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World Premiere of "Lafayette Suite" Kicks Off 2015 Season

An estimated 600 people attended the first concert of the 2015 Lafayette Citizens Band season, which featured a world premiere of a composition commissioned for the band and written by David Stern, "Lafayette Suite". Because of the length of the piece, the band played only three of the five movements. Let's hope that the other two will be on the program later this summer. The first movement, "The Love of Liberty", was evocative of the title's author, Abraham Lincoln. The second movement, "Hymn of the Heart", featured Musical Director Bill Kisinger as the euphonium soloist. The final movement, "Having Fun", was a hoe-down kind of piece, suggesting the "wild west" of the United States.

The band also paid tribute to veterans of all service branches with the "Patton March", and the "Armed Forces Salute". For the first time in recent memory, 90-year-old Coast Guard veteran Betty Reed was not present to stand for her service song, having moved out of state to a retirement facility. The complete Memorial Day concert program can be found here.

The LCB season continues on Thursday with High School night, featuring 40 high school students alongside regular band members, and six high school band directors guest-conducting numbers on the program. The complete High School Night concert program can be found here. That concert, and all other concerts except for July 4, will be at our usual venue, Riehle Plaza, at 2nd and Main Streets. Come early, as parking may be limited due to construction.

Season with a Memorial Day Concert at the Long Center on Monday, May 25, at 7:30 pm. This is a special concert because we will be performing the world premiere performance of The Lafayette Suite by American Composer David Stern of California as a tribute to our Music Director, William D. Kisinger. The Board of Directors commissioned the work especially for Mr. Kisinger and will feature a euphonium solo in the second movement performed by Mr. Kisinger. Additionally, Mr. Stern is flying in from California to be in attendance at the world premiere of his work. The Band will perform several movements at this concert and will perform other movements at future concerts. The doors will open at 6:30 pm for open seating at this free concert. We hope to see you there.

Note: This concert will be the only one at the Long Center. Future concerts this summer are scheduled to be at Riehle Plaza and the July 4th Concert will be at Slayter Center.

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)

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Dear Friends and Supporters. We have an amazing opportunity to grow our Endowment Fund with the Greater Lafayette Community Foundation (GLCF). They are offering, thanks to Eli Lilly Foundation, a 50% match of funds for endowment gifts between now and March, 2016. That means if you contribute a check of $100, then we will receive $50 from the match so the gift will be worth $150. Fantastic!! If you donate, the check has to be made out to Greater Lafayette Community Foundation (GLCF) and a note designating the Lafayette Citizens Band Fund.

NOTE: More than half of the GLCF matching funds are gone an the Rest will probably be gone in the next 2-3 weeks. Please send your donation immediately if you hope to take advantage of the endowment matching funds!

You can mail the check directly to the community foundation or you can send it to the Band office, 216 N. 4th Street, Suite 201, Lafayette, 47901 (if you mail it to us we can better keep track of it but the check has to be made out to GLCF). We have over $6,000 in our endowment fund right now and our goal is $45,000 by March of 2016. There is some urgency for you to send in your endowment donation as soon as possible because the matching funds will only be available on a first come first served basis until they run out. If you go to our website, you will see a Donate Button linking you to the Greater Lafayette Community Foundation where you can go to our Fund and donate via Pay Pal/credit card.


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.

Pictures from LCB Annual Meeting

Left: Bill Kisinger and Thomas Schmidt. Center: Bill Kisinger. Right: Linda Bennett, Mark Lillianfeld and Judy Rechberger.

Left: Dinah Dalder and Harriet Coppoc. Center: Sheila Klinker and Harriet Coppoc. Right: Sheila Klinker.

Left: Margaret Bertucci and Joe Newlin. Center: Joe Newlin. Right Joe Newlin and Lewis Day.

Left: Bob Modlin and Joe Newlin. Center: Paula Jones. Right Emily Newlin and Brian Dalder.

The Lafayette Citizens Band held its Annual Meeting on Sunday, September 21, at the Sousa Foundation House in Lafayette. Mark Lillianfeld joined the board for a 3-year term, and Matthew Baldwin is our new student representative. Bob Modlin retired from the board after two 3-year terms. Beth Purkhiser is now the Personnel Manager. Congratulations, all!

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)

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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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