News Release

For release during the week preceding May 4, 2014

NMiBB To Play At St. Anthony's Catholic Church In Mackinaw City

The Northern Michigan Brass Band (NMiBB) will present a Spring Concert as part of its ongoing series Something for Everyone on Sunday, May 4 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Mackinaw City beginning at 3:00 P.M. The program will feature brass players from the Mackinaw City High School Band joining NMiBB in a performance of Star Lake, a stirring march by British composer Eric Ball and conducted by Mackinaw City High School Band Director, Eric Klose. 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 Mackinaw City 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 also 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 a delightful miniature by Derek Bourgeois; A Little Prayer by Evelyn Glennie; Tico Tico by Zequinha Abreu; 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.