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William D. Kisinger, Musical Director
Lafayette Citizens Band, 216 N. 4th Street, Suite 201, Lafayette, IN 47901
Phone: 765-423-BAND (2263), Email: email@example.com
Beth Purkhiser and her students Braeden, Lilly, Caroline, Shyama and Carson provided pre-concert music on June 22.
Left: Ian and Eric, sound technicians for the LCB concerts.
Center: Regan and Rebekah, winners of last week's question contest, are congratulated by LCB President Mark Lillianfeld.
Right: Masashi, another student of Beth Purkhiser's, playing with the band.
Left: Margaret Bertucci, LCB's Executive Director, plays bass clarinet with the band.
Center: Margaret's son Ian and the trombone section perform the "Light Cavalry Overture".
Right: Jason and Steven play in the horn section.
Left: The audience for the first official summer concert.
Right: The trombones stand for "Lassus Trombone".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
Although we consider the start of summer to be the evening of the first Lafayette Citizens Band concert of the year, the "official" start of summer was observed by the band with a concert titled "Music for a Summer Night". Pre-concert music was provided at 6:45 by students from the studio of Beth Purkhiser.
The "Light Cavalry Overture" by Franz von Suppe is the classic concert overture, with a theme that nearly everyone will recognize. The "Revelation March" by W. Paris Chambers and "Andante" by Albert Ingalls followed on the program. Another tune that most people recognized was "Lassus Trombone" by the march composer Henry Fillmore. Irish melodies were heard in Clare Grundman's "Irish Rhapsody".
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", and the Lafayette Citizens Band played the title tune from that classic album. The program was rounded out with Franz Liszt's "Fresca", Russell Alexander's "The Southerner" march, and "Chuck Mangione in Concert", arranged by our own Music Director Bill Kisinger. Here is the complete "Music for a Summer Night" program.
Next Thursday's concert begins at 7:30 pm, with pre-concert music by Jim Wells and Friends. Concerts are at Riehle Plaza at 2nd and Main Streets in Lafayette, and are free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chair. See you there!
Alex and Finn hope to get some popcorn, served by the Lions Club Popcorn Team at the June 15 concert.
Left: Bill Kisinger's group "Bill's Bones" provided pre-concert music.
Right: The percussion section during "Men of Music March".
Don, Billy, Ted (left) and Lynda and Janice (right) enjoy the concert.
Left: Sheila Klinker presents the band with a certificate commemorating 175 years of the Lafayette Citizens Band.
Right: Audience members enjoying the singalong.
Left: Lafayette Council member Ron Campbell and West Lafayette Clerk Sana Booker represented the mayors.
Right: City representatives ready to lead the singalong of "Back Home Again in Indiana".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
On Thursday evening, June 15, the Lafayette Citizens Band showed its appreciation to the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette for their public support of the band. The City of Lafayette passed a Band Tax in 1939 (a very small percentage of a property assessment), which has made it possible for the band to play free concerts for the public since that time. The City of West Lafayette has joined the team more recently. Several local elected officials led the audience in the singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana". Also, representative Sheila Klinker presented the band with a certificate noting its 175th anniversary.
Pre-concert music was presented at 6:45 pm by Bill Kisinger and his trombone group, Bill's Bones.
The concert began with John Wasson's "Land of Liberty", followed by Gustav Holst's "First Suite in Eb". The "Men of Music" march was composed by Karl King and arranged by Harold Walters. Next was an interesting piece named "Granada", written by Agustin Lara and arranged by Richard Franko Goldman.
Musical Director Bill Kisinger arranged the next number on the concert, titled "Beach Boys Medley", made up of songs that appeal to people who grew up in the 1960s, and just about everyone else. Henry Fillmore, another famous march composer, wrote "His Honor March".
Following "Back Home Again in Indiana", the concert concluded with "In a Persian Market" by Albert Ketelbey, "Patton March" by Jerry Goldsmith, and "Jerome Robbins' Broadway", arranged by Warren Barker. Here is the complete "City Appreciation Night" concert program.
Beth Purkhiser and Masashi Fukada provided pre-concert saxophone music at the June 8 concert.
Left: The audience at the "America the Beautiful" concert on June 8.
Right: Bill Kisinger conducts the Lafayette Citizens Band.
(Photos by Janet Fukada)
On Thursday, June 8, the Lafayette Citizens Band presented a concert of music that brought out the best in what we love about America. The title number, "America the Beautiful", opened the concert, followed by the Finale from Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, subtitled "From the New World". Dvorak explained that he used Native American themes to compose this work.
What music is more American than a John Philip Sousa march? His "Washington Post March" was next on the concert, followed by a Jimmy Van Heusen tune, "But Beautiful", arranged by Sammy Nestico. The trumpet section was featured next in Leroy Anderson's "Bugler's Holiday".
The most well-known American composer, next to Sousa, may be Aaron Copland, and the band played "A Copland Tribute", arranged by Clare Grundman, followed by Harry Lincoln's "Repasz Band March". The Repasz Band is said to be "the oldest brass band still in existence".
The concert concluded with the "American Overture for Band" by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, Karl King's "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite March", and "The Genius of Ray Charles", arranged by Michael Brown. Here is the complete "America the Beautiful" concert program.
Next Thursday, we celebrate City Appreciation Night. The concert begins at 7:30 pm at Riehle Plaza. See you then!
Left: The audience for the High School Night concert on June 1.
Center: Tom Barker receives the Hoosier Award from State Representative Sheila Klinker.
Right: High school tubist Preston Wolfe playing with the band in the Frescobaldi "Toccata".
Left: Michael Richardson (Benton Central HS) conducts Henry Fillmore's "The Klaxon".
Center: Joel Good (Rossville HS) leads the band in "Shenandoah".
Right: The percussion section playing Matt Conaway's "Primeval Stormfront".
Left: The audience whistles along with Edwin Franko Goldman's "On the Mall".
Center: Dan Peo (McCutcheon HS) directs "On the Mall".
Right: The percussion section playing Leroy Anderson's "The Syncopated Clock".
Left: Tom Barker (Lafayette Jefferson HS) leads the band in "Funiculi Funicula".
Center: Clayton Henady (West Lafayette HS) directs "Rhythms and Riffs".
Right: Steve Cotten (Harrison HS) conducts "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" on the album's 50th anniversary.
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
On Thursday evening, June 1, the Lafayette Citizens Band presented its second concert in four days! It was our annual "High School Night" concert, and over 40 high school students played alongside members of the LCB, while their high school directors took turns conducting the expanded band.
After Musical Director Bill Kisinger opened the concert by conducting Gershwin's "Strike Up the Band", Michael Richardson (Benton Central) led "The Klaxon March". Other guest conductors on the program included Joel Good (Rossville) directing "Shenandoah", Dan Peo (McCutcheon) leading the "On the Mall" march, just-retired Tom Barker (Lafayette Jefferson) conducting "Funiculi Funicula", Clayton Henady (West Lafayette) with "Rhythms and Riffs", and Steve Cotten (Harrison) conducting "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" on the 50th anniversary of the release of that landmark record album.
Other musical numbers on the concert included Frescobaldi's "Toccata", "Primeval Stormfront" by our own Matt Conaway (who incidentally wrote the arrangement of "Back Home Again in Indiana" that was sung at Sunday's Indianapolis 500), Leroy Anderson's "Syncopated Clock", the "Bravura March" by C. E. Duble, and Glenn Osser's "Beguine for Band". Here is the complete High School Night program, complete with a list of the students performing alongside the LCB.
Our next concert will be next Thursday, June 8, at Riehle Plaza beginning at 7:30 pm. The program is titled "America the Beautiful. Here is the complete "America the Beautiful" concert program.
Click on "Where to Park" to see where you can leave your car, and note that there is construction all over downtown Lafayette. Riehle Plaza is located at the west end of Main Street at 2nd Street. See you next week!
Left: The audience, estimated at 500-600, at the Memorial Day concert.
Right: LCB Board President Mark Lillianfeld welcomes the crowd.
Bill Kisinger conducts the LCB in "American Salute" by Morton Gould.
Flags fly overhead while the percussion section plays with the band.
Left: Olivia, Zach and Eloise enjoy the concert.
Right: Reese dances with Uncle Don to the "Fantasia" selections.
Veterans of the Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy are recognized during the
Memorial Day concert as the band plays the service songs for all branches.
The piccolos and the brass section stand for the Memorial Day concert encore, "The Stars and Stripes Forever".
(Photos by Kris Kazmierczak)
The Lafayette Citizens Band opened its 2017 season on Monday, May 29, at Riehle Plaza, 2nd and Main Streets, in downtown Lafayette. The concert featured the "Fanfare for a Ceremonial Occasion" by Albert Ketelbey, Morton Gould's "American Salute", E. E. Bagley's "National Emblem March", and Ryan Nowlin's "Let Freedom Ring" for a patriotic start to the season.
Of course, past and present members of all the branches of service were recognized when we play the "Armed Forces Salute" (see the pictures above). And there were other numbers in the concert, including Handel's "Water Music", Alfred Reed's "El Camino Real", John Wasson's "Big Band Tribute", and "Selections from Walt Disney's Fantasia. Here is the complete Memorial Day program.
There is construction going on at the corner of 2nd and Columbia Streets, but the parking garage "catty-corner" from the construction is available and free, as are all our concerts.
Our next concert is Thursday, June 1 (yes, this week!). It's our annual High School Night concert, featuring over 40 high school students and seven high school directors doubling as guest conductors. Here is the complete High School Night program, complete with a list of the students performing alongside the LCB.
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!
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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