The fifth concert of the 153rd season of the Michigan City Municipal Band (MCMB) will be held Thursday, July 8, 7:30p, at the Guy F. Foreman Bicentennial Amphitheater in Washington Park. In honor of Independence Day, many of the compositions will be patriotic.
The July 8 concert repertoire will be:
Esprit de Corps by Robert Janet
Emperata Overtute by Claude Smith
The Ragtime Drummer by James Lent
Block M March by Jerry Bilik
An Irish Rhapsody by Clare Grundman
Big Band Favorites by Robert Lowden
Manhattan Beach March by John Philip Sousa
Pop and Rock Legends: Chicago
More Cowbell! arr. Michael Brown
You’ve Got Friend in Me by Randy Newman
At this concert, the band will remember the late Steve Hornyak, who served as band president for over 50 years.
To help keep musicians and audience members safe, band members will follow strict safety protocols, including bell covers on woodwind and brass instruments, and physical distancing.
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 parking fee.
The MCMB 153rd Season consists of ten free Thursday concerts, ending August 12. 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.
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.