We are one of the oldest concert bands in the United States providing free, public concerts of high artistic integrity
Even though the musicians and staff of the Racine Concert Band weren’t able to bring you a free concert series this summer due to the pandemic, we’ve been working hard on plans for in-person concerts in 2021.
Pending RUSD decisions on activity policies for the winter and spring terms at Racine’s public high schools, we’re hoping to present three concerts with the students, as well as a full schedule of free summer concerts at the Racine Zoo for our 99th season.
We’re excited at the prospect of performing two World premieres in the coming year: an original composition by UW-Parkside music professor James Crowley inspired by a poetic collaboration with the Kenosha/Racine Poets Laureate, funded by a Racine Arts Council grant, and a band version of "Melodia", transcribed for band by Mark Eichner from the original brass quintet music by internationally acclaimed composer Daron Hagen, a New Berlin native. Quoting from an article in Opera News, "to say that Hagen is a remarkable musician is to underrate him and his music." The NATS Journal of Singing described Hagen as "the finest American composer of vocal music in his generation."
Founded on June 11, 1923, when the Racine Park Board Band performed at Horlick Park, the band’s mission to provide free concerts has been fulfilled at venues across the city: on the Parks and Recreation Department “Stage on Wheels,” in RUSD schools, at the North Beach Gazebo, the Washington Park Bandshell at the Kiwanis Amphitheater in the Racine Zoo.
Plans are also in the works to celebrate 100 years as the official band for the City of Racine in 2022 with a celebratory commissioned piece and homecoming concerts for Racine musicians who have established professional careers.
In the meantime, thanks so much for your continued support of the band as we strive to bring back the community’s rich tradition of free band concerts for all to enjoy.
Watch for announcements & updates
on this website and on our facebook page.
Video and Audio clips of live performances by The Racine Concert Band.
-- the band maintains a year-round schedule: a summer series of seven free concerts at the Racine Zoo, concerts in the RUSD high schools, and the Fourth Fest Parade.
...proudly celebrates its 98 th consecutive year presenting free concerts to the great city of Racine, Wisconsin.
UNFORTUNATELY, OUR 2020 SUMMER CONCERT SEASON WAS CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
-- subsidized by the City of Racine, its generous patrons, advertisers, and corporate sponsors.
Summer Programs are available
when you enter the Racine Zoo.
We encourage you to patronize the businesses that have sponsored concerts and/or purchased advertisements in our program. Don't forget to mention that you saw their ad in the concert band program.
If you would like to sponsor a concert or buy an ad in the summer program,
click here for more information.
♫ The band is a nonprofit - 501(c)3 organization
The Racine Concert Band
Racine Concert Band