Welcome To The Crystal Lake Community Band

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An Affiliate of the Crystal Lake Park District
P.O. Box 684
Crystal Lake, IL 60039
TEL: (815) 679-BAND

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts

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Our History

The history of band music in the Crystal Lake area dates back to the Crystal Lake City Band of the early 1900's. The current CLCB was established in 1984 as an affiliate of the Crystal Lake Park District. The band was founded by a small group of amateur musicians seeking an outlet for their love of music. From the outset, the Band has always sought adult members from all walks of the community and prided itself on its ability to bring music of a consistently high level to the public. Currently, the Band boasts a roster of approximately ninety members including both professional and dedicated amateur musicians. Members come from sixteen different communities in Illinois and Wisconsin.

The band year is divided into three seasons: Spring (which is highlighted by the Spring Pops Concert), Summer (which showcases outdoor concerts-in-the-parks in local communities), and Winter (where the Winter Pops Concert is featured). The 'Pops' format is designed to bring a mixture of serious, seasonal and popular music to the public. All performances offer variety and typically include works by composers as diverse as Shostakovich, Grainger, Sousa and Ellington. The Band regularly offers Guest Soloists (both from within and outside of its ranks), Jazz Band features, and other small ensembles to its concert-going audiences. Throughout the past 17 years the Band has performed during five trips to Europe as well as performances in Alaska.


Our Conductor

Marty Magnini Marty Magnini studied clarinet performance and conducting at the University of Illinois in Champaign and Roosevelt University, and his teachers have included Walter Wollwage of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Melvin Warner of the St Louis Symphony. Marty has played clarinet and bass clarinet with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, as a substitute with the Lyric Opera and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, and has also traveled throughout the Midwest playing piano, brass and woodwind instruments and singing in nightclubs.

Conductor Emeritus

Don Ehrensperger Don Ehrensperger graduated from Northwestern University with both a Bachelors and Masters of Music Degree. He studied conducting with John P. Paynter and trumpet with Vincent Czichowitz of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He taught at Cary Grove High School in Cary, Illinois, from 1963 to 1993 where his Marching, Concert and Jazz bands won acclaim throughout the area. A clinician and adjudicator in Illinois and Wisconsin, he is a member of numerous Musical Associations. Mr. Ehrensperger has conducted the Crystal Lake Community Band since 1986, leading the group throughout the area and abroad to Italy and Germany as well as performances in Alaska.