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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
Katilyn Wright (President's Award Winner), LCB President Mark Lillianfeld, and Jim Bertucci (Above and Beyond Award Winner).
The Lafayette Citizens Band held its annual meeting at the Lafayette Brewing Company on Sunday, September 17. New members elected to the Board of Directors were: David Jensen, Jim Wells, Michael Overly and Ted Lutz. Leaving the Board were Joe Newlin and Tom Schmidt.
Re-elected were officers Mark Lillianfeld (president), Krista Steinmetz (vice-president), Kaitlyn Wright (secretary), and Brian Dalder (treasurer). Continuing to serve are Dan Peo, Connie Bumbleburg, Pam Nave, Sheila Klinker, Vicky Woeste, Marti Sackett, Tyler Eddy, and Paula Jones. It was announced that Margaret Bertucci had taken a job out of state and resigned her position as Executive Director. Marti Sackett served as Interim Executive Director until the Annual meeting, at which Beth Purkhiser was elected to the permanent position.
Award recipients were Jim Bertucci (Above and Beyond Award), Kaitlin Wright (President's Award), and Kris Kazmierczak (Volunteer of the Year Award).
The Lafayette Citizens Band, having been formed in 1842, celebrated its 175th birthday this past season. The theme for the 2018 season was announced as "The Spirit of 176".
Thank you all for your support of the Band. Have a great off-season, and we will see you at Riehle Plaza on Memorial Day next May!
Left: A faithful and hopeful audience gets ready for the LCB's Labor Day concert.
Right: The Lafayette Citizens Band board members hand out cake for the band's 175th anniversary year.
(Photos by Paul Addison)
We prefer to think that Bill Taylor's saying, "It never rains on a good band", was not the reason our Labor Day concert was rained out. Instead, we'll go with the Carpenters' song that says "Rainy days and Mondays always get me down". Just 10 minutes before out 7:00 concert was scheduled to start, the raindrops started falling on our heads, and we had to cancel the last concert of the season. Now, if we were a choir, we might have started singing in the rain, but we weren't, so we didn't.
So, from all of us to all of you, have a wonderful fall, winter and spring, and we will see you back at Riehle Plaza on Memorial Day next May to start our 2019 season. Stay dry, stay warm, and thank you for your support!
The Brent Laidler Project, with Brent on guitar, provided a jazz concert on Thursday, August 4.
From left to right: Richard (Sleepy) Floyd on drums, Rich Cohen on saxophone, and Scott Pazera on bass.
Left: Lafayette Citizens Band members Beth Purkhiser, Dinah and Brian Dalder, and Jerry and Krista Steinmetz enjoy a night off.
Center: LCB Musical Direct Bill Kisinger enjoys the concert from the other side of the baton.
Right: The audience enjoyed the music and the beautiful weather.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
On Thursday evening, August 3, a small but enthusiastic audience relaxed with a concert of jazz, courtesy of the Brent Laidler Project. Brent is the owner of Brent's Bench, the place to go in Lafayette for band instrument repair, located on 4th Street. The group consists of Rich Cohen (alto sax), Scott Pazera (bass), Richard “Sleepy” Floyd (drums), and Brent Laidler (guitar).
The concert program included some tunes from Brent's new CD, "No Matter Where Noir" (cover at left). Copies of the CD were available for sale. There were be plenty of jazz standards, too, like "Cotton Tail", "I Love Paris", "Summertime", "It Ain't Necessarily So", "Fly Me to the Moon", "Georgia", "In a Mellow Tone", "It Could Happen to You", "All of Me", and "I Love You".. You can find out more about Brent and his band at www.brentlaidler.com.
The Lafayette Citizens Band will return to wrap up the 2017 season on Labor Day, Monday, September 4. Please note that the Labor Day concert begins at 7:00 pm (not the usual 7:30), as it will be getting dark earlier. See you then!
Quinlan & Fabish provided he audience with cookies and water at the July 27 children's music concert.
Hollyn, Kylah and Caleb ride with the Lone Ranger during the "William Tell Overture" (left and center).
Evan shows his "incredible" moves during "Music from The Incredibles" (right).
Roy Johnson (Voice of the Purdue All-American Marching Band) narrates "Pan the Piper" (left).
The audience and the band during "Pan the Piper".
Watch out: there seem to be sharks in the percussion section during the "Jaws" theme during "The Music of John Williams" (left and center).
The percussion also provided the "cat's meow" during Leroy Anderson's "The Waltzing Cat".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
Everyone was invited to be young again, as the Lafayette Citizens Band playe "Music for Kids (of all ages)" on Thursday, July 27. The "William Tell Overture" is familiar to many as the theme from "The Lone Ranger". A little-known Leroy Anderson tune titled "The Waltzing Cat" appealed to the youngsters. The story of the orchestral instruments was narrated by Roy Johnson, as the band played "Pan the Piper".
Kids recognized the music from the Disney/Pixar film "The Incredibles". Harold Walters's "Instant Concert" was a medley of some 30 tunes in 3 minutes, so we hope you were able to keep up. The "Walt Disney Overture", 50 years old now, is made of music from the classic Disney era, with songs like "Whistle While You Work" and "When You Wish Upon a Star". And "John Williams in Concert" featured themes from "E.T.", "Star Wars" and "Jaws". There were more tunes, too. Here is the complete "Music for Kids (of all ages)" program.
Next Thursday (August 3) at 7:30, Brent Laidler and his Jazz Band will present a pre-concert at 7:30. The full Lafayette Citizens Band will not perform again until Labor Day, Monday, September 4, and that concert will be at 7:00 pm.
Matt Conaway directs the Purdue Summer Band in pre-concert on July 20.
The Lions Club hands out popcorn (left and center), while Cecil directs his cousins Jade and Lily (right).
Left: Bill Kisinger directs the Lafayette Citizens Band in the July 20 concert.
Center: Percussion mallets playing Sousa's march "The Fairest of the Fair".
Right: Michael Plake was the tuba soloist in "Bride of the Waves".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
"Bride of the Waves" is an unusual title for a concert program, but it is the title of a somewhat unusual musical number, unusual because it is a tuba solo, originally written by Herbert Clarke for cornet. Michael Plake was our featured soloist in this number.
Other songs in the program suggested love, including John Philip Sousa's "The Fairest of the Fair" march, and "I Love My Love" by Gustav Holst. We might include Carl Strommen's "Fuego del Alma" in this group, as the title is translated "Fire in the Soul".
There was little love in the opening number, however. Rossini's overture to the opera "La Gazza Ladra" is about "The Thieving Magpie". Nor is W. Paris Chambers's "Boys of the Old Brigade" a love march. There is a love interest, however, between Linus and Eve in the movie "How the West Was Won". And Lerner and Loewe? They wrote the music for "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot". Need we say more? We'll include them in the love category. The complete "Bride of the Waves" program is here.
The Purdue Summer Concert Band played a pre-concert at 6:30 pm, followed by the Lafayette Citizens Band at 7:30.
Next Thursday, our concert is titled "Music for Kids (of all ages)", so bring your children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, and yourselves! Here is the complete "Music for Kids (of all ages)" program. The concert starts at 7:30 pm at Riehle Plaza.
Caitlin Benner sang "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "Besame Mucho" with the Lafayette Citizens Band on July 13.
(Left photo by Margaret Bertucci, Right photo by Janet Fukada)
Joe Newlin welcomes the audience (left and center), and the band plays for the "Pageant" concert (right).
(Photos by Margaret Bertucci)
A little pageantry shaped the Lafayette Citizens Band's concert for Thursday, July 13. The opening number was "Crown Imperial", first performed at the coronation of King George VI in 1937. (William Walton had originally composed it for King Edward VIII, but Edward abdicated so that he could marry the American Wallace Simpson.) Earlier this summer, we played the "Revelation March" by W. Paris Chambers, and on Thursday evening, we played his "Hostrauser's March".
Ralph (pronounced Raif) Vaughan Williams was another British composer (after William Walton), and his "Fantasia on Greensleeves" is a lovely arrangement of the famous tune. "Pageant", our concert program's title number, however, comes from the Italian composer Vincent Persichetti. Then, it was back to Britain with Kenneth Alford's march, "Army of the Nile".
Caitlin Benner was our featured vocalist Thursday evening with two numbers, George and Ira Gershwin's "You Can't Take That Away From Me" and the Latin "Besame Mucho", a well-known tune by a not-well-known composer Consuelo Velazquez (arranged by well-known Bill Kisinger). We wrapped up the program with "Curtain Call", a medley of all the classic riffs and licks heard from the Vaudeville days of old, and Warren Barker's arrangement "Hollywood!", which includes tunes made famous in movies and by Hollywood entertainers. Here is the complete "Pageant" program.
The small but eager crown on July 6 included Emily and Isabella, who heard their Aunt Denise play clarinet.
The bassoon and clarinet sections playing in the "Proud Heritage" concert.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
If you thought the Lafayette Citizens Band was going to take a week off after the Stars and Stripes Celebration on July 4, you were mistaken. The band presented another concert on Thursday, July 6 titled "Proud Heritage". Here is the complete concert program.
"Proud Heritage" was the name of the opening number on the program, by William Latham. Next was a band concert "war horse", the familiar "Poet and Peasant Overture" by Franz von Suppe. And to balance that with something on the light side, we had Leroy Anderson's "Blue Tango".
As Independence Day is often seen as the midpoint of summer vacation, the band played "Summer Dances" by Brian Balmages, followed by John Klohr's "Billboard March" and Carl Strommen's "Prairiesong". The concert concluded with Frank Perkins's "Fandango", "The Greenbriars of Wexley March" by Sammy Nestico, and "The Symphonic Gershwin", arranged by Warren Barker.
Our next concert is Thursday, July 13, at 7:30 pm at Riehle Plaza. Come early and bring your lawn chair!
Left: Emcee Mike Piggott introduces Mo Trout.
Right: Mo Trout directs the Purdue Jazz Band.
Left: Two Freedom Singers dance to the Jazz Band's "In the Mood".
Center: Sara Kiesel sings "Why Don't You Do Right?".
Right: Will Pollalis sings (and dances) "The Hucklebuck".
The Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps entertains the audience before the LCB takes over.
Left: The Freedom Singers sing "America the Beautiful".
Center: Parker enjoys the concerts with his Grandpa Mike.
Right: The Three Tenors: John Satterfield, Jeff Goodspeed and Dustin Hopkins.
Left: Dustin Hopkins sings "When You're Smilin'".
Left: Paisley has a hand-clapping good time on the 4th of July.
Right: John Satterfield sings "God Bless the U.S.A."
Above: Members of all branches of the Armed Forces were recognized with the band's "Armed Forces Salute".
Left: The audience joins in singing "Hail Purdue".
Center and Right: Sponsors of the Stars and Stripes Celebration are recognized.
Left: The Long Center Singing Vendors entertain the audience with hits from the 1950s.
Center: Bruce Knepper solos in the "Chuck Mangione Spectacular".
Right: The Lafayette Citizens Band playing as dusk falls.
Thank you for celebrating Independence Day with the Lafayette Citizens Band on Tuesday, July 4, at Riehle Plaza. The evening festivities started at 7:00 with the Purdue Jazz Band, the Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps at 7:45, and the Lafayette Citizens Band at 8:00. The band was joined by the Lafayette Freedom Singers, and at 9:00, the Indiana All-Star Choir performed. The Lafayette Citizens Band returned to finish the concert, followed of course by a spectacular fireworks display at 10:10. Here is the complete "Stars and Stripes Celebration" program.
Jim Wells and Jeff Goodspeed entertain the audience with some pre-concert music on June 29.
(Center photo by Jim Bertucci)
Enjoying the concert: Sarah and Mark (left), Bridget and Sydney (center), and Rod Ray and family (right).
The clarinets, oboe, and bassoon section playing in the "Semper Fi" concert.
The brass and saxophone sections.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
Martial music was heard at the Lafayette Citizens Band's concert on Thursday, June 29. The program began with the powerful Finale from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. You may not have recognized the next piece right away, the "Orange Bowl March", but you probably recognized the name of the composer, Henry Fillmore. "Street Tango" by Astor Piazzolla was next.
And then, another march, the "Old Comrades March" by Carl Teike, followed by the "Youth Triumphal Overture". You may not have been able to stomp your feet to this next one, "Spy Chase" by Brant Karrick, or the next march, again by Henry Fillmore, the "Circus Bee March".
For Leroy Anderson's "Serenata", you may have preferred toe-tapping to foot-stomping. The concert concluded with John Wasson's arrangement of "Pop and Rock Legend: Chicago". Here is the complete "Semper Fi" program.
So where was the march by the name of the program title? We hope you stayed around for the encore!
Beth Purkhiser and her students Braeden, Lilly, Caroline, Shyama and Carson provided pre-concert music on June 22.
Left: Ian and Eric, sound technicians for the LCB concerts.
Center: Regan and Rebekah, winners of last week's question contest, are congratulated by LCB President Mark Lillianfeld.
Right: Masashi, another student of Beth Purkhiser's, playing with the band.
Left: Margaret Bertucci, LCB's Executive Director, plays bass clarinet with the band.
Center: Margaret's son Ian and the trombone section perform the "Light Cavalry Overture".
Right: Jason and Steven play in the horn section.
Left: The audience for the first official summer concert.
Right: The trombones stand for "Lassus Trombone".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
Although we consider the start of summer to be the evening of the first Lafayette Citizens Band concert of the year, the "official" start of summer was observed by the band with a concert titled "Music for a Summer Night". Pre-concert music was provided at 6:45 by students from the studio of Beth Purkhiser.
The "Light Cavalry Overture" by Franz von Suppe is the classic concert overture, with a theme that nearly everyone will recognize. The "Revelation March" by W. Paris Chambers and "Andante" by Albert Ingalls followed on the program. Another tune that most people recognized was "Lassus Trombone" by the march composer Henry Fillmore. Irish melodies were heard in Clare Grundman's "Irish Rhapsody".
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", and the Lafayette Citizens Band played the title tune from that classic album. The program was rounded out with Franz Liszt's "Fresca", Russell Alexander's "The Southerner" march, and "Chuck Mangione in Concert", arranged by our own Music Director Bill Kisinger. Here is the complete "Music for a Summer Night" program.
Next Thursday's concert begins at 7:30 pm, with pre-concert music by Jim Wells and Friends. Concerts are at Riehle Plaza at 2nd and Main Streets in Lafayette, and are free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chair. See you there!
Alex and Finn hope to get some popcorn, served by the Lions Club Popcorn Team at the June 15 concert.
Left: Bill Kisinger's group "Bill's Bones" provided pre-concert music.
Right: The percussion section during "Men of Music March".
Don, Billy, Ted (left) and Lynda and Janice (right) enjoy the concert.
Left: Sheila Klinker presents the band with a certificate commemorating 175 years of the Lafayette Citizens Band.
Right: Audience members enjoying the singalong.
Left: Lafayette Council member Ron Campbell and West Lafayette Clerk Sana Booker represented the mayors.
Right: City representatives ready to lead the singalong of "Back Home Again in Indiana".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
On Thursday evening, June 15, the Lafayette Citizens Band showed its appreciation to the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette for their public support of the band. The City of Lafayette passed a Band Tax in 1939 (a very small percentage of a property assessment), which has made it possible for the band to play free concerts for the public since that time. The City of West Lafayette has joined the team more recently. Several local elected officials led the audience in the singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana". Also, representative Sheila Klinker presented the band with a certificate noting its 175th anniversary.
Pre-concert music was presented at 6:45 pm by Bill Kisinger and his trombone group, Bill's Bones.
The concert began with John Wasson's "Land of Liberty", followed by Gustav Holst's "First Suite in Eb". The "Men of Music" march was composed by Karl King and arranged by Harold Walters. Next was an interesting piece named "Granada", written by Agustin Lara and arranged by Richard Franko Goldman.
Musical Director Bill Kisinger arranged the next number on the concert, titled "Beach Boys Medley", made up of songs that appeal to people who grew up in the 1960s, and just about everyone else. Henry Fillmore, another famous march composer, wrote "His Honor March".
Following "Back Home Again in Indiana", the concert concluded with "In a Persian Market" by Albert Ketelbey, "Patton March" by Jerry Goldsmith, and "Jerome Robbins' Broadway", arranged by Warren Barker. Here is the complete "City Appreciation Night" concert program.
Beth Purkhiser and Masashi Fukada provided pre-concert saxophone music at the June 8 concert.
Left: The audience at the "America the Beautiful" concert on June 8.
Right: Bill Kisinger conducts the Lafayette Citizens Band.
(Photos by Janet Fukada)
On Thursday, June 8, the Lafayette Citizens Band presented a concert of music that brought out the best in what we love about America. The title number, "America the Beautiful", opened the concert, followed by the Finale from Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, subtitled "From the New World". Dvorak explained that he used Native American themes to compose this work.
What music is more American than a John Philip Sousa march? His "Washington Post March" was next on the concert, followed by a Jimmy Van Heusen tune, "But Beautiful", arranged by Sammy Nestico. The trumpet section was featured next in Leroy Anderson's "Bugler's Holiday".
The most well-known American composer, next to Sousa, may be Aaron Copland, and the band played "A Copland Tribute", arranged by Clare Grundman, followed by Harry Lincoln's "Repasz Band March". The Repasz Band is said to be "the oldest brass band still in existence".
The concert concluded with the "American Overture for Band" by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, Karl King's "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite March", and "The Genius of Ray Charles", arranged by Michael Brown. Here is the complete "America the Beautiful" concert program.
Next Thursday, we celebrate City Appreciation Night. The concert begins at 7:30 pm at Riehle Plaza. See you then!
Left: The audience for the High School Night concert on June 1.
Center: Tom Barker receives the Hoosier Award from State Representative Sheila Klinker.
Right: High school tubist Preston Wolfe playing with the band in the Frescobaldi "Toccata".
Left: Michael Richardson (Benton Central HS) conducts Henry Fillmore's "The Klaxon".
Center: Joel Good (Rossville HS) leads the band in "Shenandoah".
Right: The percussion section playing Matt Conaway's "Primeval Stormfront".
Left: The audience whistles along with Edwin Franko Goldman's "On the Mall".
Center: Dan Peo (McCutcheon HS) directs "On the Mall".
Right: The percussion section playing Leroy Anderson's "The Syncopated Clock".
Left: Tom Barker (Lafayette Jefferson HS) leads the band in "Funiculi Funicula".
Center: Clayton Henady (West Lafayette HS) directs "Rhythms and Riffs".
Right: Steve Cotten (Harrison HS) conducts "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" on the album's 50th anniversary.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
On Thursday evening, June 1, the Lafayette Citizens Band presented its second concert in four days! It was our annual "High School Night" concert, and over 40 high school students played alongside members of the LCB, while their high school directors took turns conducting the expanded band.
After Musical Director Bill Kisinger opened the concert by conducting Gershwin's "Strike Up the Band", Michael Richardson (Benton Central) led "The Klaxon March". Other guest conductors on the program included Joel Good (Rossville) directing "Shenandoah", Dan Peo (McCutcheon) leading the "On the Mall" march, just-retired Tom Barker (Lafayette Jefferson) conducting "Funiculi Funicula", Clayton Henady (West Lafayette) with "Rhythms and Riffs", and Steve Cotten (Harrison) conducting "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" on the 50th anniversary of the release of that landmark record album.
Other musical numbers on the concert included Frescobaldi's "Toccata", "Primeval Stormfront" by our own Matt Conaway (who incidentally wrote the arrangement of "Back Home Again in Indiana" that was sung at Sunday's Indianapolis 500), Leroy Anderson's "Syncopated Clock", the "Bravura March" by C. E. Duble, and Glenn Osser's "Beguine for Band". Here is the complete High School Night program, complete with a list of the students performing alongside the LCB.
Our next concert will be next Thursday, June 8, at Riehle Plaza beginning at 7:30 pm. The program is titled "America the Beautiful. Here is the complete "America the Beautiful" concert program.
Click on "Where to Park" to see where you can leave your car, and note that there is construction all over downtown Lafayette. Riehle Plaza is located at the west end of Main Street at 2nd Street. See you next week!
Left: The audience, estimated at 500-600, at the Memorial Day concert.
Right: LCB Board President Mark Lillianfeld welcomes the crowd.
Bill Kisinger conducts the LCB in "American Salute" by Morton Gould.
Flags fly overhead while the percussion section plays with the band.
Left: Olivia, Zach and Eloise enjoy the concert.
Right: Reese dances with Uncle Don to the "Fantasia" selections.
Veterans of the Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy are recognized during the
Memorial Day concert as the band plays the service songs for all branches.
The piccolos and the brass section stand for the Memorial Day concert encore, "The Stars and Stripes Forever".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
The Lafayette Citizens Band opened its 2017 season on Monday, May 29, at Riehle Plaza, 2nd and Main Streets, in downtown Lafayette. The concert featured the "Fanfare for a Ceremonial Occasion" by Albert Ketelbey, Morton Gould's "American Salute", E. E. Bagley's "National Emblem March", and Ryan Nowlin's "Let Freedom Ring" for a patriotic start to the season.
Of course, past and present members of all the branches of service were recognized when we play the "Armed Forces Salute" (see the pictures above). And there were other numbers in the concert, including Handel's "Water Music", Alfred Reed's "El Camino Real", John Wasson's "Big Band Tribute", and "Selections from Walt Disney's Fantasia. Here is the complete Memorial Day program.
There is construction going on at the corner of 2nd and Columbia Streets, but the parking garage "catty-corner" from the construction is available and free, as are all our concerts.
Our next concert is Thursday, June 1 (yes, this week!). It's our annual High School Night concert, featuring over 40 high school students and seven high school directors doubling as guest conductors. Here is the complete High School Night program, complete with a list of the students performing alongside the LCB.
On Sunday, September 25, the Lafayette Citizens Band held its annual meeting at the home of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, owned by Al and Gladys Wright. Musical Director Bill Kisinger reviewed the season, noting that Al Wright, who conducted the band on his 100th birthday in June, was featured on the cover of School Bands & Orchestras magazine, and that Purdue Bands people are applying to the Guinness Book of World's Records to establish Al Wright as the oldest person to conduct a community band. Bill also mentioned the highly successful Stars and Stripes Concert on July 4, and the large audiences we had this year.
On the Lafayette Citizens Band board, the office of President is a one-year term. Keith Adams was thanked for his work over the past year as President, and Harriet Coppoc was thanked for serving as Secretary. and the following new officers were welcomed for the 2016-2017 year:
Leaving the board, besides Keith Adams, were Matt Conaway, Michael Eddy and Rod Ray. Pam Nave was re-elected to a second two-year term. Also, three awards were presented to volunteers. See the picture above for details.
Thanks to those who came, and thanks to our fans for your support throughout the year!
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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