Wednesday, June 7, 2017

2017 Season Opening Remarks

With the start of the 2017 Chemical City Band season just 2 weeks away, I want to preview our 108th summer of performances.  As before, all 7 concerts below will occur at the Nicholson-Guenther Band Shell in Midland's Central Park on Wednesdays @ 7:30 PM.

2017 CCB Concert Dates

June 21
June 28
July 5
July 12
July 19
July 26
Aug 2

Each week we have a single rehearsal on Monday @ 7 PM in the Dow High School music room. This performance schedule requires talented & dedicated musicians who demonstrate excellent sight-reading skills. Steve DeRees will continue as our conductor for this season.  Additional members of the CCB Board of Directors include Susan Gessford, Richard Scott, Gaye Terwillegar, Mara Simanskey, and Richard Harner.

On a sad note, we lost Bob Johnson on March 17 to an automobile accident.  Bob was an active member of the Chemical City Band for over 50 years, and served as president and chairman of the board until 2015.  Recalling his talent for playing most reed instruments and his unique sense of humor, he will be missed by all.

On July 19 the Chemical City Band will play a joint concert with the Auburn Community Band of Auburn, IN (  They are celebrating their 35th anniversary with a trip to Midland.  Bill Burk, a long time resident of Midland, moved to Indiana and has orchestrated this first meeting of the two bands.

The Chemical City Band is a non-profit musical organization.  Donations can be made during concerts in either of the 2 snare drums (heads removed) or sent directly to 5709 Tiffany Lane, Midland, MI 48642.  Alternatively, donations towards our long term investment fund can be made to the Midland Area Community Foundation, 76 Ashman Circle, Midland, MI, 48640.  Checks should indicate the "Chemical City Band Endowment Fund #545".

Please check this blog for more news throughout the season.  Additional information including last minute updates can be found on our Facebook page:  Also, check out the Verge section of the Midland Daily News each week.

Hope to see you at the first concert on June 21!

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