2023 marks the 155th season of the Michigan City Municipal Band.ย ย The 2023 concert series will consist of ten free Thursday concerts, beginning June 8, and ending August 10.ย  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. 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 (August 3); and Anne Marie Bice, soprano (June 22 and 29, and July 13). Other soloists and special events will be announced during the season.

The world premiere of Blue Water, Blue Sky by Catherine McMichael will take place on August 3. Also on August 3, 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.

In addition to being outstanding performers, many of the band members are also successful conductors. Some of those conductors will be featured on individual compositions throughout the summer.

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.

Old Lighthouse Museum 50th Anniversary Gala and S.S. Eastland Memorial



๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ค ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ!
Join us on Saturday, July 22 at 10:45AM – 4:00PM CT at Michigan Cityโ€™s Old Lighthouse Museum as we celebrate our 50th anniversary!
The day will begin with a fanfare performed by the Michigan City Municipal Band followed by a memorial service and the laying of a wreath in Trail Creek, by members of the Michigan City US Coast Guard Station, to honor the 844 lives lost on the S.S. Eastland when it capsized in the Chicago River on July 24, 1915.
Guest speakers will tell the story of the Eastland and recount the history of the old lighthouse at the mouth of Trail Creek. After a short program honoring those who maintained the light for many years and the volunteers who have preserved the lighthouse for over 50 years, the Old Lighthouse Museum will be open free of charge until 4pm. Light refreshments will be served.
This event will be held on the Old Lighthouse Museum grounds located at 100 Heisman Harbor Road and is open to the public with no entry fee. Limited parking is available at the Old Lighthouse Museum & Millennium Plaza. Additional parking is available at Washington Park Beach with a $15 entry fee unless you have a park sticker.
Come see our newly remodeled Eastland Memorial. Each anchor chain link represents the 844 passengers who lost their lives on the Eastland. The Old Lighthouse Museum Michigan City Historical Society would like to thank the Stimley family & crew for their contributions towards the remodel of the Eastland Memorial.
For more information, please email us at contact@mchistorical.org or by phone at (219) 872-6133.


The Star-Spangled Banner

The Star-Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see by the dawnโ€™s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilightโ€™s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
Oโ€™er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocketโ€™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
Oโ€™er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

8-10-23 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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