Geneseo’s Maple City Band is preparing to launch its 112th season.

Geneseo’s Maple City Band is preparing to launch its 112th season.

Students who have finished eighth grade through adults are eligible to join Maple City Band.

“One of our strengths is we have a diverse group of musicians from ‘first chair’ players to people who want to sit in the back row of the section. We have a good mix of all ages from high school and college students to working adults and retirees,” said director Alan Kiser.

There are no auditions or membership fees other than the musicians are expected to purchase a white Maple City Band polo to wear at concerts.

The band will start its 2018 season with a rehearsal in the Geneseo High School concert band room from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, May 28.

Band members are asked to arrive at 7 p.m. to put their music in order be prepared to rehearse at 7:30 p.m.

Rehearsals will continue on Monday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. through the week of July 9.

“We have had a good sized band the past few years, but there are always some students who go away to college and don't come back for the summer or families move out of town,” said Kiser. “Every year, we look for new members to join us whether they are new high school students or adults who have moved into the area or someone who hasn’t played recently but decided to get their instrument back out.

“We might be short on tuba players this year, but otherwise can utilize a few more members in each of the various sections,” he added. “It helps to have plenty of people in each section to cover the parts because people go on a vacation at different times.”

The band has a variety of music planned for this summer including highlighting the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and the bicentennial of the state of Illinois as well as several marches, folk songs, Broadway tunes and patriotic music.

During each concert there also will be small groups featured including a woodwind trio, saxophone quartet and section features for trumpets and tuba/euphoniums.

The Maple City Band’s summer concert schedule includes:

• 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 in Geneseo

• 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 in Geneseo

• 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 in Geneseo

• 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29 in Bettendorf

• 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 in Geneseo

• 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 in Geneseo

For more information about Maple City Band, contact director Alan Kiser alankiser@gmail.com. Band updates also are available on Facebook (Maple City Band) or on Twitter (@maplecityband).