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.
Premiere of New Work for WIND BAND
<The following was originally written for composer Jesse Ayers website, reposted here by permission>
We are excited to announce the premiere of our latest work for wind band, WHERE THE STORMY WINDS BLOW, Thursday, July 14, by the Michigan City Municipal Band (Indiana), conducted by Dr. Jeffery Scott Doebler, with Richard AmRhein, narrating/singing.
The 14-minute “concert story” tells the true story of an 1873 shipwreck that occurred on Lake Michigan between Beaver Island and Traverse City, told first-hand through the actual words of the son of the story’s principal character. The son’s oral account was found on a 1937 field recording housed at the Library of Congress.
In addition to the spoken narration, the narrator also sings several verses, interspersed throughout the work, of a Lake Michigan sea shanty known as “The Gallagher Boys,” a ballad about this same incident, composed by a Beaver Island songster who personally knew all involved. The shanty was obtained from the same 1937 field recordings, sung by the aforementioned son. Much of the music in the Ayers’ composition is based on motives drawn from the shanty’s tune.
The audience also participates in the work by singing, at various times throughout the work, the refrain line of the shanty, “For to sail o’er Lake Michigan where the stormy winds blow.”
This work was commissioned by the historic Michigan City Municipal Band, now in its 154th season, and is the latest in a series of commissions by the band to foster the creation of new repertoire.
Ayers and Doebler have collaborated numerous times over the past 23 years, and have a close working relationship that has resulted in strong, well-received performances. Doebler has conducted all of Ayers’ works for wind band several times each, and premiered many of them.
The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Guy F. Foreman Bicentennial Amphitheater in Washington Park, Michigan City, IN. Admission is free. There may be fee for parking at the park.
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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