2022 marks the 154th season of the Michigan City Municipal Band.  The 2022 concert series will consist of ten free Thursday concerts, beginning June 9, and ending August 11. All concerts begin at 7:30p and last about an hour at the Guy F. Foreman Bicentennial Amphitheater in Washington Park. The band plays a wide variety of music, with concerts designed to entertain audience members of all ages. The MCMB also plays for the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Greenwood Cemetery, and in the Michigan City Patriotic Parade.

Highlights of the summer concert series include special guest soloists and two commissions by award-winning composers. Soloists will be GySgt. Hiram Diaz, euphonium, from the US Marine Band (July 28); Dr. George Wolfe, saxophone (June 23); Anne Marie Bice, soprano (June 16 and 30); and Rick AmRhein, baritone/narrator (July 14). Additional soloists may be announced later in the season.

The world premiere of Where the Stormy Winds Blow by Dr. Jesse Ayers will take place on July 14. The work is based on a true story, recorded in the Library of Congress, about a Lake Michigan shipwreck with a triumphal ending. Rick AmRhein will serve as narrator and baritone soloist, and the audience will be invited to sing along on a Lake Michigan sea shanty. On July 28, the Concerto for Euphonium and Band by Tom Davoren will showcase the band with world-class euphonium soloist GySgt. Hiram Diaz, in three beautiful and dazzling movements.

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. 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.

Thursday, June 16, 2022 Concert

The second concert of the 154th season of the Michigan City Municipal Band (MCMB) will be held Thursday, June 16, 7:30p, at the Guy F. Foreman Bicentennial Amphitheater in Washington Park.

The June 16 concert repertoire will be:

Hands Across the Sea by John Philip Sousa
James Bond Suite arr. Frank Erickson Anne Marie Bice, soprano soloist
Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Yarburg Anne Marie Bice, soprano soloist
Ring of Fire by June Carter & Merle Kilgore
The Doors in Concert arr. Paul Murtha
It’s All Right by Curtis Mayfield
Resting in the Peace of His Hands by John Gibson
The Circus Bee by Henry Fillmore
A Patriotic Festival arr. Mark Williams Anne Marie Bice, song leader

Anne Marie BiceGuest soloist will be Anne Marie 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 Harold Arlen and E. Y. Yarburg, and music associated with James Bond movies.

John Philip Sousa composed Hands Across the Sea in 1899, with no specific overseas country in mind. It was meant to symbolize America’s friendship with other nations around the world. Coincidentally, the march was on the program for the Sousa Band’s first European tour the year after it was composed.

The James Bond Suite will showcase Anne Marie Bice singing four well-known Bond songs: James Bond Theme, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only, and Goldfinger. Then Prof. Bice will take us to the Emerald City with Warren Barker’s arrangement of Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz.Continue reading

The Star-Spangled Banner

The Star-Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

8-11-22 America The Beautiful

America the Beautiful

O Beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain;

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed His grace on thee.

And crown thy good with brotherhood

from sea to shining sea.


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