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William D. Kisinger, Musical Director
Lafayette Citizens Band, 216 N. 4th Street, Suite 201, Lafayette, IN 47901
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Our 2016 Concert Schedule is now available! Our plans are to open the season once again in the Long Center on Memorial Day. Concerts will continue on Thursday evenings at Riehle Plaza. And, of course, we will perform the Stars and Stripes Concert on July 4, but the location has not yet been announced. The first Thursday in August will feature a guest band, also to be announced, and the season winds up on Labor Day.
As usual, all our concerts begin at 7:30 pm, with the exception of July 4 (at 8:00), and Labor Day (at 7:00). Have a nice winter, and think about next summer!
Mark Lillianfeld receives the Volunteer of the Year Award (left), and Beth Purkhiser receives the Volunteer of the Year Award (right).
President Joe Newlin presents Linda Jeffries with the President's Award (left), and gives a special gift to Brenda Hohman (right).
The Lafayette Citizens Band held its Annual Meeting on Sunday, September 20, at the John Philip Sousa House, courtesy of Al and Gladys Wright. New board members Jim Bertucci, Connie Bumbleberg, Harriet Coppoc, Tyler Eddy, Krista Steinmetz and Kaitlin Wright were elected, and Paula Jones was elected to a second three-year term. New officers were also elected: Keith Adams (President) and Harriet Coppoc (Secretary). Outgoing members Ishbah Cox, Lewis Day, Wesley Love and outgoing officers Joe Newlin and Linda Jeffries were thanked for their service.
Also, it was announced that Brenda Hohman is leaving her position as Executive Director, after seven years. She was thanked by the President and all members present for her many years of service to the band.
A big thanks to all of you who donated to the Lafayette Citizens Band during the time that the Greater Lafayette Community Foundation (GLCF) was matching donations at 50%. The band received about $3000 from GLCF, thanks to your donations!
PLEASE NOTE that matching funds are no longer available from GLCF, so we ask that you make your tax-deductible donation directly to the Lafayette Citizens Band. Please send your check to the Band office, 216 N. 4th Street, Suite 201, Lafayette, 47901.
Bill Kisinger on WBAAHear Musical Director Bill Kisinger talk with WBAA's Greg Kostraba on the WBAA website.
We are saddened to report the passing of Bill Taylor in Brownsburg, Texas, on April 29. His obituary can be found on the Journal and Courier website).
Bill first played with the Lafayette Citizens Band in 1939, while he was still a student at Monticello High School. He served as a glider pilot in World War II, participating in the Battle of the Bulge, and married Frances (Babe) Bowman in 1945. In 1952, he resumed playing with the Lafayette Citizens Band, in which he played continuously until 2010. Bill was also the Principal of Edglea Elementary School in Lafayette from 1962 to 1985.
Bill served as the President of the Lafayette Citizens Band's Board of Directors, and oversaw the selection of Bill Kisinger as Musical Director in 1989. Bill Kisinger continues to serve in that position.
Bill had a tremendous love for people and for music, and had a wonderful sense of humor. One saying of his is quoted often during the LCB concert season, and that is, "It never rains on a good band."
Rest in peace, Bill. We will miss you.
(by Paul Addison; photo obtained from Bill's obituary)
Click on the image at the left, or here, to read our Winter 2014 newsletter, featuring our percussion section leader Pam Nave, a message from our President Joe Newlin, and Brenda Hohman's Executive Director Corner. Good reading to help you through the winter as we wait for the 2015 season!
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.
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.
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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