Lincoln-Way Central graduate to conduct ensemble concert with free admission
Friday, March 17, 2017

Peter Manzi, a 2003 graduate of Lincoln-Way Central, will be returning to New Lenox on Sunday, April 2, 2017 to direct the performance of the Carlsbad High School Symphonic Band and String Ensemble from Carlsbad, California. The performance will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of New Lenox (UMCNL), located at 339 New Lenox Road in New Lenox, Illinois, and will be free to the public.

Upon graduating from Lincoln-Way Central, Manzi attended Millikin University where he received a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education; he then attended VanderCook College of Music where he received a master’s degree in music education, eventually becoming the director of the Carlsbad High School Band in southern California.

While traveling to Chicago to play at the Heritage Festival Competition, Manzi’s award-winning band will also have the opportunity to perform many classics in their director’s own hometown. The program will include audience-friendly music that will be recognizable by all.

“I am so excited to bring these talented musicians of Carlsbad High School home to New Lenox and show them where I got my start in music,” says Manzi. “Presenting this concert is a way for me to give back to so many in the Lincoln-Way area who helped mold me into the musician and educator I am today."

Lincoln-Way Central graduate and longtime friend of Manzi, Katy Taylor (McClure), will also showcase her vocal talents with the band, accompanied by UMCNL organist Karen Weirman. “The opportunity to perform again at the United Methodist Church of New Lenox where Katy and I performed several times together growing up is extremely special for me, and I can't wait to reunite with her as she performs with the group,” says Manzi.

A special appearance will be made by the Carlsbad High School String Ensemble who will be join the band on the trip. Admission to the concert will be free, and a free will donation offering will be taken to support the United Methodist Women Hannah Circle’s charities.