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.
The eighth concert of the 154th season of the Michigan City Municipal Band (MCMB) will be held Thursday, July 28, 7:30p, at the Guy F. Foreman Bicentennial Amphitheater in Washington Park.
Music on the July 28 concert will include:
Pride of the Marines March by Austyn R. Edwards
Eternal Father, Strong to Save by Claude T. Smith
SpongeBob Squarepants arr. Paul Lavender
Be Still My Soul arr. Robert W. Smith
Shania! arr. Ted Ricketts
Ancient Airs of Ireland by Michael Sweeney
Lean on Me by Bill Withers
Children’s March: Over the Hills and Far Away by Percy Grainger
Swingin’ on the Moon arr. William Kamuf
My America arr. Joyce Eilers
Austyn R. Edwards (1891-1977) was a professional trumpet player who taught brass instruments at Valparaiso University, and was conductor of the band at the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant in LaPorte County. In addition to 55 marches, including Pride of the Marines, Mr. Edwards was the author of two important method books for trumpet.
Eternal Father, Strong to Save is also known as The Navy Hymn. Claude T. Smith’s rousing rendition features the horn section, both playing fanfares and as a choir.
All the kids in the audience know how to reply when they hear “Are ya ready kids?” (They shout “Aye, Aye Captain!”) That line means it’s time for the SpongeBob Squarepants cartoon theme song.
Be Still My Soul is a beautiful setting of the lyrical melody from Finlandia.
One of the most successful country artists of the last 30 years is Shania Twain. A native of Canada, Shania has sold over 100 million recordings, and is the best-selling female artist in country music history. She has earned five Grammy Awards, and 27 BMI Songwriter Awards. Our arrangement is simply called Shania!, and includes the following songs:
Man! I Feel Like a Woman
You’re Still the One
From this Moment On
That Don’t Impress Me Much
Ancient Airs of Ireland by Michael Sweeney is one of the most recent commissions of the Indiana Bandmasters Association. Mr. Sweeney is a native Hoosier. The composition includes:
Return from Fingal
The Yellow Bittern
Song of the Chanter
Behind the Bush in the Garden
Sadly, we lost musical legend Bill Withers in 2020. His 1972 hit song, Lean on Me, was one of the anthems during the early months of the pandemic.
Born in Australia, Percy Grainger became a citizen of the USA in 1918. Children’s March: Over the Hills and Far Away is a light-hearted composition that features all of the tone colors of the band, especially bassoons and saxophones.
Swingin’ on the Moon is a clever arrangement that includes: Blue Moon, Moonlight Serenade, and How High the Moon.
Our audience sing-along is Joyce Eilers’ setting of America.
Our only disappointment of the summer is that our collaboration with GySgt. Hiram Diaz, from the US Marine Band—scheduled for July 28—has been postponed, until next summer. Due to events happening in our world, all members of the US Marine Band must remain in Washington, DC until late August.
The MCMB 154th Season consists of ten free Thursday concerts, ending August 11. 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. 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 parking fee of $4 for the band concert.
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 and music department chair from Michigan City High School.
The band’s announcer is Rick Carlson.
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!
God shed His grace on thee.
And crown thy good with brotherhood
from sea to shining sea.
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