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Bob Schlatter, Longtime LCB Player, Dies at 94

There are few band musicians in the Lafayette area who haven't met or played with Bob Schlatter at one time or another. Bob played with the Lafayette Citizens Band since the 1970s, and was conductor at one time. He was the band director at West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School, as well as Assistant Principal. He led many bands, including the Gentlemen of Note, a German band, a brass quintet, and played with many other groups, including the Vintage Brass and the Top Brass ROTC band.

Bob passed away on Saturday morning, February 11. The visitation will be next Friday (February 17) from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Soller-Baker Funeral Home on Twyckenham Blvd in Lafayette, and again from 2:00 pm until the time of the memorial service at 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Lafayette.

Bob's obituary is on the Soller-Baker website, where we obtained the picture.

Our sympathies go out to Bob's family. We in the Lafayette Citizens Band will miss him. You can leave comments on the LCB Facebook page,

Players: It's Time to Get Ready for Another Season!

If you'd like to play with the Lafayette Citizens Band this season, whether you are young or old, and whether you have played with us before or not, it's time to let the LCB section leaders know about you and your availability. Go to our Player Information page, read about how the band operates, then download the Player Information sheet with the 2017 schedule, fill out your availability, and send it by email to your section leader. You have until April 27 to do this, after which time the section leaders will assign players to specific concerts. There is no reason to put this off!

All the information is on the page and the information sheet, but new players in the area might want to know that the season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and all Thursdays in between until the end of July, with the band returning to wrap up the season with the Labor Day concert. For the regular weekly concerts, we rehearse once on Wednesday night and play the concert on Thursday night, so it is helpful if you are not only a good player, but a good sight-reader (or you have time on Thursdays to practice!). We welcome all band instrumentalists who can play well, and we look forward to having you join us this summer!

The 2017 Schedule is Here!

Here's a little something to warm up your winter day: the 2017 Concert Schedule has been posted! The Lafayette Citizens band will kick off the season on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29) at 7:30 at Riehle Plaza, and Thursday night concerts will continue through the end of July (including Thursday concerts before and after the Stars and Stripes concert on Tuesday, July 4. The first Thursday in August will feature a guest band, and then the LCB will return to close the season on Labor Day on Monday, September 4.

Please note that all concerts begin at 7:30 pm, except for July 4th (8:00) and Labor Day (7:00). Mark your calendars, and we will see you in May!

LCB Reviews 2016 Season, Welcomes New President

Annual Meeting Awards
Awards were presented at the LCB Annual Meeting on September 25: Krista Steinmetz (Above and Beyond),
Paul Addison (Volunteer of the Year), and Margaret Bertucci (President's Award).

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!

Labor Day Concert Commemorates Indiana's 200th Birthday

Bill Kisinger Audience at Labor Day Concert
Bill Kisinger conducts the band celebrating Indiana's Bicentennial.

The Lafayette Citizens Band Pamela and Andrew Landrum
The Labor Day concert was enjoyed by Pamela and Andrew Landrum.

The Audience at the Indiana Bicentennial Concert The Band with the Courthouse in the Background
The band played music by Indiana composers and music about Indiana, with the Tippecanoe County
Courthouse, which is having its dome refinished, in the background.

Bruce Knepper A Large Audience for the Season Finale Concert
Bruce Knepper solos with the band in front of one of the season's largest audiences.
(Photos by Paul Addison)

Another season came to a close on Monday, when the Lafayette Citizens Band presented its final concert of the season. However, this season finale concert was a special treat, which celebrated Indiana composers and historical events as we commemorated Indiana's bicentennial. The State of Indiana joined the Union on December 11, 1816.

The program opened with "The American Dream" by James Beckel, an Indianapolis composer. The "Burst of Flame March" was next, by Richard Bowles, who taught at Lafayette Jefferson High School before going to the University of Florida. Our own Matt Conaway was the composer of the next number, "On the Banks", followed by the "Bravura March" by C.B. Duble from Jeffersonville.

We went back to an Indiana classic next, "On the Banks of the Wabash", by Paul Dresser from Terre Haute. Trumpet soloist Bruce Knepper entertained us next with the "Ode for Trumpet" by Alfred Reed.

Perhaps the most well-known Indiana composer is Cole Porter, from the circus town of Peru, and the band performed "Another Op'nin', Another Show". The "Tippecanoe Quickstep" took us back to the presidential election of 1840, in which William Henry Harrison and John Tyler were on the ticket, giving rise to the slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too". Another Indiana classic, "Back Home Again in Indiana", by James Hanley from Rensselaer, borrowed heavily from "On the Banks of the Wabash".

"Land of Liberty" by John Wasson was next, and the concert concluded with Fred Jewell's "Quality Plus March" (Fred was from Worthington, Indiana) and "Hoagy Carmichael in Concert", the Warren Barker arrangement of tunes by Bloomington's Hoagy Carmichael, and written specifically for the Lafayette Citizens Band in 1992, the band's sesquicentennial year.

You can find the complete "Indiana Bicentennial (1816-2016)" program here. Let's hope the winter goes by quickly, and we'll see you again next May!

Big Swing Band Entertains the Lafayette Citizens Band Audience

Caitlin Benner Big Swing Band Banner Dustin Hopkins
Above: Big Swing Band vocalists Caitlin Benner and Dustin Hopkins.

Paul Addison Mark Phillips Burt Etchison
Above: Soloists Paul Addison (trombone), Mark Phillips (trumpet) and Burt Etchison (alto sax).

Audience Jeff Goodspeed Big Swing Band
Left: Part of the audience at the Big Swing Band concert on August 4.
Center: Jeff Goodspeed, keyboard soloist.
Right: The Big Swing Band on the steps of Riehle Plaza.

Blue Shoes Joe Fisch Family Joe Fisch Daughter
Left: Is that a pair of blue suede shoes?
Center and right: Bari saxophonist Joe Fisch's family at the concert, listening and dancing to "In the Mood".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)

On Thursday evening, August 4, fans of the Lafayette Citizens Band were entertained with an hour of the music of Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, and other sounds from the The Big Swing Band. Vocalists Dustin Hopkins and Caitlin Benner sang along with the band, which is directed by Steve Cotten.

The weather was hot, and the band was, too. It didn't rain, but the music came down hard and heavy. There were 16 numbers on the playlist for Thursday, and you can find the complete Big Band program here.

Please note that there are no more Thursday evening concerts in the 2016 summer series, but the full Lafayette Citizens Band will return at 7:00 pm on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, for the season finale concert. See you then!

Lafayette Citizens Band Celebrates Good Times

Steve from Lions CLub Bob and Lions Club
Above: Steve and Bob from the Lions Club serve up popcorn at the Lafayette Citizens Band concert on July 28.

Sax soloist Trumpet soloist Brass section
Above: "Take the A Train", featuring saxophone and trumpet soloists, and the brass section.

Audience Reese Audience
Above: The audience enjoys the "Celebration" concert, including bass clarinetist
Don Daniel's great niece Reese, who helped Bill Kisinger conduct the band.

Clarinets Horns
Above: The clarinets and tympani playing on "Psyche and Eros".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)

Thursday evening's concert (July 28) was the last full band concert until Labor Day (but the Big Swing Band will play on August 4). "Celebration" was the name of the program and "Celebration Fanfare" was the name of the opening number. Morton Gould's "Jericho" was next, billed as a "Rhapsody for Symphonic Band".

Bill Kisinger's arrangement of Duke Ellington's "Take the A Train" was next, but the next number, Cesar Franck's "Psyche and Eros" may not have beeen as familiar. However, there is hardly a soul who didn't recognize Meredith Willson's "Seventy-Six Trombones" from the musical The Music Man. We've been featuring several arrangements by John Higgins this season, and his "Big Band Signatures" was next on the program. Leroy Anderson is known to us all, but "The Waltzing Cat" may have been new to some of you.

John Williams's "Midway March" and the Warren Barker arrangement "Hooray for Hollywood" finished out the program. You can see the complete "Celebration" program here.

The Big Swing Band will be playing next Thursday (August 4) at 6:30.

Music for Winds

Lafayette Citizens Band Audience
Above: The Lafayette Citizens Band and the audience at the July 21 "Music for Winds" concert.

Clarinets playing 'Clarinet Candy' Bill Kisinger
Left: The clarinet section was featured in Leroy Anderson's "Clarinet Candy".
Right: Musical Director Bill Kisinger directs the band.
(Photos by Paul Addison)

"Music for Winds" was the name of our program for Thursday evening's concert on July 21. The program was full of familiar tunes written for bands in this concert, by composers around the world. Snacks and drinks were provided by O'Charley's, and a saxophone ensemble provided pre-concert music.

Ralph Vaughan Williams's "Sea Songs" began the LCB part of the program, followed by John Barnes Chance's "Variations on a Korean Folk Song", and the "Repasz Band March" by Harry Lincoln. Nearly everyone recognized the "Irish Tune from County Derry", also known as "Londonderry Air" or "Danny Boy", in a moving arrangement by Percy Grainger. (Bill noted that the song was also featured in a movie about community brass bands called "Brassed Off".)

Kermit Leslie's "Night Flight to Madrid" was next, and then a band transcription of the Overture to the opera La Gazza Ladra (aka, The Thieving Magpie) by Gioacchino Rossini. Karl King's "Invictus March", Leroy Anderson's "Clarinet Candy", and the John Higgins arrangement "Broadway Spectacular!" rounded out the concert. You can see the complete "Music for Winds" program here.

Join us at Riehle Plaza next Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 pm for a concert titled "Celebration". Riehle Plaza is located in downtown Lafayette at 2nd and Main Streets. All concerts are free and open to the public.

What's Up at the Symphony?

Red Hat Ladies JC and Katie
Above: The Red Hat Ladies (left) and Katie and JC (right) enjoy the July 14 concert.

Whistler Reflection
Left: An audience member whistles along with the "Colonel Bogey March".
Right: A euphonium player is reflected in the bell of a tuba player.

Bill Kisinger Unusual Percussion
Left: Musical Director Bill Kisinger conducts the band in the "Second Suite in F" by Gustav Holst.
Right: Some unusual percussion was required for the Second Suite in F.

Horns Percussion Clarinets
Above: The horns, percussion and clarinets play the "Second Suite in F" at the "What's Up at the Symphony?" concert.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)

Our friends in the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra sponsor a number of events in the summer, but their regular concert season doesn't start until October 8 this year. So, the Lafayette Citizens Band played a concert on Thursday evening, July 14, titled "What's Up at the Symphony?", a concert full of band arrangements of popular classical numbers, most of which you probably recognized. Franz von Suppe's "Poet and Peasant Overture" began the program, followed by Kenneth Alford's "Colonel Bogey March", featured in the film The Bridge over the River Kwai.

The title number of the concert was a medley arranged by Jerry Brubaker. "What's Up at the Symphony?", subtitled "Bugs Bunny's Greatest Hits", includes tunes you may hve heard from those cartoons of yesteryear, including excerpts from The William Tell Overture, The Barber of Seville, The Ride of the Valkyries, and much more.

Did you know that the musical Rent was based on the story behind the opera La Boheme by Puccini? The band played the "La Boheme March Paraphrase" by Harry Alford (no relation to Kenneth). Gustav Holst's "Second Suite in F" is made up of four movements based on English folk tunes. Dmitri Shostakovich's "Galop" and the Warren Barker arrangement "The Symphonic Gershwin" rounded out the concert. You can see the complete July 14 concert program here.

Our next concert begins at 7:30 Thursday at Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette at 2nd and Main Streets. Bring your lawn chair. All concerts are free and open to the public.

Fans Enjoy "Music for a Summer Evening" with the Lafayette Citizens Band

Sax Quintet Sax Quintet Sax Quintet
Above: The saxophone quintet, led by Beth Purkhiser, provided the pre-concert music on July 7.

Quinlan and Fabish Michael Plake on tuba
Left: Quinlan and Fabish music store handed out cookies and water to the audience.
Right: Michael Plake of the tuba section.

Audience Audience Audience
Above: The audience relaxes and listens to "Music for a Summer Evening".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)

Once again, the weather looked threatening, and the opening number was Sousa's "The Thunderer" march, but the air stayed dry for the concert, appropriately titled "Music for a Summer Evening". You can see the complete July 7 concert program here.

Music from the opera Andrea Chernier by the composer Umberto Giordano was next, and then another march, the "Circus Days March", by Karl King. Frank Perkins's "Fandango" was a light number with a Spanish flavor. From Spain we traveled musically to Russia for the "Russian Sailors Dance" by Reinhold Gliere.

We returned to the U.S.A. for the rest of the program. Frank Erikson's "Sinfonia for Winds" was next, followed by another circus march, "The Circus Bee", composed by another march great, Henry Fillmore. Brian Balmages's "Summer Dances", and a Motown medley called "Hitsville U.S.A" arranged by John Wasson, rounded out the concert.

A saxophone quintet played a pre-concert set at 6:30. The band's next concert is Thursday, July 14, at 7:30 pm. You can see the "What's Up at the Symphony?" program here.

LCB, Freedom Singers, Long Center Show Choir, Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps
and the Weather Cooperate for a Glorious Stars and Stripes Concert

Stars and Stripes Concert Fireworks
Left: Cecil Shoemaker conducts the band and the Freedom Singers in the "Battle Hymn of the Republic".
Right: Fireworks lit up the sky after the concert.

Purdue Jazz Band Mo Trout and Mike Piggott
Left: Mo Trout conducts the Purdue Jazz Band.
Right: Mo Trout and Stars and Stripes announcer Mike Piggott.

Chad Downey Purdue Jazz Band Sarah Gustafson
Above: Soloists Chad Downey and Sarah Gustafson sing with the Purdue Jazz Band.

Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps
Above: The Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps entertained between the Purdue Jazz Band and the Lafayette Citizens Band.

Stars and Stripes Committee Percussion Section Jo Gelfand on the Chimes
Left: The Stars and Stripes Committee, including Mayor John Dennis of West Lafayette and Tony Roswarski of Lafayette.
Center: The LCB percussion section, with Freedom Singers behind and trombones in front.
Right: Jo Gelfand rings the chimes in the "1812 Overture".

Bill's Bones Bill's Bones
Above: Bill Kisinger's trombone sextet "Bill's Bones" performed "Birdland" and "Malaguena".

Long Center All-Star Show Choir Long Center All-Star Show Choir Long Center All-Star Show Choir
Above: The Long Center All-Star Show Choir, directed by Eric Van Cleave, performing hits by the Beach Boys.

Julia Colby Dustin Hopkins
Left: Julia Colby sang "If My Friends Could See Me Now" and "God Bless America" with the band and the Freedom Singers.
Right: Dustin Hopkins sang Sinatra's "The Summer Wind" and Gershwin's "Love is Here to Stay".

Army veterans Marine veterans Air Force veterans Navy veterans
Above: Veterans from the Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy were honored during the "Armed Forces Salute".

Bertucci family Diane and son Sisters Joy and Grace Bosma
Left: Three members of the Bertucci family (Margaret on bass clarinet, Ian and Jim on trombone, first and fourth from the right).
Center: Diane and her son enjoying the concert.
Right: Sisters Joy and Grace Bosma listening to Stars and Stripes Concert.

Cecil Shoemaker Freedom Singers Freedom Singers
Left: Cecil Shoemaker conducting the Freedom Singers in the "Battle Hymn of the Republic".
Center: The Lafayette Freedom Singers, while it was still light.
Right: The Freedom Singers helping out with "Sweet Caroline".

Bill Kisinger Jeff Parthun Bruck Knepper
Above: Bill Kisinger (LCB Musical Director), Jeff Parthun (percussionist) and Bruce Knepper (trumpeter).
(All photos by Kris Kazmierczak)

The skies were cloudy, but there was no rain on the Lafayette Citizens Band's Stars and Stripes Concert on Monday, July 4. The concert was as patriotic and All-American as you could get. The Lafayette Freedom Singers, led this year by Cecil Shoemaker, joined the band on the "Star-Spangled Banner", "America the Beautiful", "Our America", the "Armed Forces Salute", "Hail Purdue", and the "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Dustin Hopkins sang "The Summerwind" and "Love is Here to Stay", and Julia Colby sang "If My Friends Could See Me Now" and "God Bless America".

The band played several numbers on its own, including "Esprit de Corps" (variations on the Marine Hymn), Sousa's "Semper Fidelis" march and "The Stars and Stripes Forever", "American Visions" (variations on "My Country, 'Tis of Thee"), Bill Kisinger's arrangement "Sounds of the Seventies", "Cole Porter on Broadway", "Tennessee Salute", and the "1812 Overture". Plus, the trombone ensemble Bill's Bones played two numbers, "Birdland" and "Malaguena".

In addition to all that, the Purdue Jazz Band played a concert at 7:00, followed by the Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps at 7:45. The Lafayette Citizens Band started at 8:00. During the 9:00 intermission, we were entertained by the Long Center All-State Show Choir, directed by Eric Van Cleave. And, of course, there were fireworks when the concert was over, about 10:10 pm. You can find the complete Stars and Stripes concert program here.

Yes, we still have our Thursday evening concert on July 7. It is titled "Music for a Summer Evening". You can see the complete July 7 program here.

LCB Celebrates Our Proud Musical and Cultural Heritage

LionsClub Pam Nave gets popcorn
Left: The Lions Club provided popcorn for the "Proud Heritage" audience.
Right: Percussionist Pam Nave gets her popcorn.

Bob and guide dox Alex Bob and Carol Beth Purkhiser and Wes Taylor
Left: Bob with his guide dog Alex and puppy-in-training Kauffman.
Center: Fans Bob and Carol enjoy the popcorn and the concert.
Right: Saxophonists Beth Purkhiser and Wes Taylor provide pre-concert music.

Clarinets Jan Applegate Jim Wells
Left: The clarinet section playing the "Proud Heritage" march.
Center: Oboist Jan Applegate in the "English Folk Song Suite".
Right: Hornist Jim Wells in "Prariesong".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)

On Thursday, June 30, the Lafayette Citizens Band presented "Proud Heritage", a concert paying tribute to both the musical and cultural influences of modern day America. It is also the title of the opening march by William Latham.

The program included two numbers with Austrian influence. One of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most famous operas is The Marriage of Figaro, and the band played the well-known Overture. Later, you will hear the "Radetzky March", written by Johann Strauss I in honor of Marshall Joseph Radetzky, who commanded the Austrian forces in Italy in the mid-1800s. Speaking of Italy, the program included the "Tarantella", heard during the wedding scene in the movie The Godfather. And we honored our English heritage with Ralph Vaughn Williams's "English Folk Suite", which is in three movements.

But there was plenty of American music on the program, as well. William Latham, who composed the opening number, was an American composer, as was W. Paris Chambers, who composed the "Revelation March", and Karl King, who wrote the "Kentucky Sunrise March", which is really a ragtime piece. Carl Strommen's "Prairiesong" is much like Aaron Copland's music, straight out of the early American west. To wrap up the program, the band performed the Warren Barker arrangement of "Themes Like Old Times", which included such American classics as "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Peg o' My Heart", "By the Light of the Silvery Moon", and many others. You can find the complete "Proud Heritage" concert program here.

Our "Stars and Stripes" concert is on Monday, July 4, at Riehle Plaza. The Purdue Jazz Band starts at 7:00 pm, and the Lafayette Citizens Band performs at 8:00 pm. You'll want to come extra early for this one!

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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