News TemplateAurora Legion Band To Conclude Season with Concert at St. Paul Lutheran Church

Aurora American Legion Band 2023 Season Finale

The all-volunteer Aurora American Legion Band will conclude its 2023 season with a concert at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Aurora's west side.

The concert will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at 3:00 pm at 85 South Constitution Drive in Aurora. The concert is free to attend; however, donations to the band are greatly appreciated.

The band, formed in 1937, honors those actively serving and veterans that served in the United States Armed Forces. The band primarily performs in the summer months, appearing in area parades and performing concerts at venues around the Fox River Valley.

"Our final concert will be the only concert indoors this season. We have been incredibly lucky with the weather this year, but performing indoors is a nice treat for not only our members but our audience as well," said band president Greg Probst.

The band pays tribute to America's military by playing patriotic standards and selections steeped in Americana. The band is known for closing each performance with a Salute to the Services, a medley of military service tunes transcribed by former member, the late Mike LaGow, and John Philip Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever, as performed by "The President's Own" United States Marine Band. The Band is led by conductor Patty Sampson who is currently in her 29th year of teaching and her 18th year at West Aurora High School. A native of Joliet, Miss Sampson earned her undergraduate degree in music from DePaul University and her Master’s degree in Music Education from Northwestern University. Aurora native Greg Hensel is the Band's associate conductor and trumpet section member. In his eleventh year of teaching high school band, Mr. Hensel received his undergraduate in Music Education at Illinois State University. 

In preparation for next year's season, the band is actively seeking veteran musicians to join as playing members.