Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Concluding Thoughts for 2015

2015 was a transition year for the Chemical City Band (CCB), but included a fine list of guest conductors.  As soon as CCB Board of Directors (board) found that Jim Huber would not be directing any concerts due to conflicts with his new job and relocation, we realized that the "unwritten" responsibilities of the music director still needed to be accomplished for a successful season.

The board hired Sue Gessford as the CCB librarian and personnel manager for 2015.  Official duties for these 2 positions included locating, stuffing, distributing, and re-filing new music each week for musicians and insuring that each section of the band was appropriately staffed and attendance recorded.  While this may sound straightforward, the time and effort required is substantial.  Additionally, Sue worked with Midland Parks & Recreation for concert setup and Midland Public Schools for music and rehearsals, and many many more.  We are deeply indebted to her for doing the "behind the scenes" jobs this year, on time and without (much) complaint.

The board will extend an offer for a new Director of Music in a few weeks.  If anyone would like to express an opinion, please feel free to contact any of the board members listed below.  Of course, any comments about the CCB program or execution are appreciated and can be posted to this blog publicly.

Additional updates will be published as they become available.  As we conclude our current season, I want to thank all who attended concerts or otherwise supported the CCB.  Monetary donations can always be made to Midland Area Community Foundation, 76 Ashman Circle, Midland, MI 48640.  Checks should be payable to "Chemical City Band Endowment Fund." 

Checks for Chemical City Band operations can still be mailed directly to 5709 Tiffany Lane, Midland, MI 48642.  All contributions are fully tax deductible.

We look forward to your return for the 107th season of the Chemical City Band starting in June 2016. 

Richard Harner, 2015 blogger on https://chemcityband.blogspot.com

on behalf of the Chemical City Band Board of Directors:

Bob Johnson, president and chairman
Rich Harner, vice-president and asst. chairman
Dick Scott, treasurer

Gaye Terwillegar, secretary
Mara Simanskey, public relations/marketing
Jim Huber, musical director