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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

Tell Us About our 2015 Season, As We Look to 2016

If you haven't already done so, please download and fill out our 2015 Audience Survey, and email it to as soon as possible.

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!

LCB Holds Annual Meeting and Elects New Board Members and Officers

Mark Lillianfeld Beth Purkhiser
Mark Lillianfeld receives the Volunteer of the Year Award (left), and Beth Purkhiser receives the Volunteer of the Year Award (right).

Linda Jeffries Brenda Hohman
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 WBAA

Hear Musical Director Bill Kisinger talk with WBAA's Greg Kostraba on the WBAA website.

Rest in Peace, Bill Taylor

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)

Read Our Winter Newsletter!

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!

Jay Gephart Named Artistic Director of Kokomo Park Band

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.

The Lafayette Citizens Band Board of Directors, 2014:
Front Row: Beth Purkhiser, Bailey Hertweck, Wesley Love, Sheila Klinker, Linda Jeffries.
Back Row: Bob Modlin, Tom Schmidt, Rod Ray, Joe Newlin, Bob DeBonte. (Missing: Brian Dalder)

Shop on Amazon and Support the Band!

You can support LCB by going to 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.

Help Us Ensure a Secure Future

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.

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YouTube Videos of the Lafayette Citizens Band

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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