2007: Giving Back to the Community

The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band provided a benefit concert for the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Westbrook Auditorium. This was the band’s opportunity to say “thank you” to the friends who had helped with expenses for trips AND a great chance to help out another “not-for-profit organization”. The event was planned by Howard Hill, son of piccolo player Roland Hill.

Another gesture of giving was presented to the band in the form of a period ball organized by the band’s dance instructors, Larry and Connie Wachtveitl. The Wachtveitls had formed a class of dancers called the Peoria-Metamora Dance Society and decided a period ball was in order at Metamora. Many thanks to our dancers for a great evening!

The 33rd Band helped Illinois State University celebrate its 150th birthday by kicking off its annual “Concerts on the Quad” series on July 2. Since the band’s namesake had been mustered in 1861 at this same “State Normal University”, this certainly seemed an appropriate venue for our “History Through Music”!

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