Thursday, August 27, 2020

2020 Season Closing Remarks

 The Chemical City Band (CCB) concluded its 2020 season with an August 5 concert at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park.  The concert was played without the traditional Monday evening rehearsal, because rain prevented us from gathering at the band shell.  Wednesday evening was warm with sunshine and well attended by a large and very appreciative audience.  An all-time record cash contribution total was received in the drum shells that night.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 season was unique in many other ways (several listed below):

  • The CCB Board of Directors (Board) met twice, starting in April, to determine if any concerts were possible.
  • In June, the City of Midland gave permission to use the band shell for all rehearsals and concerts, if social distancing could be practiced by the musicians.
  • The Board met once again to discuss the Hold Harmless and Waiver agreement required by Midland Parks & Recreation and set a 6 concert season to begin 2 weeks later than usual.
  • A seating arrangement was created on the concrete slab and tested with 38 chairs, maintaining a 6 foot spacing.
  • The first rehearsal was held at the band shell on June 29.  
  • Musicians wore masks on arrival and departure.  While seated, the masks could be removed for warm-up and performance.  
  • Percussionists and conductor (standing) wore masks continuously.
  • Flutes were placed in the front row, because most of the air passes directly over the embouchure hole with no obstruction.
  • The Board was responsible for setup and tear down at each service, minimizing the contact between musicians and with chairs/music stands.
  • Both rehearsals and concerts were performed without an intermission.
  • An average of 39 musicians (out of 76 on the roster) played each week (normally ~50), and 21 members performed all 6 weeks.


The CCB has a six-member volunteer Board, who are also members of the band:

  • Richard S. Harner, president
  • Susan Gessford, vice-president
  • Gaye Terwillegar, secretary
  • Richard L. Scott, treasurer
  • Stephen DeRees, music director
  • Mara Stewart, publicity director

In addition to contributions from the general public, the Board would like to acknowledge financial support from The Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations and The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation.  The CCB also participated in the Give Local Midland one-day fundraiser in May, sponsored by the Midland Area Community Foundation.  Contributions can be made at any time to the MACF by indicating the Chemical City Band long-term investment fund.

The precautions we took were prudent and in line with state and local requirements.  As far as we know, no new cases of Covid-19 transmission were due to CCB performances.  Hopefully, 2021 will bring a return to normal schedules and musical gatherings.

Hope to see you all next summer,

Rich Harner, chairman of the Board


Monday, August 3, 2020

Week 6 - August 5 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its sixth and final concert of the 2020 season at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 PM.  Because the regular rehearsal was cancelled due to rain Monday night, we will only rehearse briefly before the performance - a first for the band!  

In case of rain Wednesday night, the concert is cancelled.  Please check this blog or our Facebook page for last minute updates.  Social distancing is still required.  Please bring your face mask to protect yourself and others.

Steve DeRees continues as our director.  The following musical selections will be presented without intermission:

The NC-4 March..............................................Frederick E. Bigelow

American Sketches...................................................Barry E. Kopetz
     A Folk Song Set of Wisconsin

Wave the Flag (for Old Chicago).......Gordon Erickson, arr. P. Yoder
     University of Chicago Fight Song

Glasgow Sketches.............................................arr. John Edmondson

Washington and Lee Swing...............C.A. Robbins, T.W. Allen, and
M.W. Sheafe, arr. W.C. Schoenfeld

When Yuba Plays the Rumba on the Tuba........Herman Hupfeld, 
arranged by William Teague

Rock Around the Clock........Max C. Freedman & Jimmy DeKnight

America, the Beautiful.................Samuel F. Ward, arr. A.F. Gaylord

The Star-Spangled Banner.....John Stafford Smith, arr. A.F. Gaylord


The 2020 season has been unique.  We want to thank our faithful and attentive audience for their participation in the safety requirements, including social distancing and wearing face masks.  Without this cooperation, were would not be able to present 6 concerts this year.



Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Week 5 - July 29 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its fifth concert of the 2020 season on Wednesday, July 29 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 PM.  In case of rain, the concert is cancelled because we have no other appropriate venue this summer.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing will be practiced by all.  Please bring your face mask to protect yourself and others.

Steve DeRees continues as our conductor.  The following musical selections will be presented without intermission:

Aces High March..................................Ron Goodwin, arr. L. Daehn

Chesford Portrait...................................................James Swearingen

The Magic of Harry Potter.....................................arr. Michael Story

Variants on an Irish Hymn..........John Ness Beck, arr. J. Tatgenhorst

Root Beer Rag.........................................Billy Joel, arr. M. Sweeney
    Sax Section Feature

Moscow, 1941...........................................................Brian Balmages

The Gallant Seventh.......................John Philip Sousa, arr. F. Fennell

America, the Beautiful.................Samuel F. Ward, arr. A.F. Gaylord

The Star-Spangled Banner.....John Stafford Smith, arr. A.F. Gaylord


The following image was captured at our first concert of social distancing.



Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Week 4 - July 22 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its fourth concert of the 2020 season on Wednesday, July 22 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 PM.  In case of rain, the concert is cancelled because we have no other appropriate venue this summer.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing will be practiced by all.  Please bring your facemask to the concert to protect yourself and others.

Steve DeRees continues as our conductor.  The following musical selections will be presented without intermission:

Pioneers......................................................................Ralph Hultgren

Ragtime Overture.........................Irwin Levine and Russell Brown, 
arr. P. Yoder

Hickory Hills, Concert March.....................................George Kenny

Night and Day............................................Cole Porter, arr. J. Krance

Bonds of Unity.................................Karl L. King, arr. J. Swearingen

Reverberations..........................................................Brian Balmages

Medley from "The Little Mermaid"................Howard Ashman and 
Alan Menken, arr. J. Bocook

Semper Fidelis........................................................John Philip Sousa

America, the Beautiful.................Samuel F. Ward, arr. A.F. Gaylord

The Star-Spangled Banner.....John Stafford Smith, arr. A.F. Gaylord


This sign was modified for 2020 and is placed Wednesday morning in Central Park. It is visible when travelling on Rodd Street towards the circle:


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Week 3 - July 15 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its third concert of the 2020 season on Wednesday, July 15 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 PM.  In case of rain, the concert is cancelled because we have no other appropriate venue this summer.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing will be practiced by all.  Please bring your facemask to the concert to protect yourself and others.

Steve DeRees is our musical conductor.  The following selections will be presented without intermission:

Jubiloso.............................................................................Ed Huckby

Universal Pictures Suite "JAWS".......John Williams, arr. J. Cacavas

La Rosita....................................Gustave Haenschen, arr. J. Cacavas

The Washington Post......................John Philip Sousa, arr. P. Sparke

Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona................................Larry MacTaggart

New Millenium Overture.................................................Gary Fagan

Rolling Thunder.........................................................Henry Fillmore

America, the Beautiful.................Samuel F. Ward, arr. A.F. Gaylord

The Star-Spangled Banner.....John Stafford Smith, arr. A.F. Gaylord


In the center of this image is the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, taken from 400 feet during our initial rehearsal of the season:


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Week 2 - July 8 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its second concert of the 2020 season on Wednesday, July 8 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 PM.  In case of rain, the concert is cancelled because we have no alternate performance site.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing will be practiced by all.  Please bring your face mask to the concert to protect yourself and others.

Steve DeRees is our musical director.  The following selections will be presented with no intermission:

The New Century March..............................Thomas Preston Brooke

Symphonic Overture....................................................Charles Carter

Spania, Spanish March.................................................David Shaffer

Tunbridge Overture................................................James D. Ployhar

Tribute to Bacharach and David....................................Hal David &
Burt Bacharach, arr. J. Edmondson

All Glory Told.......................................................James Swearingen

The Gladiator..........................................................John Philip Sousa

America, the Beautiful.................Samuel F. Ward, arr. A.F. Gaylord

The Star-Spangled Banner.....John Stafford Smith, arr. A.F. Gaylord


The signage reminds all attendees of the federal, state, and local requirement of social distancing for Chemical City Band concerts in the park.


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Week 1 - July 1 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its first concert of the 2020 season on Wednesday, July 1 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 pm.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the concert is cancelled in case of rain because we have no alternate performance site.  Social distancing will be practiced by all.  Please bring your face mask to the concert to protect yourself and others.

Steve DeRees is our musical director.  The following selections will be presented with no intermission:

God Bless America............................Irving Berlin, arr. F.D. Cofield

Let Freedom Ring.................................................arr. James Curnow

A Night in June..............................................................Karl L. King

The American Way................Edwin Franko Goldman, arr. C. Carter

Selections from "Rocky".................Bill Conti, Carol Connors, and 
Ayn Robbins, arr. Robert W. Lowden

Miss Liberty March.................................................John Edmondson

Of Honor and Duty...................................................Dana F. Everson

Salute to America's Finest.....................................arr. Paul Lavender

The Stars and Stripes Forever................................John Philip Sousa

America, the Beautiful.................Samuel F. Ward, arr. A.F. Gaylord

Star-Spangled Banner............John Stafford Smith, arr. A.F. Gaylord


Here is a picture of our socially distanced rehearsal Monday night: