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Wheaton Municipal Band to pay tribute to announcer

Announcer Pete Friedmann celebrating 35 years with band

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 5:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 12:29 p.m. CDT
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The Wheaton Municipal Band will celebrate Pete Friedmann's 35th anniversary as announcer for the band during its concert at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in Memorial Park, 202 W. Union Ave. in downtown Wheaton.

WHEATON – Wheaton Municipal Band announcer Pete Friedmann choked up with emotions when he heard the band in July perform "The Friedmann Fanfare" to commemorate his 35th year with the band.

"It was deeply moving," Friedmann said. "I was kind of an emotional wreck the rest of the concert. It's humbling and it's an incredible honor to have a new piece of music commissioned in your honor."

"The Friedmann Fanfare" will be performed again during the Wheaton Municipal Band's concert at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave. in downtown Wheaton. During the concert, the band will be celebrating Friedmann's 35th anniversary.

Through his announcements, Friedmann said he tries to give audience members some insight into what they will hear.

"I do research the music we are going to play and try to say something about either that musical selection or the composer," he said. "I view my role as being the host. I kind of set the tone for the concert. I try to be informative for the audience, so they can appreciate the music and the performance even more."

Friedmann auditioned for the announcer role 35 years ago after being "discovered" by Wheaton Municipal Band Music Director Bruce Moss, who has been conducting the band for 37 years.

During Friedmann's first year of announcing with the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band in 1981, Moss was doing graduate work at Northwestern University.

"He was a graduate assistant with the marching band," Friedmann said. "He said to me, 'You know, there's an opening for this band that I conduct in Wheaton, and you might be good at that. You ought to audition.'''

In announcing Moss during the concerts, Friedmann will occasionally refer to him as "mosstro" instead of maestro.

"It really is a term of respect," Friedmann said. "It's a playful thing to call him 'mosstro,' but it also doubles as a term of respect and endearment because he's a close friend. I'm there because of him, and I've stayed around for 35 years because of him."

The two have grown to be good friends, which is on display during the band's performances.

"He'll [throw] barbs at me, and I'll throw barbs right back at him," Moss said. "I think people know we're genuinely good friends."

Moss said Friedmann has been a great asset to the band.

"He's kind of part of the whole experience of seeing the band," Moss said.

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