Lafayette Citizens Band Home Page
William D. Kisinger, Musical Director
Lafayette Citizens Band, 216 N. 4th Street, Suite 201, Lafayette, IN 47901
Phone: 765-423-BAND (2263), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Friends and Supporters. We have an amazing opportunity to grow our Endowment Fund with the Greater Lafayette Community Foundation (GLCF). They are offering, thanks to Eli Lilly Foundation, a 50% match of funds for endowment gifts between now and March, 2016. That means if you contribute a check of $100, then we will receive $50 from the match so the gift will be worth $150. Fantastic!! If you donate, the check has to be made out to Greater Lafayette Community Foundation (GLCF) and a note designating the Lafayette Citizens Band Fund.
You can mail the check directly to the community foundation or you can send it to the Band office, 216 N. 4th Street, Suite 201, Lafayette, 47901 (if you mail it to us we can better keep track of it but the check has to be made out to GLCF). We have over $6,000 in our endowment fund right now and our goal is $45,000 by March of 2016. There is some urgency for you to send in your endowment donation as soon as possible because the matching funds will only be available on a first come first served basis until they run out. If you go to our website, you will see a Donate Button linking you to the Greater Lafayette Community Foundation where you can go to our Fund and donate via Pay Pal/credit card.
The Lafayette Citizens Band offers its congratulations to Jay Gephart, Director of Bands at Purdue University, on his appointment as Artistic Director of the Kokomo Park Band. Jay has played with the LCB and guest-conducted the band on numerous occasions.
The position at the Kokomo Park Band became vacant with the passing of Steve Rhodes, who passed away on March 16. Steve Rhodes had also conducted the LCB many times, and was the director of the LCB's Vintage Brass at one time. We reported on Steve's death in the article below.
There is an article about Jay's appointment on the Kokomo Park Band website.
A number of players in the Lafayette Citizens Band also play in the Kokomo Park Band. We know the future of the Kokomo Band is in good hands with Jay.
Left: Bill Kisinger and Thomas Schmidt. Center: Bill Kisinger. Right: Linda Bennett, Mark Lillianfeld and Judy Rechberger.
Left: Dinah Dalder and Harriet Coppoc. Center: Sheila Klinker and Harriet Coppoc. Right: Sheila Klinker.
Left: Margaret Bertucci and Joe Newlin. Center: Joe Newlin. Right Joe Newlin and Lewis Day.
Left: Bob Modlin and Joe Newlin. Center: Paula Jones. Right Emily Newlin and Brian Dalder.
The Lafayette Citizens Band held its Annual Meeting on Sunday, September 21, at the Sousa Foundation House in Lafayette. Mark Lillianfeld joined the board for a 3-year term, and Matthew Baldwin is our new student representative. Bob Modlin retired from the board after two 3-year terms. Beth Purkhiser is now the Personnel Manager. Congratulations, all!
LCB President Joe Newlin addresses the audience at the Labor Day concert.
Left: A father and son enjoy the concert. Right: The woodwind section of the LCB.
Left: Bruce Knepper solos in "Pavanne". Right: The French horns in the "Romantic" symphony.
While there were some die-hard IU fans, the audience seemed more inclined towards "Hail Purdue".
Left: Army veterans stood for "The Caissons Go Rolling Along".
Right: Coast Guard veteran Betty Reed stands for "Semper Paratus".
The Marines stand for the "Marines Hymn", and Air Force vets for the "US Air Force Song".
Left: Finally, Navy vets get to stand for "Anchors Aweigh".
Right: The piccolos stand for their descant in the second trio of "The Stars and Stripes Forever".
The Lafayette Citizens Band says farewell for another season.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
All good things, including the Lafayette Citizens Band's 2014 summer concert season, must come to an end. Last Monday's Labor Day Concert (on September 1) closed the season, but not without a great concert of patriotic music in near-perfect weather.
The program started with the "Chicago Tribune March" by Paris Chambers. Howard Hanson's "Romantic" symphony was next, written by Howard Hanson, longtime conductor of the Eastman University Orchestra. Morton Gould's "Pavanne" sounded more like a jazz novelty piece than a traditional pavanne, and next was the "Burst of Flame" march, composed by former Lafayette Jefferson High School director Richard Bowles.
"Nimrod", a selection from Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations" calmed the audience down, just before the band riled them up again with a triple-play medley of college fight songs: those of Notre Dame, Indiana and Purdue. "Big Band Signatures", arranged by John Higgins, included many familiar tunes from the 30s and 40s, including "Let's Dance", "Woodchopper's Ball", "Caravan", "In the Mood", and many more.
At this point, the band honored veterans of all the service branches with the "Armed Forces Medley", during which veterans were invited to stand when their song was played. The official program ended with Warren Barker's arrangement, "Tribute to Irving Berlin", but the band played an encore, John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever". The complete Labor Day concert program can be found here.
Remember that you are invited to our Annual Meeting at the Sousa House, 6th and New York Streets in Lafayette, and keep watching this website for news about how you can help support the band! See you next spring!
The sax section of the Big Swing Band, with Caitlin Benner singing.
The Big Swing Band, with Caitlin Benner singing and Mark Phillips on trumpet.
The Big Swing Band, with Kristen Wilde on trombone.
Dustin Hopkins on vocals, and Andy Howard and Jake Noparstak on alto sax.
Jeff Goodspeed playing keyboards, and John Tilford on drums.
Dancers in the crowd as the Big Swing Band plays "Sweet Home Chicago" and "Sway".
As the band plays "Mack the Knife", the audience gets up and dances.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
The Big Swing Band performed at Riehle Plaza on Thursday, August 7, as guests of the Lafayette Citizens Band. This talented group, under the direction of LCB trumpet player Al Jones, and managed by Gail Biss, has played in the Lafayette area for several years. The program featured numbers written, played, arranged, sung, and/or recorded by Buddy Rich, Harry James, Sonny Rollins, Bobby Darin, Duke Ellington, Rodgers and Hart, Natalie Cole, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, and many more.
Vocal soloists included Dustin Hopkins and Caitlin Benner, and many instrumental soloists. The complete Big Swing Band program can be found here.
The Lions Club of Lafayette handed out popcorn before and during the concert. At the right are Bob and Alex.
The audience, young and old, enjoyed the concert on a beautiful summer evening.
Beth Purkhiser performed the pre-concert, accompanied on some numbers by Jeff Goodspeed.
Several views of the band, including Jan Applegate on oboe, performing the "Pageant" concert on July 31.
Beth Purkhiser performed the pre-concert entertainment on Thursday evening, July 31, sometimes accompanied by keyboardist Jeff Goodspeed. and sometimes a capella. Selections ranged from French classical to American jazz.
At 7:30, the Lafayette Citizens Band took over with a concert titled "Pageant". It started with the "Procession of the Nobles" by Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov, followed by the title number "Pageant" by Vincent Persichetti. "Amparito Roca" was written by the Catalan composer Jaime Texidor. A melody familiar to many was next, J. S. Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring".
Bill Kisnger and the band celebrated the oncoming of the college football season as the band played the "Feist Football Medley", arranged by Paul Yoder. "Sawdust City Celebration" by Michael Sweeney was next, a collection of early American folk tunes heard during the pioneer days. The names of the arranger and composer of the next two numbers were familiar to this audience. "Lerner and Loewe in Concert" was arranged by Warren Barker, and "The Belle of the Ball" was composed by Leroy Anderson.
The concert wrapped up with Jerry Bilik's "Civil War Fantasy", a dramatic presentation of Civil War tunes, representing the times, the conflict and the resolution of the war itself told musically. The complete program for "Pageant" can be found here.
Cookies and water were given out by the newest band member in town, Quinlan & Fabish.
Left: Paula Jones playing the clarinet cadenza in Von Suppe's "Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna".
Right: A budding clarinetist (back) brings her Mom and sister to the concert.
David Bellman, principal clarinetist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra,
performed the "Rondo" from the Mozart Clarinet Concerto at the "Clarinet Capers" concert on Thursday evening.
Left: Bill Kisinger directs a piece written for and dedicated to the Lavayette Citizens Band, "Hoagy Carmichael in Concert".
Right: The audience at the weather-perfect "Clarinet Capers" concert on July 24.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
Thursday evening's concert on July 24 was titled "Clarinet Capers", and the highlight of the concert was David Bellman, principal clarinetist with the Indianapolis Symphony, performing the Rondo from Mozart's "Clarinet Concerto" with the band.
The concert started with a band classic, a "war horse", as Bill Kisinger called it, an arrangement of Franz von Suppe's "Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna". A march that started in a minor key, and ended in major, Karl King's "Invictus March", was next. Richard Strauss was famous for his many tone poems and lieder, and the band presented "Allerseelen" (which means "All Souls Day").
A peppy Spanish number was next, "Fandango" by Frank Perkins. A piece by David Holsinger, "Prairie Dances", alternated between 6/8 and 3/4 time (think "America" from "West Side Story").
David Bellman's clarinet solo from the Mozart Clarinet Concerto followed, and then the "Inglesina March" (the "little English girl"). The concert concluded with a piece written for and dedicated to the Lafayette Citizens Band for our 150th birthday in 1992, "Hoagy Carmichael in Concert", arranged by Warren Barker. Bill told the story of how the piece came to be written. The complete program for the "Clarinet Capers" concert can be found here.
The Lafayette Citizens Band concert last Thursday night was titled "Landscapes". The program opened with the "Gloria March" by F. W. Losey, and was followed by the first movement from Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony", the Symphony No. 8 in B minor.
The band was finally able to perform the "Rolling Thunder March" by Henry Fillmore. It was on the program for June 12, but it started raining just before that number started! Next on the program was the "Waltz No. 2" by Dmitri Shostakovich, and "An Irish Rhapsody" by Clare Grundman. By the way, Wagner's "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral" by Wagner was not written for the movie "Frozen".
The program wrapped up with "What's Up at the Symphony?", arranged by Jerry Brubaker, the program title piece "Landscapes", composed by Rossano Galante, and "Broadway Show-Stoppers Overture", arranged by Warren Barker. The complete program for the "Landscapes" concert can be found here.
Left: The crew sets up for the "Hounds of Spring" concert at Riehle Plaza.
Right: Musical Director Bill Kisinger directs the Lafayette Citizens Band.
Left: The audience at the July 10 concert.
Right: The clarinet section during the "Hounds of Spring Overture".
The flute and horn sections (with a little percussion showing) at the LCB's "Hounds of Spring" concert.
Two views of the percussion section as the band plays "See Rock City".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
Thursday evening's concert of the Lafayette Citizens Band was titled "The Hounds of Spring", and began with "The Hounds of Spring Overture" by Alfred Reed. Marches are often written for schools, but not often for school bands. The second number on the program was "The University of Pennsylvania Band March" by Roland Seitz. Another piece with an unusual name followed. How many of you have seen a billboard on the road with the message "See Rock City"? Well, our third number was named "See Rock City" by Brant Karrick.
We have featured lots of Leroy Anderson's compositions on our programs, and Thursday's program featured "Serenata". Henry Fillmore's march "The Circus Bee" was next. The "First Suite in Eb" by classical composer Gustav Holst followed that, and once again, we had a piece with an unusual name, "The Fives Prevail!" by Richard Saucedo. Warren Barker's "Hooray for Hollywood" wrapped up the program. The complete program for "The Hounds of Summer" concert can be found here.
Left: The audience settles in for the Stars and Stripes concert on July 4 at Riehle Plaza.
Right: Mike Piggott, emcee of the Stars and Stripes celebration.
Caitlin Benner (left) and Dustin Hopkins (right) sing with the Big Swing Band.
Left: The Freedom Singers, led by John Satterfield.
Right: The Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps enters Riehle Plaza.
The riflemen of the Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps take their places and fire a salute.
The Lafayette Citizens Band, directed by Bill Kisinger, performed the main music for the Stars and Stripes concert.
Left: Vocalists John Satterfield, Dustin Hopkins and Joel Benson with the Lafayette Citizens Band.
Right: The LCB Percussion performs "Stinkin' Garbage".
Left: Betty Reed, proud Coast Guard veteran, stands during the playing of "Semper Paratus", part of the "Armed Forces Medley".
Right: Twanna Harris sang "Over the Rainbow" and "God Bless America" with the LCB.
Left: The piccolo section of the LCB plays the descant of the trio of "The Stars and Stripes Forever."
Right: The Indiana All-State Show Choir, led by Eric Van Cleave.
(Photos by Carl Wheeler)
The first documented performance of the "Lafayette Band" was on July 4, 1842, and 172 years later, the band was leading the celebration on July 4. Thousands of people came down to Riehle Plaza for an evening of music and the "Stars and Stripes Celebration"!
The music began at 7:00 pm with the Big Swing Band, and followed at 7:45 with the Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps, who fired a salute, and the Freedom Singers, led by John Satterfield.
At 8:00, the Lafayette Citizens Band took the stage with an hour of patriotic and popular music, including soloists Dustin Hopkins, Joel Benson, John Satterfield, Twanna Harris, and the LCB percussion section. At 9:00, the Indiana All-Star Show Choir sang, led by Eric Van Cleave, and at 9:15, the LCB returned with more flag-waving music, ending with the 1812 Overture.
The annual Stars and Stripes fireworks display started shortly after 10:10, to wrap up an All-American Fourth of July celebration. Thanks to all of you who came to celebrate our freedom with us!
The short schedule is here:
7:00 - 7:45 pm.......................................................Big Swing Band 7:45 - 7:55 pm.......................................Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps ....................................The Freedom Singers, John Satterfield, Director 8:00 - 9:00 pm..............................................LAFAYETTE CITIZENS BAND William D. Kisinger, Musical Director 9:00 - 9:10 pm...............Indiana All Star Show Choir, Eric Van Cleave, Director 9:15 - 10:00 pm.............................................LAFAYETTE CITIZENS BAND 10:10 pm..........................................................Fireworks Display
Click here for the complete program. See you on the 4th!
The Caitlin Cotten Combo performed the pre-concert music at 6:30.
Left: Concert-goers Shellie and Mollie Johnson.
Center: LCB players during Tchaikovsky's "Marche Slav".
Right: Caitlin (Cotten) Benner singing Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me" with the band.
Left: Saxophone player Roy Barnhart was honored for playing 70 years with the Lafayette Citizens Band.
Right: Sharron Howard reads a limerick in honor of Roy Barnhart.
Left: Musical Director Bill Kisinger presents a momento to Roy Barnhart.
Right: Sheila Klinker presents a framed certificate from the State of Indiana to Roy Barnhart.
Left: Jen Tordil shows off her horn to an interested concert-goer.
Right: The audience for the "Mostly Marches" concert.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
Saxophone player Roy Barnhart was honored at Thursday evening's concert for 70 years of playing with the band. Roy started playing with the LCB when he was a student at Lafayette Jefferson High School. Clarinetist Sharron Howard read a limerick composed in Roy's honor, which goes like this:
A Lafayette lad named Roy
Joined Citizens Band as a boy
He picked up a flute
And began to toot
But tenor sax gave more joy.
The Lafayette Citizens Band presented a concert Thursday evening titled "Mostly Marches", starting with John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" at the head of the program. A different kind of march, not exactly a toe-tapper, Tchaikovsky's "March Slav" was next, and then for something almost completely different, Sammy Nestico's "Looking Good Jazz March".
The Caitlin Cotten Combo performed the pre-concert music at 6:30, and then Caitlin sang two George Gershwin numbers with the band, "S'Wonderful" and "Someone to Watch Over Me".
William Walton composed the "Crown Imperial March" in 1937 for the coronation of King George VI (the subject of the movie "The King's Speech"). It was also performed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. (By the way, on September 10, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will surpass Queen Victoria as England's longest-reigning queen.)
Back to the show: Serge Prokofiev's "March Opus 99" was next, and the concert wrapped up with a Warren Barker arrangement, "The Magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber", featuring "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina", "Memory" and "The Phantom of the Opera". OK, that wasn't a march, but the band played another Sousa march, "George Washington Bicentennial March", as an encore! The complete Mostly Marches program can be found here.
Jeff Goodspeed and Friends (Left: Barry Kemble, Right: Carla Reeves) presented the pre-concert on June 19.
Left: Clarinets, oboes and bassoons playing the Emperata Overture.
Right: Matt Conaway conducting the LCB on City Appreciation Night.
Trombones, saxes and horns playing "Ammerland".
The backside of the band, from the percussion section's point of view.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswaski, honored on City Appreciation Night.
Elected officials from Lafayette lead the audience in "Back Home Again in Indiana".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
The Lafayette Citizens Band is fortunate. Not many community bands have the support of their local governments, and even fewer have had that support for 75 years! It was in 1939 that the City of Lafayette passed a Band Tax, a tiny percentage tax on property, that established a fund to support what was then called the Lafayette Citizens Concert Band. The Band Fund remains the prime support of funding for the Lafayette Citizens Band to this day.
To show our appreciation to Lafayette, and more recently, West Lafayette, the LCB has presented a "City Appreciation Night" concert for the last several years. Mayor Tony Roswarski of Lafayette and elected officials, including State Representative Sheila Klinker and Lafayette City Council members, attended the concert, and led the singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana".
Once again, the rain shortened the concert, but not by much. The only piece cut from the concert was the "Cyrus the Great March" by Karl King. The concert was conducted by Matt Conaway, Assistant Director of Bands at Purdue University, and featured an original composition of his, titled "Into the Sunset". The concert also featured the "Emperata Overture", a 2001 piece called "Ammerland" by Jacob de Haan, Robert Jager's "Third Suite", Leroy Anderson's "The Rakes of Mallow", Dmitri Shostakovich's "Waltz No. 2", Henry Fillmore's "His Honor March", and a John Higgins arrangement of "John Williams: The Symphonic Marches". The complete program for "City Appreciation Night" can be found here.
Jeff Goodspeed and Friends presented a pre-concert performance at 6:30 pm, and the Lafayette Citizens Band started at 7:30.
Next Thursday, June 26, the Caitlin Cotten Combo presents the pre-concert music at 6:30, followed by the Lafayette Citizens Band at 7:30. Our concerts are at Riehle Plaza, downtown Lafayette at 2nd and Main Streets. We suggest that you bring your own lawn chair. See you there!
Left: Al Jones and the Riverboat Ramblers presented a Dixieland pre-concert at 6:30 on June 12.
Right: The Lions Club gave out free popcorn at the LCB concert.
Left: Matt Conaway directed the band in "Music for a Summer Evening".
Center: The saxophone and trombone sections. Right: The horn section of the LCB.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
Assistant Professor of Bands Matt Conaway directed the Lafayette Citizens Band on Thursday, June 12, in a program titled "Music for a Summer Evening". Dvorak's "Festival March" started things off, followed by the "Chorale and Shaker Dance" by John Zdechlik, and Kenneth Alford's "Army of the Nile March".
Leroy Anderson's music is always fitting for a summer evening, so we presented "Serenata". Another American tune, the "American Folk Rhapsody No. 1" by Clare Grundman, was next, and then the familiar "Tarantella", arranged by Alfred Reed. (You may remember this tune from the wedding scene in "The Godfather".) Next was a Warren Barker arrangement titled "The Symphonic Gershwin".And, just as the band was about to play Henry Fillmore's "Rolling Thunder March", the rain sprinkles put an early end to the concert. (What would happen if we played "Let it Snow?") The complete program for "Music for a Summer Evening" can be found here.
Next Thursday is City Appreciation Night. Come to hear Matt Conaway direct one of his newest compositions, and to sing along with the mayors and public officials in "Back Home Again in Indiana". Click on the "Next Concert Program" button above to see next week's program!
Left: The West Side Jazzers presented a pre-concert concert at 6:30 on June 5.
Right: Bill Kisinger conducts the Lafayette Citizens Band.
Left: Janet Priest plays an English horn solo in Ralph Vaughan Williams' "English Folk Song Suite".
Right: The brass section, neither shaken nor stirred, playing "Bond, James Bond".
Left: The trumpet section was featured in Leroy Anderson's "Bugler's Holiday".
Right: Sheila Klinker and Lewis Day, fine-tuning the sound for the "Strike Up the Band" concert.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
The Lafayette Citizens Band performed under perfect early summer weather on June 5, in a concert titled "Strike Up the Band".
The concert opened with the title number, George Gershwin's "Strike Up the Band", arranged by Warren Barker. Ralph Vaughan Williams' "English Folk Song Suite" consisted of several folk tunes in three movements. The trumpet section was featured in a Leroy Anderson novelty composition, "Bugler's Holiday".
The "Brighton Beach March" was suggestive of a British march, although the composer, William Latham, was born, educated, and taught in the United States. John Higgins' arrangement, "Big Band Spectacular", featured familiar swing tunes that included "In the Mood" and "Satin Doll". The overture from Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" has some easily-recognizable melodies and long crescendos, and was followed by a march that nearly everyone has heard, the "National Emblem March".
Many of our audience members (and players, too) remember the earliest of the James Bond films. A medley titled "Bond, James Bond", featured music from Skyfall, Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, and "Nobody Does It Better", featured in The Spy Who Loved Me, plus, of course, the famous James Bond theme.
The concert wrapped up with John Cacavas' "Star-Spangled Spectacular", made up of tunes by George M. Cohan, including "Give my Regards to Broadway" and "You're a Grand Old Flag". The band played John Philip Sousa's "Black Horse Troop March" as an encore. Here is the complete program for "Strike Up the Band".
R.I.P. JIM TILTON|
Long-time Lafayette Citizens Band clarinet player and past LCB Board President Jim Tilton passed away on May 19. He had a Bachelor's degree from Jordan College of Music, and a Master's from Butler University in Educational Psychology. He was the Executive Director of Wabash Center from 1965 to 1990.Jim's obituary is on the Journal and Courier website. He will be missed.
Left: Musical Director Bill Kisinger addresses the audience on High School Night.
Right: Don Pettit, West Lafayette High School Band Director.
Left: Dan Peo, McCutcheon High School Band Director.
Right: A tuba reflects the band on High School Night.
Left: The audience enjoying the music on High School Night.
Right: Tom Barker, Jefferson High School Band Director.
Left: Michael Richardson, Benton Central HS Band Director.
Right: Steve Cotten, Harrison High School Band Director.
Students from five area high schools joined the Lafayette Citizens Band for its annual High School Night Concert on Thursday, May 29. These talented students, selected by their band directors, sat alongside LCB members for the concert, while the band directors took turns guest conducting the band. The directors were: Don Pettit (West Lafayette), Dan Peo (McCutcheon), Tom Barker (Lafayette Jefferson), Michael Richardson (Benton Central) and Steve Cotten (Harrison).
The high school players were:
Shelby Robinson, Flute 1, Harrison Alexandra Hicks, Flute 2, Benton Central Lindsey Haehl , Oboe 1, West Lafayette Maddie Masood, Oboe 2, Jefferson Hannah Bulow, Clarinet 1, Harrison Ryan Kim, Clarinet 2, West Lafayette Shelby Hands, Clarinet 2, Benton Central Esteban Vera Quezada, Clarinet 3, Jefferson Amanda Brost, Clarinet 3, Benton Central Jacob Bertucci, Bass Clarinet, Jefferson Anthony Paligraf, Bass Clarinet, McCutcheon Nathan Schaeper, Bassoon 1, McCutcheon Brian Holt, Alto Sax 1, Harrison Maddison Kintner , Alto Sax 2, Benton Central Gabe Baumann, Alto Sax 2, McCutcheon Chris Cooper, Tenor Sax, West Lafayette Eryn Sale, Tenor Sax, McCutcheon Kyle Knepper, Cornet 1, Jefferson Julia Bell, Cornet 1, West Lafayette Fred Holt, Cornet 2, Harrison Harrison Knill, Cornet 3, Benton Central Michael Alexander, Trumpet 2, McCutcheon Lily Smith, Horn 2, Harrison Aidan Brown, Horn 3, Benton Central Dan Kern, Trombone 1, Harrison Chamis Dougherty, Trombone 1, Jefferson James Hopkins, Trombone 2, McCutcheon Bailie Reynolds, Euphonium BC, McCutcheon Bayleigh Bisner, Euphonium BC, Jefferson Justin Miller, Euphonium BC, Jefferson Joseph Rodriguez, Tuba, Jefferson Brian Tishmack, Tuba, Harrison Daniel Hallett, Percussion, West Lafayette Nathan Burdick, Percussion, Harrison Clayton Crozier, Percussion, Benton Central Chandler Holt, Percussion, McCutcheon Alec Ward, Percussion, Benton Central
High School Night was started by Musical Director Bill Kisinger, and has been an annual event since the early 1990s.
Above: The Lafayette Citizens Band entertains the audience at Riehle Plaza on Memorial Day.
Below left: Bruce Knepper solos in "Chuck Mangione in Concert", arranged by Bill Kisinger.
Below right: Bill Kisinger solos in one of his own arrangements, "Carnival in Rio".
(Pictures by Bill Allison)
Above left: LCB President Joe Newlin presents Bill Kisinger with a plaque honoring his 25 years as Musical Director.
Above right: Veterans stand as their services songs are played by the Lafayette Citizens Band.
(Pictures by Brenda Hohman)
Hundreds of people attended the Lafayette Citizens Band's Memorial Day concert on Monday, May 26. The concert included patriotic numbers such as "America, the Beautiful" and the "Armed Forces Medley", during which we recognized veterans and service members. Music with an around-the-world flavor included the "Marche Militaire Francaise" by Camille Saint-Saens, the Mambo from "West Side Story","The Wearing of the Green" by Leroy Anderson, and "Carnival in Rio", with Bill Kisinger as euphonium soloist in this arrangement of his own.
Other musical treats included the "Revelation March" by W. Paris Chambers, the "Glory of the Gridiron" march by Harry Alford, "Earth, Wind and Fire in Concert" arranged by Richard Saucedo, and another Bill Kisinger arrangement, the "Chuck Mangione Spectacular", with Bruck Knepper soloing.
The complete Memorial Day program can be found here.
But, wait: there's more! This Thursday (yes, May 29) is our annual High School Night concert. Students from five area high schools will sit alongside LCB players, and their directors will take turns guest-conducting the band. The concert starts at 7:30 pm. Don't miss it!
The Spring 2014 edition of the LCB newsletter is available. Click on this link or on the image above, and download it to your computer or flash drive, or just read it on the web!
The 2014 season begins at 7:30 on Monday, May 26, with our Memorial Day concert. See you there!
You can support LCB by going to Smile.Amazon.com and selecting LCB as your charity. One-half of one percent (.5%) of all your Amazon purchases will come directly to the band.
You can also send a direct donation to the band office, 216 N. 4th St., Ste. 201, Lafayette, IN 47901. All direct donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
(From the Kokomo Park Band Facebook page) The "Maestro" Steve Rhodes passed away this afternoon, March 16. He had been dealing with heart issues and was in a hospice facility in Indianapolis. Steve, who served for over 24 years as Kokomo Park Band Music Director, will be deeply missed as both a leader and a great friend to hundreds of area musicians.
(By Paul Addison) Steve was the recently the conductor of the Vintage Brass, a band created and managed by the Lafayette Citizens Band, and also guest-conducted the LCB on occasion. Steve and I were fellow trombonists in music school at Indiana University in the 1970s.
Our sincere condolences go out to Steve's family and community.
OBITUARY FOR STEVE RHODES
Steve Rhodes, 60, died in Indianapolis on Sunday, March 16 at the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home. He was a talented professional trombonist and euphonium player, outstanding conductor and gifted music arranger. Steve was a frequent guest conductor for the Lafayette Citizens Band, and was recently the conductor of the LCB’s Vintage Brass.
A native of Peru, Indiana, Mr. Rhodes began his conducting career while still a student at Peru High School under the legendary music director James Noble. He led a local community presentation of "Carousel". He has since served as music director for numerous musical theater productions, including conducting "Hello Dolly" and "South Pacific" for the Kokomo Civic Theater. In 1989, he was named Music Director of the Kokomo Park Band, serving in that position for the past 24 years.
Mr. Rhodes was widely respected as a musical arranger. His orchestral arrangements have been played by the Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Elkhart, Richmond, Muncie and Kokomo symphony orchestral. In addition to arranging music for the Kokomo Park Band, he was also arranger for the Indiana Wind Symphony. His arrangements for marching and concert band have been programmed by numerous high school, college and community bands throughout the Midwest, as well as by the U.S. Army Band and by the Princess of Wales' Royal Regimental Band in England.
He will be buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. There is no public ceremony planned at this time. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Kokomo Park Band, P.O. Box 6039, Kokomo, Indiana 46904-6039 and to Visiting Nurses Service Foundation, Inc., c/o Abbie Hunt Bryce Home, 4760 Penwood Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205.
The long winter of 2014 appears to be finally ending. You've just turned your clocks ahead one hour. Now, it's time to mark Memorial Day, May 26, on your calendar, and start looking forward to the season opening concert of the Lafayette Citizens Band. Remember that concerts at Riehle Plaza start at 7:30, with the exceptions of July 4 (8:00) and Labor Day (7:00). You can see our complete 2014 schedule here. Bring it on!
LCB Executive Director Brenda Hohman was quoted in the 2011-2012 Biennial Report of the Indiana Arts Commission. The box above is how the quote appeared, which is on page 24 of the report. You can see the complete report here.
The Lafayette Citizens Band has set up an endowment fund with the Greater Lafayette Community Foundation to ensure our security for the future. Endowment funds are intended to be long term investment accounts and once the fund is large enough, we will draw the interest for operating expenses. If you would like to donate to our annual fund for operating expenses send a donation check to our office at 216 N. 4th Street, Suite 201, Lafayette, IN 47901. If you would like to donate to our longterm future through the endowment fund, then follow the link below and donate online through PayPal or credit card at the Greater Lafayette Community Foundation website. Thank you.
Here are three YouTube videos of the LCB.
These performances are from the LCB's 2010 season opening concert in Long Center on May 20, 2010. The excellent videography is by Kerry England, Hornkraft Productions.
"Hoagy Carmichael in Concert": This medley of Indiana composer Hoagy Carmichael's tunes was commissioned for the LCB's 150th anniversary concert in 1992 from Warren Barker, and premiered at that concert.
"Esprit de Corps":, by Robert Jager. This piece is a fantasy on the Marine Corps hymn.
"George Washington Bicentennial March": This John Philip Sousa march was written to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth, and was the last march Sousa composed before his death in 1932.
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