Save the Date:
Our next annual concert will be on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Tickets may be requested on this site via messaging us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Milwaukee Police Band performed their annual concert on Saturday, February 4, 2017 to a record crowd of over 700 people. Thank you very much to all that attended. And, just a reminder our next annual concert will be on Saturday, February 3, 2018.
The Stars and Stripes forever!
Each year since the early beginnings of the band, there has been an annual fall concert. Up until the 1980's, the concert was held at the Milwaukee Auditorium with a dance to follow the concert. In 1986, the band moved their concert to the Historic Pabst Theater where the concert is performed today.
This historic concert features additional members of the department and the community and is featured as a pop's concert for all ages. The concert is free and open to the public and is a variety concert featuring guest vocalists as well as children and family of the band members.
(Above photo was taken by Milwaukee Police Band photographer Retired Detective Carol Starr)
Milwaukee Police Band Jazz Ensemble at the annual concert in 2015
Band member Lisa Bohachef performing a Vibraphone solo of the piece "Classical Gas".
Milwaukee Police Band vocalist's performing in concert together to a Carole King medley. Left to Right-Kerri Jokala, Carrie Moore, Shannon Smikowski, Carolyn Tillman.
Every year our very own children perform in our annual concert as the "Milwaukee Police Band Kids." This year, 2015, they were Oompa Loompa's performing to the music of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Milwaukee Police Band Vocalist Shannon Smikowski singing during an excerpt of the Band of Brothers
Milwaukee Police Band Vocalist Carolyn Tillman singing in 2012 to a tribute to Whitney Houston
On Friday, May 6, 2011 Maestro Marvin Hamlisch directed the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert featuring songs of Marvin Hamlisch. During this concert the song entitled, “One Song, One Voice” was performed. Director Karen Dubis attended this concert and then spent the next few weeks attempting to obtain the music for the Milwaukee Police Band to perform this piece at the annual fall concert. Being unsuccessful at finding the printed music anywhere, she finally contacted the Marvin Hamlisch website and emailed a request to help her find the music.
On Thursday, May 19, 2011, Director Dubis was contacted by phone by a man associated with the website and she told him this story. He told her to email her story to another email address that he gave her and so she did.
The next day Director Dubis received a phone call and the voice on the other end of the phone stated, “This is Marvin Hamlisch.” Maestro Hamlisch told her that he received her request and that he was going to have his Music Librarian send the music free of charge to One Song, One Voice. Director Dubis received the music the next day…..Fed Ex overnight.
Program (above and below) for the Annual Concert in 1986
Milwaukee Police Band annual concert on October 28, 1953 at the Milwaukee Auditorium
Additional Photos of the Milwaukee Police Band Annual Fall Concert
Annual Concert and Dance at the Milwaukee Auditorium on October 28, 1964
Annual Concert October 28, 1964 featuring vocal soloist Josephine Bussalachi
Milwaukee Journal Article regarding Annual Concert on November 4, 1978 with Director Perry Chalfoux
Annual Concert at the Pabst Theater on November 7, 2009 with the Milwaukee Police Band kids
Annual Concert at the Pabst Theater November 5, 2011
Annual Concert at the Pabst Theater November 8, 2014 with Director Karen Dubis
Annual Concert at the Pabst Theater November 8, 2014 as Police Chief Edward Flynn speaks