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The Kenosha Pops Concert Band was established in 1922 as the American Legion Band, sponsored by Paul Herrick Post 21. The first musical director was Helmuth Schaefer who was succeeded by Peter Niccolai, Sr. In 1924, George E. Manupella assumed the directorship, continuing until 1961. During Manupella’s tenure the name of the band changed to the “Kenosha Concert Band.” In 1961, Frank Niccolai was elected director. In 1967, Lt. Col. Mark Azzolina (USAF Ret.) succeeded him. The name of the band was again changed, this time to the “Kenosha Pops Concert Band” to reflect the programming of more “pops” style music. John Bunic followed as director in 1970 and led the band through 1993. Frank Germinaro assumed conducting duties the following year and was officially elected to the director’s position in 1995, conducting the band through the 2002 season. Craig Gall was appointed the band’s eighth Musical Director in the fall of 2002 after serving seven years as the band’s assistant conductor. The Band has grown over the years from 35 members to approximately 60 full time performing musicians, numerous substitute players, support staff, and community volunteers. The players are a mix of professional musicians, college students, private music teachers, school band directors, and amateur musicians from all walks of life. Previously, the concerts were staged from a portable band stand located in Navy Park. The Sesquicentennial Band Shell, located in Pennoyer Park overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan, was dedicated on July 4, 1988 and is the current site for the Pops summer season of concerts. The band also participates in the annual Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade. Finally, the Pops started a new tradition in 2002 with an annual Christmas concert each December. The Pops offers a wide variety of entertainment ranging from TV and movie themes, Broadway show tunes, Big Band favorites, marches, standards, Dixieland, jazz, rock and roll, Latin rhythms, polkas, waltzes, children’s tunes, light classical selections, and novelty numbers. Guest performers are featured on many concerts. Master of ceremonies, Greg Berg, offers a vocal selection on each concert. These enjoyable outdoor concerts are made possible by the City of Kenosha as well as our many patrons, local businesses, and friends.
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