Thursday, August 11, 2022 Concert

The tenth and final concert of the 154th season of the Michigan City Municipal Band (MCMB) will be held Thursday, August 11, 7:30p, at the Guy F. Foreman Bicentennial Amphitheater in Washington Park.

Music on the August 11 concert will include:

Castle Walk by James Reese Europe and Ford Dabney
Our Cast Aways by Julie Giroux
Tuba feature: Solo Pomposo by Al Hayes
Waltz: The Flashing Eyes of Andalusia by John Philip Sousa
William Tell Overture by Giaocchino Rossini
Mountains in the Mist by Michael Boo
Rolling Thunder March by Henry Fillmore
Abba on Broadway arr. Michael Brown
Sing along: America, the Beautiful arr. Carmen Dragon
The Stars and Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa

Lt. James Reese EuropeJames Reese Europe was the first African American bandmaster in the US Army. Before World War I, Mr. Europe was a successful band leader and composer in the USA, earning the nickname “The King of Jazz”, and he led the first concert by African Americans at Carnegie Hall in 1912. Maestro Europe went on to lead a renowned military band in Europe during World War I. Upon his death in 1919, Lieutenant Europe was the first African American in New York City to have a public funeral, and he was then laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Castle Walk showcases the Ragtime style. The United States military band of Lieutenant James Reese Europe is believed to have played the first Ragtime music in France.

Our Cast Aways is a gentle reflection on pets who enter animal shelters, and especially those who must be put down. The dedication reads: To “those who rescue, those who get rescued, and especially…those whose rescue never comes.” When composer Julie Giroux won the first of her three Emmy Awards, she was the first woman and the youngest person ever to win the award in that category.

The Michigan City Municipal Band is blessed with an exceptionally strong tuba section. We’ll feature them on a 1911 composition by Al Hayes, in the style of other turn-of-the-20th-century solos with band. It starts with a triumphal march, then features a cadenza, then moves into the style of a polka.Continue reading

Thursday, August 4, 2022 Concert

The ninth concert of the 154th season of the Michigan City Municipal Band (MCMB) will be held on Thursday, August 4, 7:30p, at the Guy F. Foreman Bicentennial Amphitheater in Washington Park. The band plays a variety of music designed to entertain audience members of all ages. All concerts are free and everyone is welcome. Jeffrey Scott Doebler is the conductor for MCMB and Quincy Ford is the assistant conductor. Dr. Doebler serves as director of music education at Valparaiso University. Mr. Ford, principal saxophone in the MCMB, is retired director of bands and Music Department chairperson at Michigan City High. Quincy Ford will lead the band this week.

Rick Carlson, principal trumpet with MCMB will be our featured soloist on the program. Rick a native Michigan City resident, earned a Trumpet Performance degree from Indiana University in Bloomington where William Adam was his Trumpet Instructor. He will perform “A Trumpeter’s Prayer” by Tutti Camarata.

The August 4, concert repertoire will include:

King Cotton by John Philip Sousa arr. Keith Brion and Loras Schissel
An Irish Rhapsody by Clare Grundman
Rippling Watercolors by Brian Balmages
A Trumpeter’s Prayer by Tutti Camarata arr. T. W. Swayzee
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka (Chi-Chat) by Johan Srauss arr. Alfred Reed
Opening Night On Broadway arr. Michael Brown
Concert Band Medley: The Blues Brothers arr. Les Taylor
Amparito Roca by Jamie Texidor arr. Aubrey Winter
God Bless The U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood arr. Roger Holmes

Our tradition of inviting the audience to sing at the beginning and ending of each concert. After the opening fanfare, the audience will sing along on the Star-Spangled Banner. Each concert ends with a familiar patriotic song for the audience to sing. The lyrics to each song are posted on the MCMB’s Website and Facebook page and can be accessed on your smartphone.

The MCMB 154th season consists of ten free Thursday concerts, ending August 11. All concerts begin at 7:30p and last about an hour. Parking is available in the lots closest to the amphitheater, as well as the Michigan City Senior Center. Entrance to the park is free with a Michigan City Park sticker, otherwise there is a small fee.

Rick Carlson, principal trumpet for MCMB, will be the announcer.