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Public Meeting for the 5 Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update
To view the Parks & Recreation Virtual Open House invite please click on it.
Job Opening: Laborer in the Parks and Cemetery Division
The City of St. Joseph is currently accepting applications for the position of a full-time Laborer in the Parks and Cemetery Division.Read more ...
Request for Proposals (RFP) Milton Park Amphitheater Replacement
The City of St. Joseph is accepting proposals from interested landscaping contractors with sufficient information to submit proposals for consideration by the City of St. Joseph in connection with its needs for renovating the atphitheater at Milton Park 1524 Niles Ave, St. Joseph, Michigan.Read more ...
Before placing Political Signs, or any type of Temporary Signs, on your private property please become familiar with the current ordinance. Click Temporary Sign Information to view a pamphlet highlighting recent revisions.
Notice of Remote Public Bid Opening for City Hall HVAC Controls
To view the Public Notice scheduled for Tuesday, September 8 at 3:00 pm, please click on it.
Request for Proposals (RFP) Storage Building Painting
The City of St. Joseph is accepting proposals from interested area painting contractors with sufficient information to submit proposals for consideration by the City of St. Joseph in connection with its needs for exterior painting for the Storage Building located at the St. Joseph City Boat Launch 282 Anchors Way, St. Joseph Michigan.Read more ...
Job Opening: Ice Arena Operations - Seasonal Employment
The City of St. Joseph is now accepting applications for seasonal employment at the John & Dede Howard Ice Arena for the upcoming Fall/Winter season.Read more ...
Job Opening: Ice Arena Operations Assistant
The City of St. Joseph is seeking an assistant ice arena manager for the John & Dede Howard Ice Arena.Read more ...
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St. Joseph Municipal Band
The City of St. Joseph offers video concerts released each concert day, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Normally the concert would take place at the John E. N. Howard Band Shell.
Featured Performers for the September 6 video
Gary Cooper, Trombone Solo; Jim Kraus, accompanist
Gary Cooper- Trombone, attended Lake Michigan College, Indiana University at South Bend, and the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He has studied Trombone with Arnold Jacobs, EdwardKlienhammer, Jay Friedman, and Charles Vernon and has studied Voice with Margret Hillis and Thomas Hardy. Cooper has sung with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and has performed solo roles in Mahler's Eighth Symphony, Boris Godunov by Mussorsky, and Moses und Aaron by Arnold Schoenberg. He has worked under the direction of Sir George Solti, James Levine, Claudio Abbado and Margaret Hillis. He has performed as a soloist with the Southwestern Michigan Symphony, Elkhart Symphony as well as many ensembles throughout England and Europe. He has played on stage with the New York traveling ensemble of “Chicago” and with “Celtic Women” in their recent shows in South Bend, Indiana. He recently was the featured soloist with the Andrews University Symphonic Winds European tour. Gary Cooper is Artist in Residence in the St. Joseph Schools and teaches for Southwestern Michigan College. He also teaches at Citadel Arts Center in Benton Harbor and teaches privately. He continues to perform as a Vocalist and Principal Trombonist with the St. Joseph Municipal Band and plays Principal Trombone in the Southwest Michigan Symphony and the Whiting Park Festival Orchestra. Gary also performs with several brass quintets; SMSO Brass Quintet, Quintessence Brass, and with North American Brass Company in the Southwest Michigan and Indiana areas. He is active as a clinician and soloist in the Midwest area.
He is a regular accompanist for area students at music festivals, competitions and recitals. Mr. Kraus has also composed various sacred cantatas for soloists, choir and orchestra, and choral, solo vocal and instrumental works as well. Mr. Kraus teaches piano and organ at Lake Michigan College where he has taught various music classes for over twenty years. Mr. Kraus is one of the artistic directors of the Southwest Michigan
Symphony Chorus and is associate conductor of the chorus. He and David Carew have co-directed two international choir tours leading the Southwest Michigan Chorale in Ireland and Central Europe. They are planning another choir tour to Italy.
Dr. Jonathan Korzun, Coordinator
Jay Crouch Mary Davidson DeLain Bomer Gary Cooper Richard Heemer
Gary Kurtis Marc Churchill
Michael Shannon Alan Mitchell
Stacie Detgen French Horn Solo
Kathleen Warinner, Accompanist
Featured Performers for the September 7 video
‘Stars and Stripes Forever’ by John Philip Sousa
"Jake Roorda, St. Joseph, is an electrical engineer for GE Aviation where he
designs special purpose computers for aircraft. He is the Municipal Band’s
"Audio Visual Designer” for the special video productions. He has been running
live audio/visual setups for 10 years for church events and Youth Unlimited.
He also plays clarinet with the St. Joseph Municipal Band and as a community
member with the Calvin University Symphonic Band during the school year.
We especially thank him for his great work in putting together the band’s virtual
performance of “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.”
Vocal Duet: Eliabeth Gray-Roll, Jeff Whitaker
2020 St. Joseph Municipal Band
Corona Virus adjusted season
Website for each date below will be posted when video is released.
Pre-Season Concert Videos:
- Sunday, May 11 Municipal Band Mother’s Day Tribute
- Monday, May 25 Municipal Band Memorial Day Tribute
- Sunday, June 21 Father’s Day Tribute
- Wednesday, July 8 Tribute to the John E. N. Howard Band Shell
Regular Concert Season Videos:
- Saturday, July 4 Municipal Band Patriotic Video
- Sunday, July 5 Municipal Band Video
- Sunday, July 12 Jazz Combo Video
- Sunday, July 19 Municipal Band Video
- Sunday, July 26 Municipal Band Video
- Sunday, Aug. 2 Municipal Band Video
- Sunday, Aug. 9 Jazz Combo Video
- Sunday, Aug. 16 Municipal Band Video
- Sunday, Aug. 23 Municipal Band Video
- Sunday, Aug. 30 Municipal Band Video
- Sunday, Sept. 6 Municipal Band Video
- Sunday, Sept. 7 Municipal Band Memorial Day Video
St. Joseph Municipal Band
St. Joseph Municipal Jazz Band
Our thanks to: the City Manager, John Hodgson, Head of Public Works, Greg Grothous, Mayor, Michael Garey, City Commissioners and Taxpayers. Because of their support we produced weekly video concert productions for YouTube for the 2020 Covid season. We hope to return to our regular live concerts in 2021 and look forward to once again seeing fine familiar faces.
Until then if your haven’t already subscribed, please do so at our concert YouTube web site just in case we have a surprise greeting for you or if you want to see or share a concert again at: sjcity.com/band
John E. N. Howard, was conductor of the Municipal Band beginning in 1948 through 1987; he also was the St. Joseph High School Band Director until he retired in 1963. The band has been conducted by Dr. Donald Moely, since 1987.
Dr. Donald K. Moely Director St. Joseph Municipal Band
Dr. Moely has completed 33 years as Director of the St. joseph Municipal Band. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, followed by his Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Music Education from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Moely served as Director of Bands at Winona State University, IN Winona, Minnesota. During his term there he developed the Symphonic Band this was followed by the position of Chairman of the Music Department, and Director of Bands at Lake michigan College, where he directed the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Show Choir, taught brass lessons and piano classes in the electronic keyboard lab. Dr. Moely received several outstanding commendation awards for his leadership in the college's music program. During his work there Donald and Eloise Moely received the Bernard Radde Award given annually by the College Board of Trustees to outstanding contributors to the development of Lake Michigan College. He directed a European music tour featuring the college's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Show Choir. Dr. Moely continued his post Doctorate studies in trumpet and music education administration at North Texas State University and received a Sabbatical leave from the college to study trumpet and orchestral conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg Austria. He recently retired as the choral director of John Adams High School in the South Bend Public Schools. Donald and Eloise Moely are the parents of a daughter Donelle, son Michael (Laura) and grandson Matthew living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
"Serving the St. Joseph audiences takes a different form this season with prepared concert videos each Sunday and holidays during this 2020 summer season. We encourage our fine audiences to tune into our videos during this adapted season. We look forward to seeing you again in person at the beautiful scenic setting of the City of St. Joseph John E. N. Howard Band Shell."
City Boat Launch
The City Boat Launch is located at 282 Anchor's Court, on Marina Island. There is a small daily per car/trailer parking fee for both residents and non-residents; residents and non-residents may purchase a season parking permit from the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. For current parking permit fees, click here.
September 25, 2013, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with the grand opening of the new fish cleaning station located at the City Boat Launch. New restrooms were also constructed and are handicap accessible. The station, at the city's boat launch along Anchor's Way on Marina Island, has a roof for all-weather use, stainless steel tables and water hoses, outlets for electric knives and other appliances, a grinder that emulsifies fish guts, and a scaler for perch and other catch. Employees at West Basin Marina will keep the station clean.
The cost for the project was estimated at $330,000 but was completed for $265,800, including $105,800 in city funds.The project was made possible by a $150,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Great Lakes Fishery Trust and a $10,000 donation from the local chapter of Michigan Steelheaders, which promotes salmon fishing.
Dickinson Park | Parks
Dickinson Park, at the corner of Lakeview and Wallace Avenues, is owned by the City. The park contains baseball and softball fields and is the home of the high school baseball and softball teams. The fields are available for public use when not occupied by school activities.
John and Dede Howard Family Recreational Trail
The John and Dede Howard Family Recreation Trail begins behind the Water Plant, at the south end of Lions Park Drive (just below the pedestrian bridge from Lake Court), and runs north to Park Street; west to Silver Beach (use the sidewalk); north along the park sidewalk to Elm Street; north and then east along the edges of Whirlpool Field; north on the south side of Vine Street; east through the Upton Arboretum along the St. Joseph River, and continues east below the Berrien County Courthouse before ending at the Bicentennial Bridge. This multi-use path allows for beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River over most of its length. Trail map
John E.N. Howard Band Shell
Kiwanis Park | Parks
Kiwanis Park is located on Pearl Street near Langley Avenue; there is also a picnic shelter available for use. Visit https://stjosephmi.myrec.com/ or call (269) 983-6341 to make reservations. If not rented groups may use the shelter on a first come, first-served basis. The park also has a softball filed, a basketball court, and playground equipment. Kiwanis Park is also home to the John and Dede Howard Skateboard Park, an in-line skating/skateboarding/BMX biking facility.
You will also find the Dog Park at this location.
Lions Park Beach | Parks
Lions Park Beach located at the south end of Lions Park Drive, has three shelters, public restrooms, grills, picnic tables, and playground equipment. There are no lifeguards and swimming at this beach is discouraged. Residents may obtain a free seasonal parking permit from the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. Non-residents are required to pay at the Pay to Park meters located within the Park. They can pay for hourly, daily or a seasonal pass at the Pay to Park meters. For current parking permit fees, click here.
Margaret B. Upton Arboretum
Margaret B. Upton Arboretum provides approximately eleven hundred feet of footage on the south side of the St. Joseph River, adjacent to the downtown area. The park is a great place to take the kids and feed the ducks or to enjoy the many sculptures placed throughout the park. The Howard Recreation Trail passes through the arboretum.
Lookout Park | Parks
Lookout Park located on Lakeshore Drive north of Hawthorne Avenue, has two separate parking areas with picnic facilities allowing a scenic view of Lake Michigan. The southerly parking area includes the Richard Kiesel Memorial Viewing Structure, which allows visitors the closest approach to the edge of the bluff and the best view.
Milton Park | Parks
Milton Park is located at the corner of Niles and Winchester Avenues. It is a passive park with play area and playground equipment.
Riverview Park | Parks
Whittlesey Park | Parks
Whittlesey Park located at 2414 Willa Drive, is home to the John and Dede Howard Ice Arena; there is an open play field adjacent to the Ice Arena.
Tiny Tots Park | Parks
Tiny Tot's Park is located at the corner of Willa Drive and Botham Avenue and has a playground specifically designed for younger children.
Tour of St. Joseph, Michigan
Your tour will start at Lake Bluff Park, near the Whitcomb Hotel. As you scan the area below the bluff you notice the Margaret B. Upton Arboretum with its many sculptures and park benches, the St. Joseph River, the St. Joseph Lighthouse and magnificent Lake Michigan. It is these vital waterways that have helped shape the destiny of the region.
John & Dede Howard Skate Park | Parks
The John and Dede Howard Skate Park is an in-line skating, skateboarding, and BMX biking facility. Complete with ramps, rails and half-pipes. Helmets are recommended.
A Zoning Map of the City can be found under the Code of Ordinances webpage. Other maps are available on the City's current master plan located under the Zoning Department's webpage. If you require a more "tourist-friendly" map of downtown please visit St. Joseph Today's location map (please report if link is broken). If you have further questions about Maps in the City of St. Joseph please feel free to contact the City and we will be happy to help you.
Looking for something fun to do? St. Joseph offers 17 parks encompassing more than 200 acres, with a variety of recreational opportunities. Whether you prefer an afternoon of fishing, relaxing on one of our beaches, taking a stroll along picturesque trails, or hitting the skateboard park, you're sure to find it here. Current Beach Conditions
John and Dede Howard Ice Rink
Located off of Willa Drive and adjacent to Whittlesey Park, the John and Dede Howard Ice Arena is a great, family-friendly, ice rink within the City of St. Joseph to bring your friends and family.
Plan My St. Joseph Wedding?
St. Joseph, known for its abundant natural resources and great picturesque landscapes, makes a wonderful place to get married. St. Joseph has been nationally acclaimed as "Michigan's Most Romantic City" by the Detroit Free Press and the "Riviera of the Midwest" by the Fine Living Channel.
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