News Release

For release during the week preceding March 2, 2014

NMiBB To Present A Tribute To Cole Porter in St. Ignace

The Northern Michigan Brass Band (NMiBB) will present a Tribute to Cole Porter as part of its ongoing series Something for Everyone on Sunday, March 2 in the United Methodist Church in St. Ignace. The program will begin at 3:00 P.M. Now in its fifteenth year of operation, NMiBB will perform a program of original and transcribed brass band music by Edward Gregson, Igor Stravinsky, W.A. Mozart, Joseph Horovitz, Johann Strauss, George Gershwin, Louis Ganne, D.W. Reeves, and Cole Porter. The featured soloists will be NMiBB founding members Beverly Isenbarger in a performance of the Rondo from Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4, and Ev Wujcik in a flugelhorn rendition of Cole Porter’s I’ve Got You Under My Skin. General admission is $10 with students admitted free. Tickets will be available at the door.

According to NMiBB Conductor Ralph Schweigert, the idea for a series of programs based on the concept “Something for Everyone,” originates from the fact that not everyone listens to music in the same way. “Some people listen with their heads, others with their hearts and still others with their feet,” Schweigert said. “I try to include music that will appeal to all these listening styles on any one program.”

The program will also include with Prelude for an Occasion, a stirring opening fanfare by British composer Edward Gregson; the Allegro movement from Sinfonietta, a major composition for brass band by British composer Joseph Horovitz; the Bercuse and Finale from The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky; Thunder and Lightning, the famous polka by Johann Strauss, Jr.; Fascinating Rhythm by George Gershwin; The Father of Victory, a classic French march by Louis Ganne, and 2nd Regiment Connecticut N.G., one of the first truly great, but rarely played, American marches by David Wallace Reeves. The Concert will conclude with a tribute to Cole Porter with the Nelson Riddle arrangement of I’ve Got You Under My Skin followed by a medley of several of his greatest hits including Another Op’nin’, Another Show, True Love, I Love Paris, C’est Magnifique and Wunderbar.

Centered in Gaylord, this all-volunteer 30 piece ensemble has attracted enthusiastic adult brass players from across northern Michigan from Alpena to Traverse City and Frankfort and north to Mackinaw City, including Petoskey, Charlevoix, Bellaire, Interlochen, East Jordan, Beulah and Gaylord. Since the band was organized in January of 1999, it has presented over 75 concerts in various venues throughout Michigan.

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NMiBB is a 501(c)(3) organization and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.