News Release

For release during the week preceding April 27, 2014

NMiBB To Team Up With Harbor Springs High School Band

The Northern Michigan Brass Band (NMiBB) will present a special combined concert with the Harbor Springs High School (HSHS) Band as part of its ongoing series Something for Everyone on Sunday, April 27 in the Harbor Springs High School auditorium. The program will begin at 3:00 P.M. The program will feature both ensembles performing separately and combined. The concert will also feature brass players from the HSHS Band joining NMiBB in a performance of Star Lake, a stirring march by British composer Eric Ball. Now in its fifteenth year of operation, NMiBB will also perform a program of original and transcribed brass band music by Gustav Holst, Malcolm Arnold, Derek Bourgeois, Johann Strauss, and Glenn Miller. General admission is $10 with students admitted free. Proceeds will go, in part, to support the Harbor Springs High School Band Program. 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 open with the Harbor Springs High School Band performing Three Folk Miniatures by Andre Jutras and Scenario by Jared Spears conducted by Patrick Ruddy followed by the combined bands playing Father of Victory, a classic French march by Louis Ganne, conducted by Ralph Schweigert.

The NMiBB portion of the program will include the March from A Moorside Suite, an original composition for brass band by the great British composer, Gustav Holst; Little Suite for Brass, another major composition for brass band by another great British composer, Malcolm Arnold; Serenade by Derek Bourgeois; and Thunder and Lightning Polka by Johann Strauss, Jr. The concert will conclude with a medley of Glenn Miller tunes including Little Brown Jug, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade and St. Louis Blues March.

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.