Sunday, August 8, 2021

2021 Season Closing Remarks

 The Chemical City Band (CCB) closed its 112th Season with a concert on July 28 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park.  With cooperating weather, we were able to hold all 7 rehearsals and perform 7 concerts outdoors this year.  We consistently had large and appreciative audiences, setting an all time record on June 30 for cash/coin donations in the drum shells.  On another occasion we received a significant number of Canadian coins which were exchanged for equivalent US currency.

Although our nation continues to struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chemical City Band returned to almost normal operations this summer.  Those few unvaccinated musicians (mostly younger folks) were asked to wear a mask upon arriving and departing the stage.  The average number of players per performance was back up to 48 (39 in 2020), drawing from a total of 69 musicians this year.  Our ages ranged from 14 to 83.  19 dedicated musicians played all 7 concerts.


The CCB has a 6 member Board of Directors, who are also members of the band:

Richard S. Harner, president

Susan Gessford, vice-president

Gaye Terwillegar, secretary

Richard L. Scott, treasurer

Steve 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 Foundation and The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation.  The CCB also participated in the Give Local Midland, a one-day fund raiser in May, sponsored by the Midland Area Community Foundation.  Contributions to our endowment fund can be made at any time to the MACF by indicating the Chemical City Band long term investment fund #545.


2021 Roster (in alphabetical order):

Eric Attard

Dean Bard

Nicholas Bloom

Tom Broka

Nicki Bruski

Meg Carlsen

Tom Coon

Susan Cuddie-Stephens

Ben Dawley

Tina Delong

Steve DeRees

Kaitlin DeRees

Ethan Dotson

Max Doty

Ryan Egeler

Richard Enszer

Joey Essenmacher

Adrienne Feige

Amy Folkenroth

Jason Folkenroth

Lucas Foote

Anna Gessford

Dave Gessford

Stephanie Gessford

Sue Gessford

Anne Halls

Richard Harner

Brady Havens

Wendy Hohmeyer

Irene Kline

Katelynn Kosar

John Kostoff

Andrew Kowalski

Jim Lile

Hannah Loiselle

Laura Maiers

Mattie Midkiff

Rachel Morr

T.J. Neuenfeldt

Jim Pawloski

Ryan Petersen

Tom Peterson

Kevin Rash

Nicole Rausch

Andrew Reed

Tom Rice

Samuel Ringgold

Stanford Rowe

Tom Ryden

Dick Scott

Kerry Smith

Nathan Snyder

Roger Stevens

Mara Stewart

Andrew Taylor

Justin Taylor

Emilia Teed

Paul Teed

Gaye Terwillegar

Beth Thomas

Matthew Thomas

Yuki Togashi

Justin Walker

Lindsay Walker

Karen Welser

Roger Welser

Jeanne Wiest

Joel Wiseman

Jacob Wisenbach

Mackenzie Zdrojewski





Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Week 7 - July 28 Concert

 The Chemical City Band will perform its seventh concert of the 112th Season on July 28, 2021 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.  Please check this blog or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chemicalcityband) for last minute instructions, if necessary.


Eric Attard will be our guest conductor, while Steve DeRees takes a position in the tuba section.  The following pieces will be presented:

Williamsburg Overture..................................................................................James Swearingen

The Homefront: Musical Memories from World War II.........................arr. James Christensen

Air for Band.....................................................................................................Frank Erickson

Bombasto.............................................................................Orion R. Farrar, arr. J. Edmondson


Intermission


The High School Cadets March.........................................................................John Philip Sousa

The Marriage of Figaro Overture...................................Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. E. Slocum

Over the Rainbow...................................................Edgar Harburg and Harold Arlen, arr. J. Brubaker

Bravada Esprit..........................................................................................................David Shaffer

Barnum and Bailey's Favorite March..................................................Karl L. King, arr. G.C. Bainum

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

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


Historical photo courtesy of the Alden B. Dow Archives


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Week 6 - July 21 Concert

 The Chemical City Band will perform its sixth concert of our 112th Season on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 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.  Please check this blog or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chemicalcityband) for last minute instructions, if necessary.


Steve DeRees will conduct the following selections:

Folk Song Suite for Military Band........................................................Ralph Vaughan Williams

  1. March "Seventeen Come Sunday"
  2. Intermezzo "My Bonny Boy"
  3. March "Folk Songs from Somerset"
Michel Legrand in Concert.............Michel Legrand and Marilyn & Alan Bergman, arr. I. Polster

Call to Victory March....................................................................Karl L. King, arr. J. Swearingen

Intermission

Spirit!.....................................................................................................................Douglas Akey

What a Wonderful World..................................George Weiss and Bob Thiele, arr. B. Lowden

Malaguena..............................................................................Ernesto Lecuona, arr. S. Nestico

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

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

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



Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Week 5 - July 14 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its fifth concert of our 112th Season on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 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.  Please check this blog or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chemicalcityband) for last minute instructions, if necessary.


Steve DeRees will conduct the following selections:

Carnegie Anthem........................................................................................................William Owens

Overture to "Candide"..........................................................Leonard Bernstein, trans. C. Grundman

Music from "Braveheart"......................................................................James Horner, arr. J. Vinson

Heat Lightning March.........................................................................................Richard W, Bowles


Intermission


Impact................................................................................................................Randall D. Standridge

Music from "The Lion King".....................................................................................arr. John Higgins

Incantations...............................................................................................................Robert W. Smith

Who's Who in Navy Blue...................................................................John Philip Sousa, ed. F. Byrne

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

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


CCB Rehearsal



Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Week 4 - July 7 Concert

 The Chemical City Band will perform its fourth concert of our 112th Season on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 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.  Please check this blog or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chemicalcityband) for last minute instructions, if necessary.


Steve DeRees will conduct the following selections:

The Original Thirteen, Concert March............................................William Billings, arr. J.D. Ployhar

American Salute........................................................................Morton Gould, trans. P.J. Lang

Holiday for Flutes............................................................................David Rose, arr. J. Warrington

The Liberty Bell March...........................................................John Philip Sousa, ed. W.D. Revelli


Intermission


Freedom Forever March.................................................................................Dana F. Everson

The Trombone Rag...........................................................................................John Higgins

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

America, the Beautiful..........................................Samuel Augustus Ward, arr. Carmen Dragon

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

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


CCB Flutes


CCB Trombones

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Week 3 - June 30 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its third concert of our 112th Season on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 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.  Please check this blog or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chemicalcityband) for last minute instructions, if necessary.


Steve DeRees will conduct the following selections:

Hail Miami! March..........................................................................Joseph John Richards

Big Sky Overture........................................................................................Philip Sparke

Second Suite in F for Military Band...............................Gustav Holst, ed. C. Matthews

  1. March
  2. Song Without Words
  3. Song of the Blacksmith
  4. Fantasia on the "Dargason"

Intermission

The U.S. Field Artillery March......................................John Philip Sousa, arr. M.L. Lake

Adagio for Winds.....................................................................................Larry Daehn

Revolutionary Anthem............................................................................Douglas Court

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

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

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

                                                   
John Philip Sousa

Gustav Holst

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Week 2 - June 23 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its second concert of the 2021 season on Wednesday, June 23 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.  Please check this blog or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chemicalcityband) for last minute instructions, if necessary.


Steve DeRees returns as our regular conductor this summer.  The following selections will be presented:

The Symphonic Beatles.............................John Lennon & Paul McCartney, arr. J. Cacavas

Spring Lake Overture................................................................................William Ballenger

The Seventies.................................................................arr. Paul Jennings & Paul Lavender

Manhattan Beach March....................................John Philip Sousa, arr. K. Brion & L. Schissel

Short Intermission

Music from "The Sting"...................................................................................arr. J. Cacavas

King Cotton March.............................................................John Philip Sousa, ed. F. Fennell

Music from "Braveheart"......................................................James Horner, arr. J. Vinson

On the Wings of the Chosen (Movement III)..............................................Roland Barrett

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

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