The eighth concert of the 151st season of the Michigan City Municipal Band (MCMB) will take place Thursday, July 25, 7:30p, at the Guy F. Foreman Bicentennial Amphitheater in Washington Park.
Guest soloist on the July 25 concert will be Dakota Maze, tuba. Mr. Maze serves as principal tuba in the MCMB, and also plays tuba in Windiana and the LaPorte City Band. He recently graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in tuba performance. Mr. Maze will perform Beelzebub by Andrea Catozzi.
The Michigan City Municipal Band July 25 concert repertoire will be:
The Star-Spangled Banner
Our Cast Aways by Julie Giroux
Beelzebub by Andrea Catozzi (Dakota Maze, tuba soloist)
Moulin Rouge arr. Michael Brown (Sarah DeRossi, conductor)
Circus Galop by John Philip Sousa
On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss by David Holsinger
James Reese Europe’s 369th Hellfighter Band by James Reese Europe
The Symphonic Beatles arr. John Cacavas
Patriotic sing along: From Sea to Shining Sea (America, the Beautiful), arr. Maurice Whitney
Our tradition is to invite the audience to sing with the band at the beginning and ending of each concert. After the opening fanfare, the audience will sing along on The Star-Spangled Banner. Each concert ends with a familiar patriotic selection for the audience to sing.
The MCMB 151st season consists of ten free Thursday concerts, beginning June 6, and ending August 8. All concerts begin at 7:30p and last about an hour. The band plays a wide variety of music, with concerts designed to entertain audience members of all ages.
All of the concerts are free, and everyone is welcome. School band members and young children are especially encouraged to attend. Parking on Lake Shore Drive is prohibited. Parking is available in the lots closest to the amphitheater, as well as the Senior Center. Entrance to the park is free with a Michigan City Park sticker; otherwise, there is a small parking fee.
Jeffrey Scott Doebler is the conductor for the MCMB, and Quincy Ford is the assistant conductor. On November 3, 2018, Dr. Doebler was named a Distinguished Hoosier by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. Dr. Doebler serves as director of music education and bands at Valparaiso University. He is a past president of the Indiana Bandmasters Association and the Indiana Music Education Association. He is founder and conductor of Windiana: Professional Concert Band of Northwest Indiana. Mr. Ford, principal saxophone in the MCMB, is retired director of bands from Michigan City High School.
The band’s announcer is Rick Carlson.