Greenville Municipal Band draws large crowds

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Greenville Municipal Band performs at Sunday night concert in the park. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE—The Greenville Municipal Band took the stage at the Marling Band Shell in beautiful Greenville City Park. A large crowd enjoyed a Sunday evening concert directed by veteran director JR Price, with guest vocalist Chelsea Whirledge singing four songs accompanied by the band while mains of the recent tornado were evident, but the band shell was spared any major damage.

“That tornado could have been so much more damage than it was,” said Price. “We’ll exchange many broken trees and things like that for what could have possibly happened to our city and community, let alone the Marling Band Shell.”

Greenville Municipal Band plays to a large crowd at city’s Marling Band Shell. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“The band is incredible,” said Greenville Mayor Jeff Whitaker. “They put in a lot of time rehearsing. Robin and I come out here every time they have a concert. We enjoy it, and these folks deserve a good audience because of their hard work.”

The concert band continues to draw the finest musicians of all ages from the area, bringing praise from Price.

JR Price directs Greenville Municipal band at Marling Band Shell in Greenville City Park. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“The band is a very fun group to work with,” Price stated. “They are very gifted musicians, and I am blessed to be the director of this organization. We have two or three kids who are still in college, all the way up to seasoned veterans like myself and in the group, so it is quite neat to see.”

“The size of the crowds we are unreal,” he continued. “We are well up into the many hundreds, and that is just the way Greenville and Darke County has been for us. They have accepted us as part of the Sunday routine, and they can come out to this park, enjoy their families, enjoy some music, spend an hour and a half away from life for a while, and relax.”

Chelsea Whirledge performs one of her solos with Greenville Municipal Band at Greenville City Park. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The City of Greenville is a big contributor to the concerts from the Parks and Recreation each year.

“My message to people who don’t have much good to say about Greenville is that you are missing the boat, folks,” said Mayor Whitaker. “There is so much going on in Greenville.”

“Main Street Greenville does an excellent job promoting not only Downtown Greenville but also events going on, as does Darke County Visitors Bureau,” Whitaker added. “They work hand-in-hand in promoting Greenville and Darke County. They are located at the Welcome Center in Downtown Greenville, and they do an incredible job.”

Remaining schedule for Summer Concerts in the Park 2024

July 14, Greenville Municipal Concert Band

July 21, Greenville Municipal Jazz Band

Aug. 4, Greenville Municipal Concert Band

Aug. 11, Greenville Municipal Concert Band

Aug. 18, No Concert, Enjoy the Darke County Fair

Aug. 25, Greenville Municipal Jazz Band

Sept. 1, Grand Finale