Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Week 5 - July 10 Concert

UPDATE:  The concert is moved to Central Auditorium tonight!  Please arrive at the regular time for sound check and leave your cases/coats in the hallway behind the stage (no other rooms available).

The Chemical City Band will perform its fifth concert of the 2024 season on July 10 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 pm.

With hurricane remnants heading our way, the weather does not look promising.  A decision will be made by 4:00 pm whether to move the concert to the Central Auditorium or stay at our outdoor venue. Please check this blog or our Facebook page for last minute updates.

Steve DeRees will conduct again this week, presenting the following musical selections for your enjoyment:

Legends and Heroes, American Folksong Suite #1.............................................Pierre La Plante

I. Patrick on the Railway

II. Sweet Betsy

III. Little David, Play On!

"Mary Poppins" Selections...............Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman, arr. T. Ricketts

Caribeguine...........................................................................................................Willis Schaefer

The Show Piece, Concert March......................................................................Richard W. Bowles

Intermission

"Jurassic Park" Soundtrack Highlights...........................................John Williams, arr. P. Lavender

Celebration and Song..........................................................................................Robert Sheldon

Star Spangled Spectacular, Music of George M. Cohan.......................................arr. J. Cacavas

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

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

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


George M. Cohan


Sunday, June 30, 2024

Week 4 - July 3 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its fourth concert of the 2024 season on July 3 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 pm.  

Due to the July 4 holiday, our normal Monday night rehearsal is postponed until 6:00 pm on Wednesday (5:30 pm arrival & setup), immediately before the concert.  In case of rain, the rehearsal and performance are moved to Central Auditorium.  Please check this blog or our Facebook page for last minute updates.

This week we will be sharing the stage with the Strong Winds MPT combo of the 338th Army Band.  A rousing patriotic concert will be presented as follows:


Chemical City Band - Steve DeRees, Director

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

A Colonial Legend..............................................................................................Clare Grundman

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

 

Strong Winds MPT - CWO Kevin Bays, Director

Washington Post March....................................................................................John Philip Sousa

Grand Russian Fantasia...................................................................Jules Levy, arr. D. Shephard

Rhapsody in Blue.......................................................................George Gershwin, arr. P. Murtha

Highlights from "The Greatest Showman"......................................................arr. Michael Brown

God Bless the U.S.A.....................................................................Lee Greenwood, arr. J. Vinson

 

Combined Bands

National Emblem March........................................................................................Edwin E. Bagley

America the Beautiful.....................................................................Samuel A. Ward, arr. C. Dragon

Dixieland Jam!.......................................................................................................arr. Bob Lowden

Armed Forces on Parade........................................................................................arr.  US Navy Staff

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

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

 

Strong Winds MPT members:

SSG Kimberly Meigs - Flute
SGT Heidi Miller - Flute
SFC Matthew Gilfillan - Trombone
SPC Lidia Cooper - Tuba
SPC Andrew Pettit - Euphonium
SGT Andrew Neer - Trumpet
SSG Joel Wiseman - Cornet
SPC Joshua Harper - Clarinet/Sax

Strong Winds of 338th Army Band



Monday, June 24, 2024

Week 3 - June 26 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its third concert of the 2024 season on June 26 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 pm.  Weather predictions look good this week.  In case of rain, the concert will move to Central Auditorium.  Please check this blog or our Facebook page for last minute updates.

Steve DeRees will conduct once again this week.  The following musical selections will be presented with a short intermission:

Mt. Everest....................................................................................................................Rossano Galante

Flight of the Eagle..............................................................................................................John Wasson

Highlights from "The Right Stuff"......................................................................Bill Conti, arr. P. Jennings

Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew......................................................................................James Curnow

Intermission

Flying Fortress.............................................................................................Ernst Stieberitz, arr. J. Jurrens

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

Joyant Winds..........................................................................................................................Ed Huckeby

The Blues Brothers Revue.................................................................................................arr. Jay Bocook

The Gallant Seven March.......................................................................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

 

James Curnow

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Week 2 - June 19 Concert

UPDATE: The concert tonight will be shortened due to the predicted heat index.  We will not perform the Legends and Heroes Suite.  The normal band setup will be offset slightly to maximize shade from the sun.  

The Chemical City Band will perform its second concert of the 2024 season on June 19 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 pm.  The current forecast is sunny with a high of 93 degrees, so please plan appropriately.  In case of rain, the concert moves to Central Auditorium.  Please check this blog or our Facebook page for last minute updates.

Steve DeRees has chosen another challenging program to conduct.  The following musical selections will be presented with a short intermission:

The Stormchasers........................................................................................................Robert Sheldon

Legends and Heroes, American Folksong Suite No. 1..................................................Pierre La Plante

I. Patrick on the Railway

II. Sweet Betsy

III. Little David, Play On!

Rampage!..........................................................................................................................Todd Stalter

The Water is Wide...............................................................................................arr. Darren W. Jenkins

Star Wars Medley.....................................................................................John Williams, arr. J.H. Burden

Intermission

Exaltation, Overture for Band....................................................................................John Swearingen

Tangled Medley, from Walt Disney's "Tangled"..........................................Alan Menken, arr. T. Hoshide

The Genius of Ray Charles.......................................................................................arr. Michael Brown

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

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

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


Pierre La Plante




Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Week 1 - June 12 Concert

 The Chemical City Band will perform its first concert of the 2024 season on June 12 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 pm.  In case of rain, the concert will be moved to Central Auditorium.  Please check this blog or our Facebook page for last minute updates.

Steve DeRees returns as our conductor this week.  The following musical selections will be presented with a short intermission:

Overture Jubiloso.........................................................................................................Frank Erickson

Roller Coaster, a Symphonic Sketch.........................................................................Otto M. Schwarz

Appalachian Folk Fantasy......................................................................................arr. Anne McGinty

Grand Canyon Overture........................................................................................James Swearingen

The Motorist March.................................................................................Louis Rich, arr. R. Feldbush

Intermission

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

1. March

2. Song Without Words, "I'll love my love"

3. Song of the Blacksmith

4. Fantasia on the "Dargason"

I Want to Hold Your Hand........................................................................John Lennon & Paul MCartney

The Free Lance March "On to Victory" .......................................................................John Phiip Sousa

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

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


Gustav Holst

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, June 3, 2024

2024 Season Opening Remarks

 The first rehearsal and performance of the Chemical City Band (CCB) for the 2024 season will occur next week.  This year our season starts in mid-June and concludes before the end of July. We have scheduled 7 Wednesday evening concerts (starting at 7:30 pm) as follows:

2024 CCB Concert Dates

June 12

June 19

June 26

July 3

July 10

July 17

July 24

All concerts are free to the public and performed at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park.  Please park in the lot adjacent to Collins Street.  Additional parking is available over the hill at the Midland Miracle Field.  In case of rain, the concert normally moves to Central Auditorium.

The City of Midland has completed a construction project improving access to the band shell and adding a Collins Street dropoff area.  Please use the new concrete walkway to access the audience benches.  The proposed walkway to the playground (below) has not yet been completed:


Furthermore, through a generous grant from the Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF), a permanent sound system was designed and installed at the band shell over the winter.  

The Midland Area Community Foundation exists to cultivate the power of giving within our community, support long-term transformation, and help ensure all residents thrive.

The work was coordinated by Heath Hetherington of Central A/V Design of Midland.  We hope this new sound equipment will improve each concert attendee's enjoyment of musical selection announcements and of soloists/vocalists.

Monday rehearsals will start at 7 pm sharp in the H.H. Dow High School band room.  The rehearsal that would normally occur on July 1 has been moved to 6 pm on July 3 at the band shell, followed by a patriotic concert at 7:30 pm.  This change accomodates our guest performers, the Strong Winds MPT combo group of the 338th Army Band.  More information on this very special concert will be coming.

On Tuesday, May 7 the Chemical City Band participated in the Give Local Midland campaign sponsored by the MACF.  The CCB received $2,185 in donations by 25 individuals during this one day event.

The Chemical City Band is a non-profit 501(c)(3) musical organization registered in the State of Michigan.  Cash/check donations can be made at any concert via the two stragically located snare drum shells located among the audience or sent directly to the Chemical City Band, P.O. Box #2454, Midland, MI 48641.  

Alternatively, donations toward our long term investment fund can be sent to the Midland Area Community Foundation, 76 Ashman Circle, Midland, MI 48640.  Checks/grants should indicate the Chemical City Band Endowment Fund #545.

All are invited to share in the celebration of our 115th season of musical performance.  We strive to enhance the quality of life in Midland with a community-wide tradition since 1910.



Saturday, August 5, 2023

2023 Season Closing Remarks

The Chemical City Band (CCB) closed its 114th season with a concert on July 26, traditionally performed at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park.  The weather was not very cooperative this year - one concert was cancelled and three others were moved (due to rain and smoke) to Central Auditorium.  We wish to thank all those who attended, regardless of last minute changes to the venue.

The drum shells were available for cash contributions during each concert.  We received over $400 one evening, a new record for CCB!  During the 2023 season, 77 musicians performed at least 1 concert, and 15 played (or rehearsed) for all 7.  Instrumentation gaps were filled by talented high school & college students, accounting for 14 of our personnel this year.  Finally, we averaged 46 players each week.

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

Richard S. Harner, president

Susan M. Gessford, vice-president

Gaye Terwillegar, secretary

Richard L. Scott, treasurer

Mara Stewart, publicity director

Stephen E. DeRees, music director

The CCB operates with 3 paid staff positions. Sue Gessford serves as personnel manager, Beth Thomas as librarian, and Steve DeRees as band conductor.  Additionally, Tom Broka was our guest conductor on July 19 and Justin Taylor was the featured trombone soloist on June 28.

In addition to contributions from the general public, the Board would like to acknowledge operating financial support from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation and the Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundation.  The CCB also participated in the Give Local Midland one-day fund raiser in May, sponsored by the Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF).  Without this local support, the CCB would not be viable.

Contributions to the CCB Endowment Fund, administered by the MACF, can be made at any time by indicating the Chemical City Band long term investment fund #545.  Any income in excess of expenses is deposited in our MACF fund with a goal of self-sufficiency in the future.


Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell


2023 Roster (alphabetical by first name)

Adrienne Feige    Andrew Kowalski    Andrew Reed
Angela Kalcek    Anna Gessford    Anne Halls
Ash Goldberg    Autumn Brutyn    Ben Dawley
Beth Thomas    Bobbi Shephard    Brenda Selley
Brenden Dastick    Camryn Toth    Cara Bucci
Chris Seman    Cora Lambert    Dave Selley
Dean Bard    Dick Scott    Elijah Skutt
Emma Longoria    Eric Attard    Everett Kalcek
Gabe Krish    Gavin Mehl    Gaye Terwillegar
Grant Wang    Greg Bovid    Izaac Ringgold
Jacob Weisenbach    Jason Folkenroth    Jessica Chai
Jim Lile    Jim Pavilcek    John Kostoff
JR Nosal    Justin Taylor    Justin Walker
Katelynn Kosar    Ken Pederson    Ken Yegiala
Kerry Smith    Kevin Rash    Laura Maiers
Lindsay Walker    Logan Gessford    Lonny Cruff
Mara Stewart    Matt Thomas    Mattie Midkiff
Meg Carlson    Miranda Noel    Nathan Ng
Nathan Snyder    Nicole Bruski    Nicole Rausch
Owen DeLong    Rachel Morr    Rich Harner
Rick Enszer    Roger Stevens    Ryan Egeler
Ryan Petersen    Sam Ringgold    Shirley Walker
Stan Rowe    Stephanie Gessford    Sue Bovid
Sue Genau    Sue Gessford    Tina DeLong
Tom Broka    Tom Coon    Tom Peterson
Tom Rice    Tom Ryden