The DeKalb Municipal Band marks 160 years with a concert of holiday music Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Egyptian Theatre. Proceeds from the concert go to the Palmer Family Music Education Fund. Kirk Lundbeck succeeded the band’s longtime leader, the late Dee Palmer, as director three years ago. WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke with Lundbeck recently about the concert and the anniversary.
GS: Most people think of the band as a summer band. So why a holiday concert?
The DeKalb area lost one of its most celebrated residents this weekend. Dee Palmer died in his home Saturday, just a few months after wrapping up his 63rd season as conductor of the DeKalb Municipal Band. He was 97.