2020 Season Update
Dear Members and Friends,
As we continue to learn more about COVID-19 and its impact on humanity at all levels, many of the decisions that the Board of Directors have been waiting to make have been made for us by circumstance.
The Board met via a virtual meeting in order to discuss the 2020 season. Every member present came to the meeting with the same opinion: the safety of our playing members, conductors, volunteers, and audience members is of the utmost importance and a 2020 season is not feasible. Additionally, a number of events that were on the Band’s schedule have already been canceled or postponed by the event organizers. While the percussion section could play with face coverings, the logistics of such a feat prove a little more troublesome for the winds.
The Aurora American Legion Band has been a summer staple at many community events in the Aurora and Fox River Valley area for many years. The summer of 2020 will be like no other in the lives of most of us in more ways than one.
The Band Board and Conductors will continue to evaluate the potential for us to gather safely as an ensemble. We look forward to possibly having a brief set of winter and/or spring rehearsals for an off-season performance. This, of course, all depends on circumstances beyond our control, and the Board will continue to provide updates as decisions are made.
Until we are able to meet again, stay safe, and stay healthy,
Aurora American Legion Band Board of Directors
Serving Aurora and the Fox Valley Since 1937
In 1937, a pair of World War I veterans from Roosevelt-Aurora Post 84 in Aurora, IL formed a Cadet band comprising high school musicians.
Today, just as it was at its inception, the Aurora American Legion Band is an organization that encourages student musicians to develop a lifelong love affair with music. The Band also provides adult musicians the opportunity to continue playing and performing, wherever they are in their musical careers. The Band’s focus remains continuing music education, improving musicianship with an ever-expanding musical library of challenging pieces.
Whether you are seeking us out to attend one of our concerts, or to find out how to join us on stage this summer, you will find the information you are looking for on this site.
Where to See the Band
The Aurora American Legion Band performs primarily during the summer months. Our home is Aurora, IL, but the Band plays in Memorial Day and Independence Day parades, and indoor and outdoor concert appearances throughout the Western Suburbs of Chicago.
- Come back soon for 2020 dates!
The Aurora American Legion Band will enter its 82nd year in 2019. The Band, originally sponsored by Roosevelt-Aurora Post No. 84 in Aurora, Illinois, was formed in 1937 as a Cadet Band. Two World War I veterans invited Aurora-area high school bandsmen to play. During World War II the Band’s activities were temporarily halted, but in 1946 the Band reformed with veterans of both World Wars I and II. Later, veterans of Korea and Vietnam joined the ranks. The Band continues to be true to its patriotic roots, performing parades, concerts, and other observances in and around the Fox Valley.
The Aurora American Legion Band is entirely self-supporting; it subsists on donations and earnings from appearances, which includes two parades in Aurora each summer, and several concerts in and around the Fox Valley.
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Members and Prospective Members
- To inquire about joining the Band, please contact us.
- Rehearsals resume on May 9, 2019, at Herget Middle School.
- All members (new or returning) must fill out a Membership Application at the beginning of the season.
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