Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Week 1 - June 21 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its 1st concert of the 2017 season on Wednesday, June 21 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 PM.

The following musical selections will be presented:

Somerset Holiday.......................................................Andrew Balent

Intermezzo from Opera "Vanessa"...........Samuel Barber, arr. Beeler

Western Dance.........................................................Clare Grundman

Tower of the Americas...............................................Mike Leckrone

Intermission

Winds on the Run.........................................................Eric Osterling

All Through the Night.........................................arr. Sammy Nestico

The Minstrel Boy......................................................Leroy Anderson

The Free Lance March..........John Philip Sousa, ed. William Revelli

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

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


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Additional Pre-Season Information

Due to continuing construction activities at the Central Middle School site, parking will be a challenge again in 2017.  The lot "over the hill" just south of the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell will be open again and is the closest option.  Limited off-street parking on Collins St. is also available as before, but officially within the construction zone.  Please use at your own risk!

Finally, the parking lot at Memorial Presbyterian Church is only a short walk along Rodd St.  Many thanks to Wally Mayton, pastor at MPC, and Gaye Terwillegar for making this option available to concert patrons on Wednesday evenings.

The joint concert with the Auburn Community Band will occur on July 19, with ACB performing first @ 7:30 PM, then our CCB, followed by the combined bands (80+ performers expected).  An alternate venue at the Northeast Middle School gym is available that evening only in case of rain.  Please check this blog or our Facebook page for last minute updates.

See you all next Wednesday!

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 (www.acbindiana.com).  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: www.facebook.com/chemicalcityband.  Also, check out the Verge section of the Midland Daily News each week.

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Week 7 - August 3 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its 7th (final) concert of the 2016 Season on Wednesday, August 3 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 PM.

Our guest conductor this week is Chris O'Connell.  Our intermission music will be supplied by Sax to the Max, an ensemble of saxophone musicians including our own baritone sax player Mackenna Greene.

The following musical selections will be presented:

Hickory Hills Concert March......................................George Kenny

Guardians of Peace Symphonic March.....................James L. Hosay

Homeward Bound...................................Marta Keen, arr. B. Karrick

Anthem for Victory...............................................Quincy C. Hilliard

Intermission Music...................Runaway Baby, My Girl, Daft Punk
   Alto Sax: Keon Beigzadeh, Megan Heydrick, Jon Gorman,
                   Quinn Johnson, Munif Hakim, Andre Buckley
   Tenor Sax: Avery King, Maddie Jones, Josh Loiselle
   Bari Sax: Mackenna Greene, Noah Coughlin
   Drums: Max Pavlik

Dedicatory Overture................................................Clifton Williams

Kindergarten March Fantasy........................Edwin Franko Goldman

September Song.................................Maxwell Anderson/Kurt Weill

The Olympic Spirit..............................John Williams, arr. J Curnow

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

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


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Week 6 - July 27 Concert

5:30 PM UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the final decision to play the concert tonight will be made @ 7 PM.

The Chemical City Band will perform its 6th concert of the 2016 Season on Wednesday, July 27 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 PM.

This week is Steve DeRees' final concert of the season.  He will be back at the podium in 2017.  Chris O'Connell will direct next week as our guest conductor. 

Also, this weekend is the final opportunity to purchase a bottle of wine at the Grape Beginnings Winery downtown, where 10% of the price of Wildberry Shiraz will be donated to CCB (see Week 4 blog for details).

The following musical selections will be presented:

The Crosley March.............................Henry Fillmore, arr. R. Foster

Irving Berlin: The Early Years.............................arr. Warren Barker

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

Slumber, My Darling.........................Stephen Foster, arr. B. Karrick

The Symphonic Beatles.............Lennon/McCartney, arr. J. Cacavas

Intermission

The Invincible Eagle March...John Philip Sousa, arr. Brion-Schissel

March and Procession of Bacchus.......Leo Delibes, arr. E. Osterling

Festivity........................................................................Stephen Bulla

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

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

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

Chemical City Band
Our 107th Season

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Week 5 - July 20 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its 5th concert of the 2016 Season on Wednesday, July 20 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 PM.

Tonight, the audience will include 2 members of the Auburn Community Band, who traveled from Indiana today to arrange a possible joint performance of the bands during our 2017 season.  Percussionists: please provide many unusual sounds during the Spike Jones Salute in honor of our guests!

The following musical selections will be presented:

Shannon Lake...............................................................Brant Karrick

Second Suite for Military Band in F Major...................Gustav Holst
          1. Movement 1, March

Adagio...........................................Tomaso Albinoni, arr. J. de Haan

A Salute to Spike Jones..........................................arr. Calvin Custer

1st South Dakota Infantry March..............F.M. Halstad, arr. J.Pekas

Intermission

Emperata Overture...................................................Claude T. Smith

Someone to Watch Over Me.........George Gershwin, arr. W. Barker
           Jeff Podhorez, alto sax soloist

Big Bands Play Folk Songs..........................................arr. J. Ployhar

Manhattan Beach March........John Philip Sousa, arr. Brion/Schissel

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

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





Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Week 4 - July 13 Concert

The Chemical City Band will perform its 4th concert of the 2016 Season on Wednesday, July 13 at the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in Midland's Central Park, starting at 7:30 PM.

During the month of July, the Grape Beginnings Winery, LLC (244 E. Main St. Midland) will donate 10% of the sales of one wine selection Wild Red - Wildberry Shiraz to the Chemical City Band.  Check out their website: www.grapebeginningswinery.com for more information.

Our weekly program gives other options for contributing to the band directly or through our endowment fund at the Midland Area Community Foundation.  We are now half way through the 107th season of performing in Midland.  Several supporters have written checks for $107 to celebrate this occasion. 

The following musical selections will be presented for your enjoyment:

Blue Ridge Saga....................................................James Swearingen

Italian Festival..........................................................arr. Glenn Osser

Salute to Bob Hope...............................................arr. Warren Barker

A Russian Festival...........................................................Jay Dawson

Oh, Henry! Concert March............................................Ryan Nowlin

Intermission

Dark Fortress Overture.......................................................Bob Grice

Disney Blockbuster.................................................arr. John Higgins

Second American Folk Rhapsody............................Clare Grundman

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

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

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