7:00 PM

The Allouez Village Band closes out its 2018-2019 season Monday, May 20, with a fun-filled evening of singing, a bit of dancing, some fancy solo work by the area’s most famed clarinetist — and, of course, the music of the all-volunteer 75-member Allouez Village Band.

“I Had a Pet Rock Named Hudson” is the theme of the concert.  As always, the evening is free of charge with the support of our concert sponsor, this month being Kinnard Heating and Cooling. Donations will be accepted following the concert.

Prior to the concert, the Allouez Village Band will also be saluting our veterans by partnering with AmVets Post 11 which for the third year will conduct a special collection in the lobby prior to the concert of household cleaning supplies and personal care items to be used for “spring cleaning baskets” for veterans living in Veterans Manor Apartments in Green Bay. Residents include both men and women. AmVets Post 11 thanks audience members in advance for their generosity.

“Our last concert is traditionally mostly ‘fun and frolic,’ and this year is no different. And talk about variety? We have variety!” said Mike Ajango, director of the Allouez Village Band. “We have Kevin Van Ess and Talk of the Town pre-concert and later feature Kevin Van Ess with the band. And we’ll have Sallie Petty both singing and tapping, plus we’ll have some of our members playing from the audience,” he continued. “The musical choices are wide and varied. It promises to be a very entertaining evening!” Also conducting during the evening will be associate director Paul Oleksy.

Vocalist Sallie Petty grew up in the De Pere area and holds a degree in musical theatre performance from UW-Green Bay and completed the musical theatre program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.  For years she taught at dance and performing arts studios in the area, and has appeared in many area musical productions.She will join the band in “If They Could See Me Now,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “For Good,” from the Broadway musical “Wicked” and “Song That Goes Like This.”

Kevin Van Ess is a world-class clarinet player and recently retired as an award-winning music educator in the Green Bay School District. He is both a Golden Apple Award winner and a Grammy-nominated music educator. He performs with his own group, The Talk of The Town. He’s also performed with clarinetist Pete Fountain, Bob Hope, Marie Osmond, Robert Goulet and Tom Jones, among others. Van Ess will join the band during “Basin Street Blues” and “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.”

Other music planned for the evening by the Allouez Village Band includes “They’re Off,” Selections from “The Great Race,” “Travelin’ Music” and “Gloria of the Brass.”

For more information about the concert and how you can support the 75-member Allouez Village Band’s mission in the community — including donating your unused instruments to local schools — see the band’s website at or like us on Facebook.

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