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The Lafayette Citizens Band Gets Ready for the 2016 Season

Memorial Day is less than two weeks away, and the Lafayette Citizens Band knows that as well as anyone. The program for our season-opening Memorial Day Concert is ready, and the band will be rehearsing next week to prepare.

You know that our concerts are a blend of patriotic music, marches, a touch of Broadway and Hollywood, a little classical, and often something novel. You won't be disappointed by our Memorial Day concert. "Espirit de Corps" by Robert Jager is 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". And we will invite all who served in the armed forces to stand when your service song is played in Robert Lowden's "Armed Forces Medley"

Ryan Nowlin's "Fanfare: A Vision and a Dream" opens the program. The publisher describes it as an "uplifting and hopeful opener for any concert", but you should judge for yourself. Jay Dawson has arranged the familiar hymn "Abide With Me", and for our classical fans, we present Mikhail Glinka's "Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla". The trumpet section is featured next in Leroy Anderson's "Bugler's Holiday".

The concert also features "Music from The Incredibles" by Michael Giacchinno, and the "Silver Celebration" by John Wasson. The closing number is the premiere performance of a new arrangement by our Musical Director Bill Kisinger, "Sounds of the Seventies".

The Memorial Day Concert begins at 7:30 on Monday, May 30, at Riehle Plaza. Come early and bring your lawn chair to get a good spot. All our concerts at Riehle Plaza are free and open to the public. Click on the button above or 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

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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