The Decatur Park District began Greater Decatur Youth Band in 1994 and we continue this  long-standing tradition that offers area band students the opportunity to continue playing in the summer months under the guidance of experienced music educators.  The Decatur Park District has hired Dr. Neal Smith, Chair of Music Education at Millikin University, with assistance from Alexandra Rodriguez (Millikin University, St. Teresa High School) to direct the Greater Decatur Youth Band. Performances include collaborations with Decatur Municipal Band and Summer Strings programs and guest conductor Dr. Corey Seapy, director of bands at Millikin, as well as performing at the Decatur Celebration Parade.

Jump Start / 0 -1 year / Monday & Wednesdays / 9 – 9:45 a.m.
Crescendo / 2+ years /Monday & Wednesdays / 10 – 11:15 a.m.

Location: Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center
Dates: June 15 – July 29; Celebration Parade
Rehearsals for Crescendo band students Aug. 3 & 5
Fee: $80 ($72 with resident discount)
$5 discount for 2nd child
Deadline: June 10

Millikin Homestead / July 8 / 6:30 p.m.

Devon Amphitheater / July 15 / 6:30 p.m.
**Crescendo band students only**

Scovill Zoo / July 19 / 1 – 4 p.m.
**Jumpstart band students only; exact performance time TBA**

Fairview Park / July 29 / 6:30 p.m.

Decatur Celebration Parade / August 8 / TBD
**Crescendo band students only**


Stay connected with the Greater Decatur Youth Band and its director, Dr. Neil Smith, throughout the year. Visit the GDYB Facebook page here!