The eighth concert of the 155th season of the Michigan City Municipal Band (MCMB) will be held on Thursday, July 27, 7:30p, at the Guy F. Foreman Bicentennial Amphitheater in Washington Park. The band plays a variety of music to entertain audience members of all ages. All concerts are free and everyone is welcome. Jeffrey Scott Doebler is the conductor and Quincy Ford is the assistant conductor. Dr. Doebler serves as director of music education at Valparaiso University. Mr. Ford, principal saxophone in the MCMB, retired director of bands and Music Department chair at Michigan City High School. Quincy Ford will lead the band this week.
The July 27 concert program will include:
El Capitan by John Philip Sousa, arr. Keith Brion and Loras SchisselMarche Militaire Francaise by Camille Saint-Saens, arr. M. L. LakeAncient Flower by Yukiko NishimuraSondheim! by Stephen Sondheim, arr. Stephen BullaBest of the West!, arr. Michael StoryAmerican Barndance by Richard SaucedoEnter Sandman by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett, arr. Paul MurthaArmed Forces Salute arr. Bob LowdenBlock M (Concert March) by Jerry BilikThis Is My Country by Don Raye and Al Jacobs, arr. Hawley Ades
Our tradition is to invite the audience to sing 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 song for the audience to sing. The lyrics to each song are posted on the MCMB’s Facebook page and can be accessed on your smartphone.
The MCMB 155th season consists of ten free Thursday concerts, ending August 10. All concerts begin at 7:30p and last about an hour. Parking is available in the lot closest to the amphitheater, as well as the Michigan City Senior Center. Entrance to the park is free with a Michigan City Park sticker, otherwise there is a small fee.
Rick Carlson, principal trumpet for MCMB, will be the announcer.