Our story begins in 1854 when a group of musicians returned to DeKalb from the California Gold Rush after an unsuccessful attempt to strike it rich. They were organized as the DeKalb Silver Cornet Band and the music began its long journey to present day.
For 169 consecutive seasons the DeKalb Municipal Band has played on. It has become known as the longest continuous playing band in Illinois.
The band has survived several wars and conflicts, lack of funding and economic depressions, but throughout it all, not a lack of support from the community. Through good times and bad, the band plays on.
The band now presents an annual summer concert series conducted by Kirk Lundbeck. We also feature a number of soloists throughout the summer.