Thursday, August 5, 2010

What a great summer!

The Chemical City Band has completed it's 101st season, and it was a great one! We have so many people to thank, but most of all we want to acknowledge:

  • Charter Communications
  • The many members of our loyal audience who have donated money to support the band's operations
  • Our musicians, who volunteered their time this summer
  • The City of Midland, for providing the use of the sound system and the band shell

Thank you to all of you, and let's look forward to next summer!

Warmest regards,

Jim Huber, music director

Friday, July 23, 2010

Season finale - July 28, 2010

Season finale concert

Wednesday July 28, 2010
7:30pm at Central Park band shell

The 101st season of the Chemical City Band concludes with a program of music that will include:

Trombone concerto, by Rimsky-Korsakov (with featured soloist Erik Ludwig)
Selections from the musical "The Fantasticks"
March of the Steel Men (dedicated to the workers in the steel mills of Joliet, Ill)
Late in the Evening (a fun latin tune by Paul Simon)
The Crosley March (Henry Fillmore's tribute to the Cincinnati businessman Powell Crosley)
Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart)
Barnum and Bailey's Favorite, by Karl L. King (perhaps the greatest circus march ever written)
The Invincible Eagle, by John Philip Sousa

We hope you will be able to join us for this exciting and widely varied evening of musical entertainment.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Week 6 - July 21st concert

CC Band welcomes back director Jim Huber for the final two weeks of the season. This week, music from a wide variety of styles will include circus marches, music of the British Isles, George Gershwin's lovely ballad "Summertime", and of course, a Sousa march (one of the lesser known marches entitled "Jack Tar"). All this and more, this Wednesday July 21, beginning at 7:30pm at the Central Park band shell.

The weather looks excellent, so plan to join us for another summer evening of music performed by one of Midland's finest traditions, the Chemical City Band.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Week 5 - July 14th

Our next concert will be on Wed July 14, beginning at 7:30pm in Central Park. Guest conductor for the Chemical City Band will be Wendy Hohmeyer, director of the Midland Community Orchestra.

Joining us for this evening will be the cast of the summer TMI production of "Kiss Me Kate" (at the Midland Center for the Arts), who will offer excerpts from their upcoming production. Check the website for dates and times.

Please join us for an enjoyable evening of both instrument and vocal music.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Week 4 - concert on Wed July 7th

Our 4th concert of the season will be led by guest conductor Steve DeRees, director of the H. H. Dow High School bands (and a member of the CCB tuba section). Concert time remains at 7:30pm, so come out and enjoy anther wonderful concert in Central Park.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Week #3 - June 30, 2010

Our performance on June 30, 2010 is our official 4th of July concert. The band will not be a part of the festivities at Chippewassee Park this year.

Our program will begin at 7:30pm in the Central Park band shell, and will consist of the following musical selections:

American Red Cross, march (L. Panella)
Serenade - "A Night in June" (King) - featuring the Euphonium section
Olympic Spirit (Williams)
Western Dance (Grundman)
Semper Fidelis, march (Sousa)

The Pledge of Allegiance (musical setting by A. Reed)
Salute to America's Finest, military march medley (arr. Lavendar)
Broadway Show Stoppers Overture (arr. Barker)
Stars and Stripes Forever, march (Sousa)

The weather looks great, so please come and join us for this salute to the USA.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

One of our own! Congratulations to Tom Fennigan


Another wonderful article from our local paper, focused on Tom Fennigan (who plays flute and piccolo in the band). Congratulations Tom - your country salutes your service!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Weather update for Wed June 23

Update as of 6:15pm

Based on the latest forecast, the concert is a "go". See you at the band shell!!


The weather for tonight is looking "iffy", but our final decision will be made by 6pm. Check back at that time for the latest information. We do not have the option of moving the concert indoors.

To see the radar of approaching rain, click this link:

Scroll down to see the radar, and you may have to click the reload button for the latest information.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Week #2 - Wed July 23

Wednesday July 23
7:30pm, Central Park band shell

Musical program:

The Boys of the Old Brigade, march (Chambers)
Light Calvary, overture (von Suppe)
Fantasia on "Lady of Spain" (arr. Hunsberger)
March Grandioso (Sietz)

Castle Gap (Williams)
Twelfth Street Rag (Bowman)
James Bond Returns (arr. Dye)
Daughter of Texas, march (Sousa)
America the Beautiful & National Anthem (Key)

Check back for a link to weather radar (should the conditions appear marginal).

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June 16 concert

Opening night for the 2010 season

Wednesday June 16, 7:30pm start time
Central Park band shell


Gallant Marines, march K. L. King
Symphonic Overture Carter
Havah Nagilah fantasy Lang
The Governor's march Anderson

Special presentation

Selections from the musical "A Chorus Line" Hamlisch
Themes Like Old Times arr. Barker
Disney at the Oscars arr. Moss
March - Under the Double Eagle Wagner
American the Beautiful/National Anthem Key

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for our opening night of the 2010 season. The weather looks like it will be perfect for a concert!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Chemical City Band to receive a grant from Charter Communications

We are excited to announce that the band has received a grant from Charter Communications, which will fund the band's operations this summer. We are most grateful for this financial support, and for all the good that Charter does to bring television, internet, and phone service to the Midland area.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Plans set for the 2010 season

The Chemical City band will return for our 101st season with a series on concerts on Wednesday nights during the months of June and July. The new concert start time is 7:30pm, while the location remains the historic Ted Nicholson Band Shell at Central Park.

Performances are scheduled for June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, and 28.

As we are no longer sponsored by the City of Midland, the band will be seeking donations to support the costs of operation. Check back regularly to see how you can help finance one of Midland's finest and longest standing summer traditions.

Friday, March 19, 2010

2010 season of the Chemical City Band

The budget challenges in the City of Midland have forced the elimination of all funding for the operations of the band. After consulting with band members, we plan to pursue a different model for funding (based on donations), but our audience will hopefully notice few changes. Its the beginning of our 2nd century of operation, and we are changing with the times.

The concert season will likely begin on June 16, and will continue through the end of July. The band will not be a part of the 4th of July concert this year, so we will have our own Patrioitic Night on the previous concert (June 30). Among our guests this summer will include a shared concert with the Gateway Community Band (from Clare).

Check back for more information as we get closer to June. And remember, our new concert start time will be 7:30pm (not 8pm as we have traditionally done).

Jim Huber, director