concerts are the perfect night out for the entire family, or bring your friends, neighbors and the whole gang! Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at the concerts, which will go on through July 26. The series will feature a special Patriotic performance on Thursday, June 28 in celebration of Independence Day, as well as other themes each week.

The Glendale Summer Band is the longest- running community band in Arizona. The ages of the volunteer band members span several generations. Formed back in 1966, the band originally played at O’Neil Park, before moving to Murphy Park when the amphitheater was built. Music lovers of all ages will be entertained by approximately 100 musicians with their inspiring renditions of marches, polkas, movie medleys and other tunes. The Glendale Summer Band concert series is sponsored by the Glendale Ambassadors. For more information, call the Glendale’s Special Events hotline at 623-930-2299, or visit

Summer Band Concert Themes
June 7
- Musical Memories: 1918-2018
June 14 - World of Fantasy
June 21 - Leonard Bernstein: An American Original
June 28 - Dances, Songs and Toe Tappin' Tunes
July 5 - Music That Made America
July 12 - A Day in the Life
July 19 - The Wild, Wild West
July 26 - The Grand Finale

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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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Glendale Summer Band
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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. Our own Glendale Civic Pride Ambassadors will be accepting donations at each concert. You can find them at the top of the amphitheater. These donations go towards many things to help keep our program up to date and running. Some of those things include: new music, uniforms, maintenance and repairs on instruments. We appreciate your continued support and attendance as we enter our 52nd season!

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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