Thursday, July 11, 2019 Concert

The sixth concert of the 151st season of the Michigan City Municipal Band (MCMB) will take place Thursday, July 11, 7:30p, at the Guy F. Foreman Bicentennial Amphitheater in Washington Park.

Guest artist on the July 11 concert will be Dr. Quincy Hilliard, Grammy Award-nominated composer and active guest conductor from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, who will conduct two of his compositions: Sesenta and Octane. Sesenta was commissioned by the Michigan City Municipal Band and premiered on June 6. Sesenta is Spanish for “60,” and celebrates Dr. Guy Foreman’s 60 years as conductor of the MCMB.

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Thursday, June 27 Concert

The fourth concert of the 151st season of the Michigan City Municipal Band (MCMB) will take place Thursday, June 27, 7:30p, at the Guy F. Foreman Bicentennial Amphitheater in Washington Park.

Guest soloist on the June 27 concert will be Anne Bice, voice professor from Valparaiso University. Ms. Bice has extensive performance experience and sings in a wide variety of styles. Prof. Bice will sing music by George and Ira Gershwin, and music made popular by Nat King Cole.

Andria Kessler, oboe and English horn player in the Michigan City Municipal Band, will conduct a medley from the popular film, The Greatest Showman. Ms. Kessler is one of the band conductors in the Valparaiso Community Schools.

The MCMB welcomes suggestions for repertoire. Requests received last summer to be performed on June 27 include music by jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke and the Swedish popular music group Abba.

The June 27 concert repertoire will be:

The Star-Spangled Banner
Bix Beiderbecke in Concert
Music from The Greatest Showman
Embraceable You by George and Ira Gershwin
They Can’t Take That Away from Me by George and Ira Gershwin
That Sunday That Summer, made popular by Nat King Cole
Abba on Broadway
Let There Be Peace on Earth
Right Left March by John Philip Sousa
Patriotic sing along: America, the Beautiful

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. (During the week of Independence Day, the concert will be held on Friday, July 5.) 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.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 Concert

The third concert of the 151st season of the Michigan City Municipal Band (MCMB) will take place Thursday, June 20, 7:30p, at the Guy F. Foreman Bicentennial Amphitheater in Washington Park. The band plays a variety of music designed to entertain audience members of all ages. All concerts are free and everyone is welcome. Jeffrey Scott Doebler is the conductor for the MCMB and Quincy Ford is the assistant conductor. Dr. Doebler serves as director of music education and bands at Valparaiso University. Mr. Ford, principal saxophone in the MCMB, is retired director of bands from Michigan City High School.

Guest vocal soloist on the June 20 concert will be Aaron Garrett, school counselor at Michigan City High School. Mr. Garrett performs regularly with the La Porte Symphony Orchestra and is a two time runner up of Hoosier Star. He is also the resident director of the Young People’s Theatre Company in Michigan City. Mr. Garrett will sing Henry Mancini’s Moon River from the movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s and the Josh Groban hit You Raise Me Up. Assistant Director Quincy Ford will lead the band this week.

The June 20 concert repertoire will include:

The Star-Spangled Banner
March Grandioso by Roland F. Seitz
Third Suite by Robert Jager
Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughn Williams
The Bonsai Tree by Julie Giroux
Moon River by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini
You Raise Me Up arr. by John Wasson
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka by Johann Strauss
Highlights from Jersey Boys arr. Michael Brown
The Diplomat by John Philip Sousa
Audience Sing-a-long “You’re A Grand Old Flag” by George M. Cohan

The 2019 concert series consists of ten free Thursday concerts, beginning June 6 and ending August 8. (During the week of Independence Day, the concert will be held on Friday, July 5.) All concerts begin at 7:30p and last about an hour. Parking is available in the lots 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 parking fee.

Rick Carlson, principal trumpet for the MCMB will be the announcer.

Thursday June 13, 2019 Concert

The second concert of the 151st season of the Michigan City Municipal Band (MCMB) will take place Thursday, June 13, 7:30p, at the Guy F. Foreman Bicentennial Amphitheater in Washington Park.

Guest soloist on the June 13 concert will be Anne Bice, voice professor from Valparaiso University. Ms. Bice has extensive performance experience and sings in a wide variety of styles. Prof. Bice will sing a suite of Irish folk songs, as well as Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz.

The MCMB welcomes suggestions for repertoire. Requests received last summer to be performed on June 13 include music by Glen Campbell and the classic Poet and Peasant Overture by von Suppe.

The band will also pay tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, with a medley that contains her classic hits Respect, A Natural Woman, and Think.

The June 13 concert repertoire will be:

The Star-Spangled Banner
Octane by Quincy Hilliard
By the Time I Get to Phoenix and Gentle on My Mind by Jimmy Webb
Poet and Peasant Overture by Franz von Suppe
A Prayer for Peace by John Williams
Irish Songs arr. Robert W. Smith
Over the Rainbow arr. Warren Barker
The Queen of Soul arr. Paul Murtha
Rolling Thunder March by Henry Fillmore
Patriotic sing along: The Ultimate Patriotic Sing Along arr. Jerry Brubaker

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. (During the week of Independence Day, the concert will be held on Friday, July 5.) 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.