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Northern Michigan Brass Band returns

April 23, 2012
The Alpena News

The Northern Michigan Brass Band will present Spring Concert - Something for Everyone III this Sunday at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Alpena. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the familiar venue.

Now in its 13th year of operation, this 28-piece, British-style ensemble will perform a program of brass band music by Paul Dukas, Raphael Mendez, Edvard Grieg, Camille Saint-Saens, Leroy Anderson, Gustav Holst, Richard Eilenberg, Jaime Texidor, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and John Philip Sousa. Admission is by donation.

When planning a program, NMiBB Conductor Ralph Schweigert said he tries to remember that not everyone listens to music in the same way.

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"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 include a wide variety of repertoire beginning with the powerful "Fanfare" from "La Peri" by Dukas and followed by "Mars, The Bringer of War" from "The Planets" by Holst.

Other featured selections will include "The Last Spring," one of the beautiful elegiac melodies by Grieg; "La Virgen de la Macarena," a virtuoso piece by Mendez featuring trumpet soloist Ted Pall; "Amparito Roca," a Spanish paso doble by Texidor; and "A Tribute to Lionel," a salute to the great jazz vibes player Lionel Hampton featuring Gaylord High School senior Chelsea Bertagnoli as soloist.

Rounding out the program are "Marche Militaire Francaise" by Saint-Saens; "Serenata" by Anderson; "Petersburg Sleigh Ride," a spirited Viennese galop by Eilenberg; "Troika" from "Lt. Kije" by Prokofiev; and three classic Beatles tunes, "A Hard Day's Night," "Yesterday" and "Hey Jude."

The all-volunteer NMiBB has attracted enthusiastic adult brass players from across northern Michigan from Alpena to Traverse City and from Clare to Mackinaw City. NMiBB rehearses twice a month at the Concord Community and Montessori School, a public charter school located in Alba.

The current active membership comes from many walks of life and includes several current and retired band directors, doctors, secretaries, lawyers, teachers, coaches, school administrators and former military bandsmen. Since the band was organized in January 1999, it has presented over 80 concerts in various venues throughout Northern Michigan.

For more information about the band or this program, visit The concert is being sponsored in part by CMU Public Radio.



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