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William D. Kisinger, Musical Director
Lafayette Citizens Band, 216 N. 4th Street, Suite 201, Lafayette, IN 47901
Phone: 765-423-BAND (2263), Email: email@example.com
Above: Steve and Bob from the Lions Club serve up popcorn at the Lafayette Citizens Band concert on July 28.
Above: "Take the A Train", featuring saxophone and trumpet soloists, and the brass section.
Above: The audience enjoys the "Celebration" concert, including bass clarinetist
Don Daniel's great niece Reese, who helped Bill Kisinger conduct the band.
Above: The clarinets and tympaniplaying on "Psyche and Eros".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
Thursday evening's concert (July 28) was the last full band concert until Labor Day (but the Big Swing Band will play on August 4). "Celebration" was the name of the program and "Celebration Fanfare" was the name of the opening number. Morton Gould's "Jericho" was next, billed as a "Rhapsody for Symphonic Band".
Bill Kisinger's arrangement of Duke Ellington's "Take the A Train" was next, but the next number, Cesar Franck's "Psyche and Eros" may not have beeen as familiar. However, there is hardly a soul who didn't recognize Meredith Willson's "Seventy-Six Trombones" from the musical The Music Man. We've been featuring several arrangements by John Higgins this season, and his "Big Band Signatures" was next on the program. Leroy Anderson is known to us all, but "The Waltzing Cat" may have been new to some of you.
John Williams's "Midway March" and the Warren Barker arrangement "Hooray for Hollywood" finished out the program. You can see the complete "Celebration" program here.
The Big Swing Band will be playing next Thursday (August 4) at 6:30.
Above: The Lafayette Citizens Band and the audience at the July 21 "Music for Winds" concert.
Left: The clarinet section was featured in Leroy Anderson's "Clarinet Candy".
Right: Musical Director Bill Kisinger directs the band.
(Photos by Paul Addison)
"Music for Winds" was the name of our program for Thursday evening's concert on July 21. The program was full of familiar tunes written for bands in this concert, by composers around the world. Snacks and drinks were provided by O'Charley's, and a saxophone ensemble provided pre-concert music.
Ralph Vaughan Williams's "Sea Songs" began the LCB part of the program, followed by John Barnes Chance's "Variations on a Korean Folk Song", and the "Repasz Band March" by Harry Lincoln. Nearly everyone recognized the "Irish Tune from County Derry", also known as "Londonderry Air" or "Danny Boy", in a moving arrangement by Percy Grainger. (Bill noted that the song was also featured in a movie about community brass bands called "Brassed Off".)
Kermit Leslie's "Night Flight to Madrid" was next, and then a band transcription of the Overture to the opera La Gazza Ladra (aka, The Thieving Magpie) by Gioacchino Rossini. Karl King's "Invictus March", Leroy Anderson's "Clarinet Candy", and the John Higgins arrangement "Broadway Spectacular!" rounded out the concert. You can see the complete "Music for Winds" program here.
Join us at Riehle Plaza next Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 pm for a concert titled "Celebration". Riehle Plaza is located in downtown Lafayette at 2nd and Main Streets. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Above: The Red Hat Ladies (left) and Katie and JC (right) enjoy the July 14 concert.
Left: An audience member whistles along with the "Colonel Bogey March".
Right: A euphonium player is reflected in the bell of a tuba player.
Left: Musical Director Bill Kisinger conducts the band in the "Second Suite in F" by Gustav Holst.
Right: Some unusual percussion was required for the Second Suite in F.
Above: The horns, percussion and clarinets play the "Second Suite in F" at the "What's Up at the Symphony?" concert.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
Our friends in the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra sponsor a number of events in the summer, but their regular concert season doesn't start until October 8 this year. So, the Lafayette Citizens Band played a concert on Thursday evening, July 14, titled "What's Up at the Symphony?", a concert full of band arrangements of popular classical numbers, most of which you probably recognized. Franz von Suppe's "Poet and Peasant Overture" began the program, followed by Kenneth Alford's "Colonel Bogey March", featured in the film The Bridge over the River Kwai.
The title number of the concert was a medley arranged by Jerry Brubaker. "What's Up at the Symphony?", subtitled "Bugs Bunny's Greatest Hits", includes tunes you may hve heard from those cartoons of yesteryear, including excerpts from The William Tell Overture, The Barber of Seville, The Ride of the Valkyries, and much more.
Did you know that the musical Rent was based on the story behind the opera La Boheme by Puccini? The band played the "La Boheme March Paraphrase" by Harry Alford (no relation to Kenneth). Gustav Holst's "Second Suite in F" is made up of four movements based on English folk tunes. Dmitri Shostakovich's "Galop" and the Warren Barker arrangement "The Symphonic Gershwin" rounded out the concert. You can see the complete July 14 concert program here.
Our next concert begins at 7:30 Thursday at Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette at 2nd and Main Streets. Bring your lawn chair. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Above: The saxophone quintet, led by Beth Purkhiser, provided the pre-concert music on July 7.
Left: Quinlan and Fabish music store handed out cookies and water to the audience.
Right: Michael Plake of the tuba section.
Above: The audience relaxes and listens to "Music for a Summer Evening".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
Once again, the weather looked threatening, and the opening number was Sousa's "The Thunderer" march, but the air stayed dry for the concert, appropriately titled "Music for a Summer Evening". You can see the complete July 7 concert program here.
Music from the opera Andrea Chernier by the composer Umberto Giordano was next, and then another march, the "Circus Days March", by Karl King. Frank Perkins's "Fandango" was a light number with a Spanish flavor. From Spain we traveled musically to Russia for the "Russian Sailors Dance" by Reinhold Gliere.
We returned to the U.S.A. for the rest of the program. Frank Erikson's "Sinfonia for Winds" was next, followed by another circus march, "The Circus Bee", composed by another march great, Henry Fillmore. Brian Balmages's "Summer Dances", and a Motown medley called "Hitsville U.S.A" arranged by John Wasson, rounded out the concert.
A saxophone quintet played a pre-concert set at 6:30. The band's next concert is Thursday, July 14, at 7:30 pm. You can see the "What's Up at the Symphony?" program here.
Left: Cecil Shoemaker conducts the band and the Freedom Singers in the "Battle Hymn of the Republic".
Right: Fireworks lit up the sky after the concert.
Left: Mo Trout conducts the Purdue Jazz Band.
Right: Mo Trout and Stars and Stripes announcer Mike Piggott.
Above: Soloists Chad Downey and Sarah Gustafson sing with the Purdue Jazz Band.
Above: The Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps entertained between the Purdue Jazz Band and the Lafayette Citizens Band.
Left: The Stars and Stripes Committee, including Mayor John Dennis of West Lafayette and Tony Roswarski of Lafayette.
Center: The LCB percussion section, with Freedom Singers behind and trombones in front.
Right: Jo Gelfand rings the chimes in the "1812 Overture".
Above: Bill Kisinger's trombone sextet "Bill's Bones" performed "Birdland" and "Malaguena".
Above: The Long Center All-Star Show Choir, directed by Eric Van Cleave, performing hits by the Beach Boys.
Left: Julia Colby sang "If My Friends Could See Me Now" and "God Bless America" with the band and the Freedom Singers.
Right: Dustin Hopkins sang Sinatra's "The Summer Wind" and Gershwin's "Love is Here to Stay".
Above: Veterans from the Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy were honored during the "Armed Forces Salute".
Left: Three members of the Bertucci family (Margaret on bass clarinet, Ian and Jim on trombone, first and fourth from the right).
Center: Diane and her son enjoying the concert.
Right: Sisters Joy and Grace Bosma listening to Stars and Stripes Concert.
Left: Cecil Shoemaker conducting the Freedom Singers in the "Battle Hymn of the Republic".
Center: The Lafayette Freedom Singers, while it was still light.
Right: The Freedom Singers helping out with "Sweet Caroline".
Above: Bill Kisinger (LCB Musical Director), Jeff Parthun (percussionist) and Bruce Knepper (trumpeter).
(All photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
The skies were cloudy, but there was no rain on the Lafayette Citizens Band's Stars and Stripes Concert on Monday, July 4. The concert was as patriotic and All-American as you could get. The Lafayette Freedom Singers, led this year by Cecil Shoemaker, joined the band on the "Star-Spangled Banner", "America the Beautiful", "Our America", the "Armed Forces Salute", "Hail Purdue", and the "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Dustin Hopkins sang "The Summerwind" and "Love is Here to Stay", and Julia Colby sang "If My Friends Could See Me Now" and "God Bless America".
The band played several numbers on its own, including "Esprit de Corps" (variations on the Marine Hymn), Sousa's "Semper Fidelis" march and "The Stars and Stripes Forever", "American Visions" (variations on "My Country, 'Tis of Thee"), Bill Kisinger's arrangement "Sounds of the Seventies", "Cole Porter on Broadway", "Tennessee Salute", and the "1812 Overture". Plus, the trombone ensemble Bill's Bones played two numbers, "Birdland" and "Malaguena".
In addition to all that, the Purdue Jazz Band played a concert at 7:00, followed by the Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps at 7:45. The Lafayette Citizens Band started at 8:00. During the 9:00 intermission, we were entertained by the Long Center All-State Show Choir, directed by Eric Van Cleave. And, of course, there were fireworks when the concert was over, about 10:10 pm. You can find the complete Stars and Stripes concert program here.
Yes, we still have our Thursday evening concert on July 7. It is titled "Music for a Summer Evening". You can see the complete July 7 program here.
Left: The Lions Club provided popcorn for the "Proud Heritage" audience.
Right: Percussionist Pam Nave gets her popcorn.
Left: Bob with his guide dog Alex and puppy-in-training Kauffman.
Center: Fans Bob and Carol enjoy the popcorn and the concert.
Right: Saxophonists Beth Purkhiser and Wes Taylor provide pre-concert music.
Left: The clarinet section playing the "Proud Heritage" march.
Center: Oboist Jan Applegate in the "English Folk Song Suite".
Right: Hornist Jim Wells in "Prariesong".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
On Thursday, June 30, the Lafayette Citizens Band presented "Proud Heritage", a concert paying tribute to both the musical and cultural influences of modern day America. It is also the title of the opening march by William Latham.
The program included two numbers with Austrian influence. One of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most famous operas is The Marriage of Figaro, and the band played the well-known Overture. Later, you will hear the "Radetzky March", written by Johann Strauss I in honor of Marshall Joseph Radetzky, who commanded the Austrian forces in Italy in the mid-1800s. Speaking of Italy, the program included the "Tarantella", heard during the wedding scene in the movie The Godfather. And we honored our English heritage with Ralph Vaughn Williams's "English Folk Suite", which is in three movements.
But there was plenty of American music on the program, as well. William Latham, who composed the opening number, was an American composer, as was W. Paris Chambers, who composed the "Revelation March", and Karl King, who wrote the "Kentucky Sunrise March", which is really a ragtime piece. Carl Strommen's "Prairiesong" is much like Aaron Copland's music, straight out of the early American west. To wrap up the program, the band performed the Warren Barker arrangement of "Themes Like Old Times", which included such American classics as "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Peg o' My Heart", "By the Light of the Silvery Moon", and many others. You can find the complete "Proud Heritage" concert program here.
Our "Stars and Stripes" concert is on Monday, July 4, at Riehle Plaza. The Purdue Jazz Band starts at 7:00 pm, and the Lafayette Citizens Band performs at 8:00 pm. You'll want to come extra early for this one!
Left: A poster from the Purdue Bands and Orchestras advertising the tribute to Al Wright.
Right: Al Wright, on his 100th birthday, conducting the band in the "Rolling Thunder March".
Left: Fans Fred and Lisa enjoy the band concert.
Center: Coleen and Bridget Sundquist watch John Sundquist play euphonium with the band.
Right: The audience for the Al Wright Tribute concert.
Left: Gladys and Al Wright listening to the concert, waiting for their turns to conduct.
Right: Bruce Knepper and son Kyle playing some trumpet duets before the LCB concert.
Left: Gladys Wright conducting her own composition, the "Big Bowl March".
Right: Members of the Womens Band Directors Association.
Left: The trumpets stand while playing "Country and Western".
Right: Former Purdue Bands director David Leppla conducting the "Introduction to Act III of Lohengrin".
Left: Current Director of Purdue Bands Jay Gephart conducts the "Gold and Black Medley".
Right: The audience stands to sing "Hail Purdue".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
Every band program has its outstanding directors, but few are as well-known and well-respected as Al G. Wright. And many fewer live to be 100 years old. Al Wright, Director of Bands Emeritus at Purdue University, and Chairman of the Board of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, was honored by the Lafayette Citizens Band on Thursday evening, June 23.
Al Wright was only the second director of the Purdue All-American Marching Band (after Paul "Spotts" Emrick), serving from 1954 to 1981, during which time he increased the size of the band, added baton twirlers, and created the "I Am An American" speech, which is read during each pre-game performance at Purdue home football games. Roy Johnson, who narrated that speech for many years, narrated it once again on Thursday.
Al's wife Gladys, a famous band director herself, conducted one of her own compositions, the "Big Bowl March". The band also welcomed former Department of Bands director Dr. David Leppla, who conducted the Introduction to Act III of "Lohengrin", and currect director Jay Gephart, who conducted the band in the "Old Gold and Black Medley". The band played "San Cristobal Taurino", which was performed by the Purdue Band in the bull ring in San Cristobal, Venezuela, their many trips to Venezuela. Special presentations were made by Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, Col. Lowell Graham, retired director of the US Air Force Band, and representatives of the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette. And, to top it off, Al G. Wright himself conducted the band in the "Rolling Thunder March". You can find the complete Al. G. Wright Tribute concert program here.
Immediately following the concert, the Purdue Band & Orchestra Alumni Club served cake and punch. A live broadcast was made available for those who could not attend via Facebook and Periscope.
Left: Mayors John Dennis of West Lafayette and Tony Roswarski about to lead the singalong of "Back Home Again in Indiana".
Right: The audience for the City Appreciation Night concert.
Pam Nave describes the history of drumming and shows the instruments her percussion section plays.
The clarinet and flute sections of the Lafayette Citizens Band.
The saxophone and tuba sections of the band.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
In 1939, the City of Lafayette passed a Band Tax, with the purpose of raising money for the community band which had been formed in 1842 (see our Band History page. At our concert Thursday, June 16, the Lafayette Citizens Band expressed its gratitude to the City of Lafayette with our annual City Appreciation Night concert. The highlight of the concert features Mayors Tony Roswarski and John Dennis (of Lafayette and West Lafayette), along with other city and county officials leading the singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana".
The concert also included some numbers which may have been new to you. It began with the "Pentland Hills March" by Captain Jimmy Howe, followed by the Finale from the "Symphony No. 1" by Paul Fauchet. The "El Choclo" tango by A. G. Villaldo was next, and "Of the Days" by Matthew Janszen. You probably recognized Leroy Anderson's "Belle of the Ball", and then the band played Vincent Persichetti's "Pageant" and Jay Dawson's "Tennessee Salute".
However, the last three numbers were probably quite familiar, especially if you have attended our concerts before. The program closed with Henry Fillmore's "His Honor" march, "Back Home Again in Indiana" (mentioned above), and a Warren Barker arrangement, "Cole Porter on Broadway". Here is the complete program for the "City Appreciation Night" concert.
Our next concert, on Thursday, June 23, will honor former Purdue Band Director Al Wright, who will be celebrating his 100th birthday! Come join us!
Bill's Bones, a trombone sextet led by Bill Kisinger, started out Thursday's concert.
Personnel: Bill Kisinger, Jim and Ian Bertucci, Jim Hopkins, Matt Conaway, and Mike Wallyn.
Left: The core of the band.
Right: West Lafayette High School alumnus Daniel Hallett on cymbals in the percussion section.
Left: A glimpse of clarinets and oboes, in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.
Right: The flute section, including Ruth and Elizabeth Ewigleben.
Left: Part of the clarinet section playing the Adirondack Festival Overture.
Right: The euphonium section of the Lafayette Citizens Band.
(Pictures by Kris Kazmierczak)
Bill's Bones, a trombone sextet led by Bill Kisinger, performed the pre-concert entertainment on Thursday, June 9. The concert program was titled "America the Beautiful", and began with the familiar song of that name, often called the "other" national anthem. This arrangement was by Carmen Dragon, who directed the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and other orchestras.
The concert not only featured some very American numbers, but also music we have inherited and adopted from around the world. The "Gloria" March is American F. H. Losey's most popular composition. Stephen Bulla was the Staff Arranger for "The President's Own" US Marine Band, and composed the "Adirondack Festival Overture". Karl King is one of the most famous American march composers, and "The Trombone King" march was on the program.
Leroy Anderson's website calls him an "American composer of light concert music", and the band played his "Promenade". The concert finale was Frank Erickson's arrangement of the "Walt Disney Overture".
However, Americans do not listen to only music "born in the USA", and this concert features the powerful (and fast) fourth movement of Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 4", "An Irish Rhapsody" by Clare Grundman, and Jaime Texidor's "Amparita Roca". All in all, an American concert that appreciates all good music. You can find the complete "America the Beautiful" concert program here.
Left: LCB Musical Director Bill Kisinger and the High School Night Audience.
Right: Harrison High School Director Steve Cotten conducts "The Army of the Nile".
Left: Rossville High School Director Joel Good conducts "Ammerland".
Right: Benton Central High School Director Michael Richardson conducts "Toccata for Band".
Left: West Lafayette High School Director Don Pettit conducts "What Happens in Band Stays in Band".
Right: McCutcheon High School Director Dan Peo conducts "Summer Resounding".
Left: Students from McCutcheon High School stand for recognition from the audience.
Right: Jefferson High School Director Tom Barker conducts "American Barndance".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
The Lafayette Citizens Band's High School Night Concert is an annual event started by our Musical Director Bill Kisinger in the early 1990s, giving us all a chance to hear the bright young talent coming up through the high school band programs in the area. On Thursday evening, June 2, 42 high school players performed alongside LCB players, while their band directors took turns guest conducting the band. Here is the High School Night Concert Program, which includes the names and schools of the student performers and their high schools, as well as their directors.
Our next concert will be Thursday, June 9, at 7:30 at Riehle Plaza. Click the "Next Concert Program" button above to see what's playing!
Left: The audience for the Memorial Day season opening concert at Riehle Plaza.
Right: LCB Board President Keith Adams and Musical Director Bill Kisinger.
Young fans enjoying the Memorial Day concert.
Veterans of all service branches were honored during the Armed Forces Salute.
(Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy)
The trumpet and piccolo sections stand during the "Stars and Stripes Forever".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
The Lafayette Citizens Band opened the 2016 summer band season on a warm but dry Memorial Day evening. You can see our Memorial Day Concert program here.
Ryan Nowlin's "Fanfare: A Vision and a Dream" opens the program, followed by "Espirit de Corps" by Robert Jager, a stirring concert piece of variations on the Marine Corps hymn. E. E. Bagley's "National Emblem" is a march that incorporates "The Star-Spangled Banner". All who served in the armed forces to stand when their service song ws played in Robert Lowden's "Armed Forces Medley", although the packed audience seemed just a little empty without Betty Reed standing for the Coast Guard song. (See Betty's obituary below.)
Jay Dawson arranged the familiar hymn "Abide With Me", complete with bugle calls, and for our classical fans, we presented Mikhail Glinka's "Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla". The trumpet section was featured in Leroy Anderson's "Bugler's Holiday".
The concert also included "Music from The Incredibles" by Michael Giacchino, and the "Silver Celebration" by John Wasson. The closing number was the premiere performance of a new arrangement by our Musical Director Bill Kisinger, "Sounds of the Seventies", which included the theme from Rocky, We've Only Just Begun, I Write the Songs, Stayin' Alive, Sweet Caroline, 25 or 6 to 4, and many, many more.
Our next concert is this Thursday, when we present High School Night. You can see the High School Night Concert program here, or click on the "Next Concert" button above. Click here to see the complete 2016 schedule of the Lafayette Citizens Band.
Farewell, Betty Reed
The Lafayette Citizens Band has lost one of its staunchest fans. 92-year-old Betty Reed passed away on April 18. Betty was a Coast Guard veteran, and could be seen at the band's Memorial Day and Labor Day concerts during the playing of the "Armed Forces Medley", usually the only one standing when the Coast Guard service song was played.
Following is Betty Reed's obituary, which can be found on the Journal and Courier website, to which we also give credit for the picture.
Betty Jean Reed, 92, of Lafayette, Indiana, passed away on April 18, 2016 at Keepsake Village in Zionsville, Indiana. Betty was born July 21, 1923 in West Point, Indiana to Robert Dean and Naomi Seaman Lutz. Betty graduated from Fountain City High School (Wayne Co.) in 1941 and attended Purdue University and Ivy Tech State College. She served in the United States Coast Guard SPARS, assigned as a Storekeeper in New Orleans, LA, during WW II, 1944-1946.
Betty was employed at the Veterans Administration in Chicago, IL, prior to her marriage with Bernard "Bud" W. Reed on January 14, 1950 in Kentland, IN. They farmed the Lutz land west of Shadeland until moving to Lafayette in 1982. Bud Reed preceded her in death in June, 2003. She worked at the Library and Testing Services, Ivy Tech State College for 21 years, retiring in 1995. She returned the following year, working part-time in Testing Services until 2004.She was a member of the Wea Plains Wednesday Club, Historic 9th Street Hill Association, Tippecanoe County Historical Association, John Purdue Club, Society of Indiana Pioneers, Michiana Association of Candlewick Collectors, American Legion Post 11 and Indiana Women Veterans.
Betty is survived by two sons, Forrest Timothy (Vicki) Reed of Sacramento, CA; James (Julie) Reed of White Lake, MI; one daughter, Susan (David) Luse of Zionsville, IN; five grandchildren, Aaron (Katie) and Austin Reed, and Emily, Michael, and Phillip Luse; one sister, Ruth Ann Brandt of Vernon Hills, IL; Betty was preceded in death by her sister, Rita Bringer.
Visitation will be 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd. Lafayette, IN 47909. Burial will be at Farmer's Institute Cemetery, Shadeland, Indiana and memorial contributions can be made to the Tippecanoe County Historical Association Foundation, 1001 South Street, Lafayette, IN 47901. You may sign the guest book and leave memories by visiting www.soller-baker.com.
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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