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4/24/2013 10:55:00 PM
Northern Michigan Brass Band to perform in Harbor Springs
Northern Michigan Brass Band (Courtesy photo)
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Northern Michigan Brass Band (Courtesy photo)
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The Northern Michigan Brass Band will present a joint concert with the Harbor Springs High School Band as part of its ongoing "Something for Everyone" series on Sunday, May 5, at the Performing Arts Center in Harbor Springs.

The program, featuring both ensembles performing separately and together, will begin at 3 p.m.

Now in its 13th year of operation, the Northern Michigan Brass Band will perform a program of original and transcribed brass band music by Edward Gregson, Zo Elliot, Karl King, Carl Höhne, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Neal Hefti and The Beatles.

The featured soloist on brass band's portion of the program will be Dr. Edward R. Bahr, Brass Band principal euphonium and professor emeritus of low brass at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. General admission is $10 with students admitted free. Proceeds will go to support the Harbor Springs High School Band. Tickets will be available at the door.

According to Brass Band conductor, Ralph Schweigert, the concept for the "Something for Everyone," programs originated with the idea that everyone listens to music in different ways. "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 combined bands, conducted by Harbor Springs High School Band Director Patrick Ruddy, will perform Flourish for Wind Band, a lyrical fanfare by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Rough Riders, an exciting American circus march by Karl King. The brass and percussion sections of the high school band will then join the Northern Michigan Brass Band for a performance of British Eighth March by Zo Elliott led by Mr. Schweigert.

The Brass Band's portion of the program will include with The Champions, a stirring British march by G.H.Wilcox; Variations on Laudate Dominum, an original composition for brass band by British composer Edward Gregson; Slavische Fantasie by Höhne featuring euphonium soloist Edward R. Bahr; España Cañi, a Spanish paso doble by Marquina; the Overture to South Pacific by Richard Rodgers and a couple of swing era jazz pieces popularized by Count Basie and Frank Sinatra.

Based in Gaylord, the all-volunteer Northern Michigan Brass Band has attracted enthusiastic adult brass players from Alpena to Traverse City 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 70 concerts in various venues throughout Michigan. This will be the Brass Band's first appearance in Harbor Springs.

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