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Posted on: September 21, 2016

Jerry Hoover and the Firehouse Band Kicks-Off New First Friday Concert Series



Springfield, MO. (September 21, 2016) - Please join the Springfield Art Museum and Play It Forward SWMO on Friday, October 7 at 7 PM in the Museum’s auditorium for the first in a series of First Friday concerts featuring the incomparable Jerry Hoover and the Firehouse Band. A $5 donation to Play It Forward SWMO covers admission to the concert. Admission to the Springfield Art Museum is free.

All donations benefit Play It Forward SWMO, whose mission is to provide quality musical instruments to music programs and individuals in our community that are most in need. In addition, funds raised are used to repair and refurbish donated instruments. This concert series was designed not only to increase awareness for Play It Forward SWMO’s programs, but to highlight the diverse talents of musicians throughout the area. A new musical guest, scheduled by Play It Forward SWMO’s Director Ruell Chappell, will be featured at each concert.

With generous support from Reliable Superstore, Car-Fi, and Panera Bread, guests of “Music, Art & Bagels” will enjoy complimentary snacks, free Museum parking, a roaring evening of jazz and Dixieland favorites, and can then take advantage of the free First Friday Art Walk Shuttle that will ferry them to Art Walk locations around downtown.

Jerry Hoover is the recently retired former Director of Bands at Missouri State University and his Firehouse Band has delighted audiences around the country. “We are extremely honored to have Mr. Hoover start off this new concert series,” notes Museum Director Nick Nelson. “His dedication to music and music education has made a tremendous impact on our region. Through collaborations like these with other arts organizations, we hope to carry a part of that progress forward to continue improving the landscape for the arts across southwest Missouri.”


The Springfield Art Museum is Springfield, Missouri’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. A department of the City of Springfield, we are dedicated to enhancing the education and documenting the cultural heritage of the people of southwest Missouri through the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art objects. For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact Joshua Best, Development and Marketing Coordinator, 417-874-2859 or

Play It Forward SWMO is a Springfield based program begun in 2015 as a chapter of Play It Forward Musical Foundation in St. Louis, established in 2006. Their mission is to ensure children in SWMO, regardless of income level are provided with the opportunity to discover his or her musical talents.

For more information, please visit or contact Ruell Chappell at or 417-848-6543.

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