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Stars and Stripes Celebration Was Spectacular!

(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)

The Lafayette Citizens Band played a spectacular star-spangled concert on Saturday night, July 4 at Slayter Center.

The Purdue Jazz Band, Mo Trout directing, took the Slayter Center stage at 7:00 pm, followed by the Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps at 7:45. The Lafayette Citizens Band concert started at 8:00. The LCB, led by Bill Kisinger, was joined by The Freedom Singers, which was directed by John Satterfield.

The opening hour of the concert included "The Star-Spangled Banner", "Rise of the Firebird" by Steven Reineke, the "American Patriotic Medley" arranged by Bill Kisinger, and the highly-recognizable "National Emblem March" by E.E. Bagley. Joel Benson sang with the band on Henry Mancini's "It Had Better Be Tonight". The trombone section was featured in Henry Fillmore's "Lassus Trombone". Then, our second vocalist of the evening, Dustin Hopkins, sang the Frank Sinatra tune "Ain't That a Kick In the Head", written by Jimmy Van Heusen. A novelty number was next, "William Tell's Canned Overture", featuring Pam Nave and the percussion section. Jerry Goldsmith's "Patton March".

Our third vocalist of the night, John Satterfield, sang Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA", followed by the "Armed Forces Salute", during which we asked veterans of all service branches to stand when their song is played. What concert at Slayter Center would be complete without "Hail Purdue"? Harold Walters' "Mr. USA" was next (a medley of George M. Cohan tunes, and then we had a medley of tunes by Old Blue Eyes, titled "Sinatra! (100 Years)". The first hour of the concert closed with John Phiilip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever".

At 9:00, Eric Van Cleave directed the Indiana All-Star Show Choir, and the Lafayette Citizens Band returned at 9:15. The second part of the concert featured "John Williams: The Symphonic Marches", a Bill Kisinger arrangement titled "Bossa Nova Fantasy", and John Wasson's "Curtain Call". Warren Barker's arrangement "Hooray for Hollywood" was next, and then The Freedom Singers returned with John Satterfield conducting "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". To close the concert, Bill Kisinger directed Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture". The fireworks display started about 10:10 pm. You can see the complete "Stars and Stripes Celebration" program here.

Thanks for joining us to celebrate the Fourth of July with the Lafayette Citizens Band!

The Band Honors the City of Lafayette

The West Lafayette Sextet provided pre-concert entertainment.

The French horn and flute sections of the Lafayette Citizens Band.

The rain held off again, as the LCB observed City Appreciation Night.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)

Once again, the Lafayette Citizens Band celebrates the great support the band has received from the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette. It was City Appreciation Night, and we invited all the local elected officials to celebrate with us. Mayor Tony Roswarski led the singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana", an annual tradition.

There was much more on the program, too. At 6:30 pm, the West Lafayette Sextet performed a pre-concert show, and at 7:30, the Lafayette Citizens Band took over. The program included Verdi's famous "Dies Irae" from his Requiem, E.E. Bagley's "National Emblem March", based on the Star-Spangled Banner, and music from the movie "The Magnificent Seven" by Elmer Bernstein.

American composer Aaron Copland was honored with "A Copland Tribute", arranged by Clare Grundman, followed by "Holiday for Winds" by Glenn Osser, and "His Honor March" by Henry Fillmore. The singalong was next, and the concert ended with the "Chester Overture", John Williams' "Symphonic Marches", and a Warren Barker arrangement of "Hooray for Hollywood". You can find the complete "City Appreciation Night" program here.

NOTE: There will not be a concert next Thursday, but there will be one on Saturday, July 4, a big one! The "Stars and Stripes Celebration" will be held at Slayter Center on the Purdue campus. It's three hours of music followed by spectacular fireworks. You can find the complete "Stars and Stripes Celebration" program here.

Gershwin, Dixieland, Dance Music and More Included
in "Music for a Summer Evening"

Left: LCB President Joe Newlin sells visors on a summer evening.
Center: The Dan Lierman trio, with Will Gephart on drums and Jeff Goodspeed on keyboard.
Right: The tuba section in the opening number, the "Revelation March".

Left: Matthew Baldwin, Steve Parke, Marty Hodapp and Jim Hopkins performing "At a Dixieland Jazz Funeral".
Center: The euphonium section playing Gustav Holst's "Second Suite in F".
Right: The trombone section featured in Henry Fillmore's "Lassus Trombone".

Left and Center: Joel Benson sings "A Gershwin Tribute to Love".
Right: Musical Director Bill Kisinger talking to the audience during the concert "Music for a Summer Evening".
(Photos by Paul Addison)

As our friend Bill Taylor used to say, "It never rains on a good band." The Lafayette Citizens Band must have been good Thursday night (June 18), because the rain held off for the LCB concert titled "Music for a Summer Evening". The program included a variety of concert band tunes, opening with the "Revelation March" by W. Paris Chambers, followed by the "Second Suite in F" by Gustav Holst. The trombone section was featured next in the novelty number "Lassus Trombone" by Henry Fillmore.

Vocalist Joel Benson sang a medley of George Gershwin tunes titled "A Gershwin Tribute to Love". A little bit of New Orleans was featured in "At a Dixieland Jazz Funeral" by Jared Spears, and the program ended with three dance-like numbers, "Dance Rhythms" by Wallingford Riegger, Leroy Anderson's "Blue Tango", and the classic "Moon River" by Henry Mancini. You can find the complete "Music for a Summer Evening" program here. No rain!

The pre-concert program started at 6:30 with music by saxophonist Daniel Lierman, accompanied by Will Gephart on drums and Jeff Goodspeed on keyboard. Next Thursday is City Appreciation Night, and starts off at 6:30 pm with the West Lafayette Sextet. See you then!

LCB Honors World War II Veterans with Music

The Lions Club serves up popcorn, and the Riverboat Ramblers serve up some pre-concert dancing music.

Low brass: Marty Hodapp plays the tuba, backed up by the "mini-tubas" (the euphoniums), and the trombones.

Concert on the Plaza: The audience, the woodwind section, and Jo Gelfand sporting the new LCB visor.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)

Thursday evening's concert (June 11) featured two numbers honoring veterans of World War II and those who died during the conflict. Darius Milhaud's composed the "Suite Francaise" on a commission from Leeds Music, and it was premiered by the Goldman Band in New York City in 1945. France had been liberated from Nazi Germany by American soldiers the year before. The documentary television series "Victory at Sea" was originally broadcast by NBC in the United States in 1952-1953, and condensed into a film in 1954 (according to Wikipedia). Richard Rodgers and Robert Russell Bennett wrote and arranged the music, and the Lafayette Citizens Band presents the band arrangement of the music from that series.

The concert, titled "Concert on the Plaza", featured three pieces written or arranged by Henry Fillmore. Franz von Suppe's "Light Cavalry Overture" is easily by all but the tiniest tots among us, and we played Henry Fillmore's band arrangement. Following that was Fillmore's "Men of Ohio" march, and later in the program was his "The Circus Bee" march. The first is more traditional, and something to which people could actually march, while the second is a blazing barn burner; the two make an interesting contrast.

Other numbers on the program included "Rise of the Firebird" by Steven Reineke, "The Fair-Day" (a movement from "An Irish Symphony") by Sir Hamilton Harty, "Melody a la King" (a collage of tunes by another famous march composer, Karl King), and "Spy Chase" by Brant Karrick, which featured the trombone players disassembling their instruments for some special effects in the coda. You can find the complete "Concert on the Plaza" program here.

Al Jones's dixieland group "Riverboat Ramblers" started the fun at 6:30.

Next Thursday's concert is titled "Music for a Summer Evening". You can find the complete "Music for a Summer Evening" program here. Saxophonists Daniel Lierman and Will Gephart will provide pre-concert entertainment at 6:30 pm. It is also City Appreciation Night.

All concerts are free and open to the public. See you there!


A big thanks to all of you who donated to the Lafayette Citizens Band during the time that the Greater Lafayette Community Foundation (GLCF) was matching donations at 50%. The band received about $3000 from GLCF, thanks to your donations!

PLEASE NOTE that matching funds are no longer available from GLCF, so we ask that you make your tax-deductible donation directly to the Lafayette Citizens Band. Please send your check to the Band office, 216 N. 4th Street, Suite 201, Lafayette, 47901.

Bill Kisinger on WBAA

Hear Musical Director Bill Kisinger talk with WBAA's Greg Kostraba on the WBAA website.

High School Night Features 40 Students and 6 Guest Conductors

Left to right: High School Night students, Joe Newlin and Bill Kisinger, Bill conducts "Andante".

Left to right: Michael Richardson (Benton Central), Don Pettit (West Lafayette) and Don Peo (McCutcheon).

Left to right: Jim Bertucci (Clinton Prairie), Steve Cotten (Harrison) and Tom Barker (Jefferson).

Left to right: A family, Madeline Roberts from Harrison, and a mother and daughter at the concert.

Left to right: Trumpets and trombones, the percussion table, and the band playing "Begin the Beguine".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)

Forty area high school students performed, and six area high school band directors guest conducted, alongside the Lafayette Citizens Band on Thursday night, May 28, for the LCB's annual High School Night concert.

High School Night is a tradition started by Musical Director Bill Kisinger in the 1990s. The names of the players, and the guest conductors, are listed on our High School Night concert program.

Our next concert is this Thursday evening at 7:30 pm, at Riehle Plaza, 2nd and Main Streets in downtown Lafayette. It is titled "From Russia With Love". You can find the complete concert program here.

World Premiere of "Lafayette Suite" Kicks Off 2015 Season

Left to right: Bill Kisinger, David Stern, Diane Walkup, Nancy Bowker, Emily and Joe Newlin.

Left to right: Harriet Coppoc, Jim Bertucci, Margaret and Jim Bertucci.

Left to right: Beth and Barbara Purkhiser, Vicki and Tom Schmidt, Mark and Becky Lillianfeld.
(Photos by Brenda Hohman)

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)

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)

Shop on Amazon and Support the Band!

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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