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Upcoming Events

First Band Rehearsal
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
6:30 PM

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Sounds of the Prairie Community Band

Formerly the carTunes Community Summer Band.

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About the Sounds of the Prairie Community Band

The Sounds of the Prairie Community Band is a concert/military band sponsored by C.A.R. The goals of the band are:

  • To provide a relaxed and fun outlet for amateur musicians to play and perform.
  • To provide an opportunity for young (high school) and seasoned musicians to play together, in hopes of growing the love of music performance in the hearts of young players.
  • To keep the spirit and tradition of community bands alive.
  • To provide approchable and enjoyable musical experiences for people in our community.

Performances begin in June and run through August. Rehearsals start in late May or early June. To receive a notice when registration opens, please subscribe to the C.A.R. announcements mailing list.

For a history of the band, see the Historical Information section.


Concert in the Park
Saturday, 21 June 2014
7:00 - 8:30 PM

Kolb Park in St. Joseph
The band opens its season with a rousing concert in the park. This will be a entertaining and relaxing evening of music which the whole family will enjoy. The event is outdoors. The rain date is Saturday, 28 Jun, same time. The concert is free.
Independence Day Concert
Friday, 4 July 2014
7:00-8:30 PM [tentative]

The park behind the Homer Village Hall
Join us for music and fireworks at the Homer Independence Day Celebration. The event is outdoors. The rain date is Saturday, 5 July 2013, same time. [tentative] The concert is free.
End-of-season Concert
Sunday, 10 August 2014
5:00-6:30 PM

The Botanical Gardens behind the Museum of the Grand Prairie (Mahomet).
The event is outdoors, weather permitting. Otherwise, the event will be held in the museum. The concert is free.

About the Director

Christi Lohrberg

Christi Lohrberg graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While there, she studied bassoon with Timothy McGovern and participated in many ensembles and activities, such as the Marching Illini, the UI Wind Symphony, the National Band Association, and CMENC. She also completed a Master's Degree in Educational Administration in 2013 at Eastern Illinois University.

Before returning to Champaign, she spent four years teaching 4th grade general music and 5th-12th grade band in El Paso Gridley CUSD #11. In addition to leading the marching, concert, and jazz programs, she began a new guitar program. Christi currently teaches 6th-8th grade band at Jefferson Middle School and Beginning Band at Kenwood and Westview Elementary Schools in Champaign, Illinois. She is also an active member of the National Association for Music Education.

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Announcements Mailing List

For those interested in receiving reminders about band performances and the opening of registration, please subscribe to the C.A.R. announcements mailing list.


Registration for each season begins in March. All high school students and adults are welcome to register. Less experienced performers may register with the consent of the director.

There is no geographical limit on who may participate. Anyone willing to attend the most rehearsals is welcome.

Registrations are accepted throughout the season. Regardless of when performers register, they must pay the full registration fee.

No auditions are required, but positions may be limited in order to maintain balance. Positions are filled in the order that the registrations are received.

The registration fee is $25. There is a cap of $50 per family.

For first time members, there is an additional cost of $10 to cover the cost of a T-shirt. Additional or replacement T-shirts may also be purchased at the same price. The family registration fee cap does not apply to T-shirts. Once the family registration fee cap is met, you must still pay $10 for each T-shirt.

Checks should be made payable to Community Arts Resource.

Please note that the summer band and summer chorus are two different activities. If you plan to participate in both, you must pay separate fees for each activity. Also, the T-shirts for each organization are different, so you must pay a separate fee to purchase each of these as well (unless you already have one from last year).

Please register online. If you cannot register online, you may print the registration form and send the completed form, along with the registration fee, to the address below.

Community Arts Resource
c/o Ross Bundy, President
1704 S. Southfield Drive
Mahomet, IL 61853

Auditions and Seating

No auditions are required in order to participate.

Performers are invited to sit in any order within their section.

Parts are not assigned. Performers are encouraged to agree upon these assignments among themselves. Performers are free to select the part with which they are most comfortable, as long as balance between the parts is maintained. Regardless of the assignment, all performers are encouraged to participate in all rehearsals.

Each section will have a section leader, assigned by the director or band president. The section leader is responsible for making sure that all parts are covered, particularly for concerts. Section leaders may help to organize and direct section rehearsals, if the section feels that it is necessary. Section leaders will be part of the calling tree. In the event of a last minute change or cancellation, they will be responsible for contacting the others in their sections. If a player will be absent during a rehearsal or concert, they should inform the section leader, band president, and band director. Section leaders may be asked to do other minor tasks such as collecting music from the sections.

In all cases, please note that the director may make changes in seating or part assignments at any time at his or her discretion.


Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:00 PM. (See a complete schedule below.)

Attendance at weekly rehearsals is expected, as is practicing the music on your own, as necessary. We recognize that vacations and other summer activities may prevent you from attending. If performers have a conflict with a rehearsal, they should notify the C.A.R. President or the director as far in advance as possible. Repeated absences may result in an individual being pulled from a performance. This decision is at the discretion of the director.

All performers are encouraged to attend all rehearsals even if they are not performing in the next, upcoming performance.

The rehearsal space opens 30 minutes before the beginning of each rehearsal. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of rehearsal. You may need to arrive earlier to allow for any necessary setup and warmup time which you might need. Rehearsals will start promptly.

Rehearsals will be held in Room C148 at Parkland College.

Performance Information (for Performers)

Performers are expected to attend performances. We recognize that vacations and other summer activities may prevent you from attending. If you have a conflict with any of the performance dates, please notify the C.A.R. President and the director as far in advance as possible, preferably at the time of registration. (Use the comments section of the registration form.)

The usual call time for performances is 30 minutes before the beginning of the performance. Earlier call times might be necessary from some performances. All call times are noted in the schedule below.

The list of music planned for upcoming concerts can be found here.

Instrumentation and Equipment

We accept all traditional band instruments. Other instrumentalists may participate at the discretion of the director.

Musicians are generally responsible for providing their own instruments and equipment. Musicians should bring their own portable music stands. The summer band will provide percussion instruments as needed. The band may be able to assist musicians in finding instruments if they do not have instruments of their own; however, the band cannot guarantee that an instrument will be available.


All rehearsals are 6:30-8:15 PM and will be held in Room C148 at Parkland College.

Tue, 27 May     Rehearsal
Tue, 3 Jun     Rehearsal
Tue, 10 Jun     Rehearsal
Tue, 17 Jun     Rehearsal
Sat, 21 Jun     Concert in the Park
Performance is outdoors at 7:00 - 8:30 PM.
Please arrive by 6:30 PM.
The concert will be in Kolb Park located at the intersection of Elm and Sherman Streets in St. Joseph
The rain date is Sat, 28 Jun, same time.
Tue, 24 Jun     Rehearsal
Tue, 1 Jul     Rehearsal
Fri, 4 Jul     Independence Day Concert
Performance is 7:00 - 8:30 PM. [tentative]
Please arrive by 7:00 PM.
We will set up on the large concrete pad behind the Homer Village Hall located at:
500 East Second Street
Homer, IL 61849

The rain date is Sat 5 Jul, same time.
Tue, 8 Jul     Rehearsal
Tue, 15 Jul     Rehearsal
Tue, 22 Jul     Rehearsal
Tue, 29 Jul     Rehearsal
Tue, 5 Aug     Rehearsal
Sun, 10 Aug     Mid-summer Concert
Performance is 5:00 - 6:30 PM.
Please arrive by 4:30 PM.
Weather permitting, this event will be held in the gardens behind the museum.
Otherwise, the event will be held in the meseum.

Historical Information

The band's very first reheasal was held on Tuesday, 2 June 2009. There were 47 players registered for the first season. The group's first concert was the Homer Independence Day Celebration, originally scheduled for Saturday, 4 July 2009, but moved to Saturday, 11 July 2009, because of whether. The concert was held at 7:00 PM behind the Homer Village Hall. The second concert was planned for the Saint Joseph Community Festival. However, this concert was also cancelled due to whether. There was no raindate for this event. Since this was the only other concert planned in 2009, the band only performed one concert the first year.

The name of the band was decided by the band members during the first season. The band members were polled for ideas. A large set of suggested names were proposed by the members. From these, an initial vote narrowed the field to a set of six names. On Tuesday, 16 June 2009, the final vote was taken. The name "CAR tunes" was selected, being a play on the sponsoring organization's name, Community Arts Resource, C.A.R. The band leadership changed the formatting of the name to "carTunes", with the same font as the then popular "iTunes".

In the 2012 season, the leadership decided that the name carTunes was confusing and should be changed. Suggestions were taken, and the band voted on June 5, 2012. The vote was close, but the winner was Sounds of the Prairie Community Band.

After 5 years of rehearsals at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, the band moved to Parkland College for the 2014 season.