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Purdue Band Legend Al G. Wright Honored on His 100th Birthday

Al Wright Poster Al Wright Conducting
Left: A poster from the Purdue Bands and Orchestras advertising the tribute to Al Wright.
Right: Al Wright, on his 100th birthday, conducting the band in the "Rolling Thunder March".

Fred and Lisa Coleen and Bridget Sundquist Audience for Al Wright Tribute Concert
Left: Fans Fred and Lisa enjoy the band concert.
Center: Coleen and Bridget Sundquist watch John Sundquist play euphonium with the band.
Right: The audience for the Al Wright Tribute concert.

Gladys and Al Wright Bruce and Kyle Knepper
Left: Gladys and Al Wright listening to the concert, waiting for their turns to conduct.
Right: Bruce Knepper and son Kyle playing some trumpet duets before the LCB concert.

Gladys Wright conducting Womens Band Directors
Left: Gladys Wright conducting her own composition, the "Big Bowl March".
Right: Members of the Womens Band Directors Association.

Trumpets play "Country and Western" DaveLepplaConducting
Left: The trumpets stand while playing "Country and Western".
Right: Former Purdue Bands director David Leppla conducting the "Introduction to Act III of Lohengrin".

Jay Gephart Conducting Audience stands for "Hail Purdue"
Left: Current Director of Purdue Bands Jay Gephart conducts the "Gold and Black Medley".
Right: The audience stands to sing "Hail Purdue".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)

Every band program has its outstanding directors, but few are as well-known and well-respected as Al G. Wright. And many fewer live to be 100 years old. Al Wright, Director of Bands Emeritus at Purdue University, and Chairman of the Board of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, was honored by the Lafayette Citizens Band on Thursday evening, June 23.

Al Wright was only the second director of the Purdue All-American Marching Band (after Paul "Spotts" Emrick), serving from 1954 to 1981, during which time he increased the size of the band, added baton twirlers, and created the "I Am An American" speech, which is read during each pre-game performance at Purdue home football games. Roy Johnson, who narrated that speech for many years, narrated it once again on Thursday.

Al's wife Gladys, a famous band director herself, conducted one of her own compositions, the "Big Bowl March". The band also welcomed former Department of Bands director Dr. David Leppla, who conducted the Introduction to Act III of "Lohengrin", and currect director Jay Gephart, who conducted the band in the "Old Gold and Black Medley". The band played "San Cristobal Taurino", which was performed by the Purdue Band in the bull ring in San Cristobal, Venezuela, their many trips to Venezuela. Special presentations were made by Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, Col. Lowell Graham, retired director of the US Air Force Band, and representatives of the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette. And, to top it off, Al G. Wright himself conducted the band in the "Rolling Thunder March". You can find the complete Al. G. Wright Tribute concert program here.

Immediately following the concert, the Purdue Band & Orchestra Alumni Club served cake and punch. A live broadcast was made available for those who could not attend via Facebook and Periscope.

Citizens Band Honors the City of Lafayette

Mayors John Dennis and Tony Roswarski Audience for City Appreciation Night
Left: Mayors John Dennis of West Lafayette and Tony Roswarski about to lead the singalong of "Back Home Again in Indiana".
Right: The audience for the City Appreciation Night concert.

Pam Nave Percussion Instruments Percussion Section
Pam Nave describes the history of drumming and shows the instruments her percussion section plays.

Clarinets Flutes
The clarinet and flute sections of the Lafayette Citizens Band.

Saxophones Tubas
The saxophone and tuba sections of the band.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)

In 1939, the City of Lafayette passed a Band Tax, with the purpose of raising money for the community band which had been formed in 1842 (see our Band History page. At our concert Thursday, June 16, the Lafayette Citizens Band expressed its gratitude to the City of Lafayette with our annual City Appreciation Night concert. The highlight of the concert features Mayors Tony Roswarski and John Dennis (of Lafayette and West Lafayette), along with other city and county officials leading the singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana".

The concert also included some numbers which may have been new to you. It began with the "Pentland Hills March" by Captain Jimmy Howe, followed by the Finale from the "Symphony No. 1" by Paul Fauchet. The "El Choclo" tango by A. G. Villaldo was next, and "Of the Days" by Matthew Janszen. You probably recognized Leroy Anderson's "Belle of the Ball", and then the band played Vincent Persichetti's "Pageant" and Jay Dawson's "Tennessee Salute".

However, the last three numbers were probably quite familiar, especially if you have attended our concerts before. The program closed with Henry Fillmore's "His Honor" march, "Back Home Again in Indiana" (mentioned above), and a Warren Barker arrangement, "Cole Porter on Broadway". Here is the complete program for the "City Appreciation Night" concert.

Our next concert, on Thursday, June 23, will honor former Purdue Band Director Al Wright, who will be celebrating his 100th birthday! Come join us!

"America the Beautiful" Celebrates the USA and its Musical Heritage

Bill's Bones Bill's Bones
Bill's Bones Bill's Bones
Bill's Bones, a trombone sextet led by Bill Kisinger, started out Thursday's concert.
Personnel: Bill Kisinger, Jim and Ian Bertucci, Jim Hopkins, Matt Conaway, and Mike Wallyn.

Band Core Daniel Hallett
Left: The core of the band.
Right: West Lafayette High School alumnus Daniel Hallett on cymbals in the percussion section.

Bill Kisinger, LCB Musical Director Steve Cotten, Harrison HS
Left: A glimpse of clarinets and oboes, in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.
Right: The flute section, including Ruth and Elizabeth Ewigleben.

Bill Kisinger, LCB Musical Director Steve Cotten, Harrison HS
Left: Part of the clarinet section playing the Adirondack Festival Overture.
Right: The euphonium section of the Lafayette Citizens Band.
(Pictures by Kris Kazmierczak)

Bill's Bones, a trombone sextet led by Bill Kisinger, performed the pre-concert entertainment on Thursday, June 9. The concert program was titled "America the Beautiful", and began with the familiar song of that name, often called the "other" national anthem. This arrangement was by Carmen Dragon, who directed the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and other orchestras.

The concert not only featured some very American numbers, but also music we have inherited and adopted from around the world. The "Gloria" March is American F. H. Losey's most popular composition. Stephen Bulla was the Staff Arranger for "The President's Own" US Marine Band, and composed the "Adirondack Festival Overture". Karl King is one of the most famous American march composers, and "The Trombone King" march was on the program.

Leroy Anderson's website calls him an "American composer of light concert music", and the band played his "Promenade". The concert finale was Frank Erickson's arrangement of the "Walt Disney Overture".

However, Americans do not listen to only music "born in the USA", and this concert features the powerful (and fast) fourth movement of Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 4", "An Irish Rhapsody" by Clare Grundman, and Jaime Texidor's "Amparita Roca". All in all, an American concert that appreciates all good music. You can find the complete "America the Beautiful" concert program here.

High School Night Features Bright Young Talent

Bill Kisinger, LCB Musical Director Steve Cotten, Harrison HS
Left: LCB Musical Director Bill Kisinger and the High School Night Audience.
Right: Harrison High School Director Steve Cotten conducts "The Army of the Nile".

Joel Good, Rossville HS Michael Richardson, Benton Central HS
Left: Rossville High School Director Joel Good conducts "Ammerland".
Right: Benton Central High School Director Michael Richardson conducts "Toccata for Band".

Don Pettit, West Lafayette HS Dan Peo, McCutcheon HS
Left: West Lafayette High School Director Don Pettit conducts "What Happens in Band Stays in Band".
Right: McCutcheon High School Director Dan Peo conducts "Summer Resounding".

McCutcheon HS Students Tom Barker, Jefferson HS
Left: Students from McCutcheon High School stand for recognition from the audience.
Right: Jefferson High School Director Tom Barker conducts "American Barndance".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)

The Lafayette Citizens Band's High School Night Concert is an annual event started by our Musical Director Bill Kisinger in the early 1990s, giving us all a chance to hear the bright young talent coming up through the high school band programs in the area. On Thursday evening, June 2, 42 high school players performed alongside LCB players, while their band directors took turns guest conducting the band. Here is the High School Night Concert Program, which includes the names and schools of the student performers and their high schools, as well as their directors.

Our next concert will be Thursday, June 9, at 7:30 at Riehle Plaza. Click the "Next Concert Program" button above to see what's playing!

2016 Season Off to a Grand Start

Memorial Day Audience Keith Adams and Bill Kisinger
Left: The audience for the Memorial Day season opening concert at Riehle Plaza.
Right: LCB Board President Keith Adams and Musical Director Bill Kisinger.

Young fan with a flag Young fan in a dress Young fan on dad's shoulders
Young fans enjoying the Memorial Day concert.

Veterans honored during Armed Forces Salute Veterans honored during Armed Forces Salute
Veterans honored during Armed Forces Salute Veterans honored during Armed Forces Salute
Veterans of all service branches were honored during the Armed Forces Salute.
(Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy)

Trumpets during Stars and Stripes Forever Piccolos during Stars and Stripes Forever
The trumpet and piccolo sections stand during the "Stars and Stripes Forever".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)

The Lafayette Citizens Band opened the 2016 summer band season on a warm but dry Memorial Day evening. You can see our Memorial Day Concert program here.

Ryan Nowlin's "Fanfare: A Vision and a Dream" opens the program, followed by "Espirit de Corps" by Robert Jager, 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". All who served in the armed forces to stand when their service song ws played in Robert Lowden's "Armed Forces Medley", although the packed audience seemed just a little empty without Betty Reed standing for the Coast Guard song. (See Betty's obituary below.)

Jay Dawson arranged the familiar hymn "Abide With Me", complete with bugle calls, and for our classical fans, we presented Mikhail Glinka's "Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla". The trumpet section was featured in Leroy Anderson's "Bugler's Holiday".

The concert also included "Music from The Incredibles" by Michael Giacchino, and the "Silver Celebration" by John Wasson. The closing number was the premiere performance of a new arrangement by our Musical Director Bill Kisinger, "Sounds of the Seventies", which included the theme from Rocky, We've Only Just Begun, I Write the Songs, Stayin' Alive, Sweet Caroline, 25 or 6 to 4, and many, many more.

Our next concert is this Thursday, when we present High School Night. You can see the High School Night Concert program here, or click on the "Next Concert" button above. 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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