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Medina Community Band

(Celebrating 159 years of community service)

Thursday, January 11th, 2018 - Volume 44, Number 19

 

 

Good morning all –

 

Our next rehearsal will be our ‘dress rehearsal’ for the Friday, January 19th performance and will take place in the Highland High School Auditorium on Wednesday, January 17th.  Please plan on arriving a bit early to insure that your set-up is as you desire.  My plans are to run spots the first half of rehearsal beginning with “Bugler’s Holiday.”  Once we have finished ‘spots,’ or at 7:45p, whichever comes first, we’ll take our break, return, and run the program, hopefully without stop!

 

John Connors will be working with percussion and set-up to insure that the stage is as we need.

 

For Friday, we should report to the black box to leave our coats. Please do not leave any valuables in the black box!  John and I will attempt to see if we can secure the room so you can leave your instruments in that space; otherwise, you’ll have to take them (probably in their cases) to the auditorium for the first half of the program.  Following University Heights, the set-up crew will reset the stage, MCB will get their instruments and report to the stage – we’ll have a very quick warm-up and begin the concert.

 

University Heights will have their home room in the ensemble room that the Highland Wind Ensemble rehearses in during the day then report directly to the stage for their warm-up.  They will present their half of the program first.  While more complete information will be provided in next week’s newsletter, the following will represent timelines:

 

Friday, January 19th, 2018

 

Dress – concert black

Arrival time – 6:45p in seats in the black box

Move to Auditorium, seating on your own – 7:15p – John and I will attempt to have information if you will need to take your instruments or it if is safe to leave them in the room.

Concert begins – 7:30p

Intermission and MCB set-up – 7:45p

MCB portion of program – 8p

Concert Ends – 8:45p

 

Looking ahead.  There will be a rehearsal the Wednesday following the concert (Wednesday, January 24th) at Highland High School.  We will move our rehearsals to the middle school on Wednesday, February 7th and 14th. Please mark your calendars.  Be advised that there will be a junior high/middle school basketball tournament taking place on Wednesday, February 7th, so parking will be a challenge.

 

If I’ve missed anything, or left something out, we will make additions/corrections on Wednesday at rehearsal and a final timeline will be included in Thursday’s newsletter.

 

 

Play list for Winter Concert:

 

“Die Frau Meisterin Overture” (von Suppé/Laurendeau)

“Kentucky Sunrise” (King)

“Madam Butterfly - Lakmé: Flower Song” (Delibes/Curnow) – Amy Muhl and Mary Ann Grof-Neiman, soloists

“L 'Encore” (Herbert/McCain) – Amy Muhl and Mary Ann Grof-Neiman, soloists

“Bugler’s Holiday” (Anderson) – James Fry, Richard Lindemeyer, and Kevin Wallick, cornet soloists

“Purple Pageant” (King) – Vicki Smith, conducting

“El baile de Luis Alonso” (Giménez/Haeck)

“Stars and Stripes Forever” (Sousa)

ENCORE – “Sleigh Ride” (Anderson)

 

See you next Wednesday at the high school - Marcus





 

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Medina Community Band

(Celebrating 159 years of community service)

Thursday, January 4th, 2017 - Volume 44, Number 18

 

 

Good afternoon all –

 

Our next rehearsal will be in the band room of Highland High School, January 10th, 7p!

 

The rehearsal will follow the same format as last night’s rehearsal – working on spots the first half and running the program second half.  I’ll attempt to do a better job of ‘not stopping’ and making sure that we are able to run the entire program.  It will be a push (or as the British say, “a blow,” so be prepared!

 

As I stated last night, at this point, I encourage you to get on YouTube to listen to these pieces to better hear the totality of each piece, not just your part!  

 

Play list for Winter Concert:

 

“Die Frau Meisterin Overture” (von Suppé/Laurendeau)

“Kentucky Sunrise” (King)

“Madam Butterfly - Lakmé: Flower Song” (Delibes/Curnow) – Amy Muhl and Mary Ann Grof-Neiman, soloists

“L 'Encore” (Herbert/McCain) – Amy Muhl and Mary Ann Grof-Neiman, soloists

“Bugler’s Holiday” (Anderson) – James Fry, Richard Lindemeyer, and Kevin Wallick, cornet soloists

“Purple Pageant” (King) – Vicki Smith, conducting

“El baile de Luis Alonso” (Giménez/Haeck)

“Stars and Stripes Forever” (Sousa)

ENCORE – “Sleigh Ride” (Anderson)

 

See you next Wednesday at the high school - Marcus




 

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Medina Community Band

(Celebrating 159 years of community service)

Thursday, December 28th, 2017 - Volume 44, Number 17

 

 

Good morning all –

 

Both Mary Ann and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you the most joyous New Year!

 

A reminder, the first rehearsal of the 2018 season will be on Wednesday, January 3rd in the band room at Highland High School. Our Winter Concert (Exchange Concert with University Heights Symphonic Band) will be on Friday, January 19th, at 7:30p in the auditorium of Highland High School, we will have three rehearsals to finalize preparation for that concert!

 

Rehearsals through the week of the concert will be structured to hit spots on the various selections and then begin running the entire program, start to finish, from about 8:20p until 9p.  

 

Sue McLaughlin has asked me to remind you that the Medina Community Band Association annual meeting will take place during the break of the rehearsal on Wednesday, January 3rd, with Wednesday, January 10th as our back-up in case of the rehearsal being weathered out! Section leaders will be distributing membership forms to you on the 3rd.

 

Play list for Winter Concert:

 

“Die Frau Meisterin Overture” (von Suppé/Laurendeau)

“Kentucky Sunrise” (King)

“Madam Butterfly - Lakmé: Flower Song” (Delibes/Curnow) – Amy Muhl and Mary Ann Grof-Neiman, soloists

“L 'Encore” (Herbert/McCain) – Amy Muhl and Mary Ann Grof-Neiman, soloists

“Bugler’s Holiday” (Anderson) – James Fry, Richard Lindemeyer, and Kevin Wallick, cornet soloists

“Purple Pageant” (King) – Vicki Smith, conducting

“El baile de Luis Alonso” (Giménez/Haeck)

“Stars and Stripes Forever” (Sousa)

ENCORE – “Sleigh Ride” (Anderson)

 

See you on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018, at the high school - Marcus



 

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Medina Community Band

(Celebrating 159 years of community service)

Thursday, December 13th, 2017 - Volume 44, Number 16

Good morning all –

 

About 20 minutes after we made the decision to cancel this evening’s rehearsal, the Highland Local Schools made the decision to cancel all evening activities – guess we made the right call!

 

A reminder, there will be no rehearsals on Wednesday, December 20th or Wednesday, December 27th! The first rehearsal of the 2018 season will be on Wednesday, January 3rd in the band room at Highland High School. 

Our Winter Concert (Exchange Concert with University Heights Symphonic Band) will be on Friday, January 19th, at 7:30p in the auditorium of Highland High School, we will have three rehearsals to finalize preparation for that concert!

 

Sue McLaughlin has asked me to remind you that the Medina Community Band Association annual meeting will take place during the break of the rehearsal on Wednesday, January 3rd, with Wednesday, January 10th as our back-up in case of the rehearsal being weathered out!  Section leaders will be distributing membership forms to you on the 3rd.

 

Play list for Winter Concert:

 

“Die Frau Meisterin Overture” (von Suppé/Laurendeau) 

“Kentucky Sunrise” (King)

“Madam Butterfly - Lakmé: Flower Song” (Delibes/Curnow) – Amy Muhl and Mary Ann Grof-Neiman, soloists

“L 'Encore” (Herbert/McCain) – Amy Muhl and Mary Ann Grof-Neiman, soloists

“Bugler’s Holiday” (Anderson) – James Fry, Richard Lindemeyer, and Kevin Wallick, cornet soloists

“Purple Pageant” (King) – Vicki Smith, conducting

“El baile de Luis Alonso” (Giménez/Haeck)

“Stars and Stripes Forever” (Sousa) 

ENCORE – “Sleigh Ride” (Anderson)

 

Both Mary Ann and I would like to thank all of your for your hard work and support!  We wish you all a happy, healthy, and joyous holiday season!  

 

See you on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018, at the high school - Marcus



 

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Medina Community Band 

(Celebrating 159 years of community service)

Thursday, December 7th, 2017 - Volume 44, Number 15

 

Good morning all –

 

Thanks to Vicki Smith for taking the baton last night!

 

Will be rehearsing at Highland Middle School next week, Wednesday, December 13th.  There will be no rehearsals on Wednesday, December 20th or Wednesday, December 27th!  The first rehearsal of the 2018 season will be on Wednesday, January 3rd in the band room at Highland High School. Our Winter Concert (Exchange Concert with University Heights Symphonic Band) will be on Friday, January 19th, at 7:30p in the auditorium of Highland High School, we will have three rehearsals to finalize preparation for that concert!

 

We will run the ensembles with soloists on the 13th!

 

Play list for Winter Concert:

 

“Die Frau Meisterin Overture” (von Suppé/Laurendeau) – Academy of St. Marks in the Field – Sir Neville Marriner, conducting

“Kentucky Sunrise” (King) – Los Angles Pierce College Symphonic Winds – Stephen Kent Goodman, guest conductor

“Madam Butterfly - Lakmé: Flower Song” (Delibes/Curnow) – Eastern Iowa Brass Band – Joshua Thompson, conductor*

“L 'Encore” (Herbert/McCain) – The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra – Rick Benjamin, conductor

“Bugler’s Holiday” (Anderson) – United States Army Field Band

“Purple Pageant” (King) – United States Marine Band

“El baile de Luis Alonso” (Giménez/Haeck) – United States Marine Band

“Stars and Stripes Forever” (Sousa) – United States Marine Band

 

We will also run “Sleigh Ride” at the end of rehearsal in celebration of the holiday season!

 

 

* please note that there are many recordings of this piece; however, the EIBB recording is of the

Curnow arrangements. You are encouraged to listen to any of the fine orchestra recordings with vocal soloists.

 

See you on Wednesday, December 13th, at the middle school - Marcus


 

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Medina Community Band (Celebrating 159 years of community service)

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 - Volume 44, Number 14

 

Good morning all –

 

Lots of progress last night!  We are moving in the right direction.

 

Some thoughts!

 

Where we are – where we need to be!  If my math is correct, we have six more rehearsals until the Winter Concert.  Assuming that we aren’t ‘weathered out’ that is!  My goal is to push as hard as possible through the end of December to get notes, rhythms, balance/blend worked out.  As many of you can hear, we simply all aren’t on the same page here and the only way to resolve that is to ‘work on the parts.’  This is never comfortable; however, I must tell you that it’s taking less time every concert to get through this part of the process.  That will allow the entire month of January, until the concert, to work on interpretation and musicality.   That’s the fun part!  

 

We must move away from ‘playing notes’ toward ‘playing as an ensemble and playing with musical sensitivity!’  As you learn the notes/rhythms, it becomes easier to play with musical sensitivity and listen to those around you.  Again, know that it’s a process and a long race, not a sprint!  I feel that the need to really spend time on the accompaniment for the ensembles has been long due. Making the arrangements true to the composer’s desires, and not necessarily the arrangers’ demands is often challenging and I struggle with authenticity.  Yet, we are making progress. 

 

The need to listen to quality recordings of what we will play! Now that you have played through the program and (for the most part) everyone knows the notes/rhythms, it’s time to step back and listen to what these pieces actually sound like.  I encourage you to take some time, listen to the pieces on YouTube, with your music, and listen to how your part ‘fits’ with the ensemble.  I’m uncertain if the PDF copy of this email on the webpage will allow you to access the link, so I’ll give you as much information as possible.

 

Know how very pleased (and proud) I am of the progress you are making.  And, know that your efforts, time and attention to learning the parts is greatly appreciated.

 

Our next rehearsal will be on Wednesday, December 6th, in the band room of Highland High School. We will continue working on the music for the Winter Concert!

 

Play list for Winter Concert:

 

“Die Frau Meisterin Overture” (von Suppé/Laurendeau) – Academy of St. Marks in the Field – Sir Neville Marriner, conducting

“Kentucky Sunrise” (King) – Los Angles Pierce College Symphonic Winds – Stephen Kent Goodman, guest conductor

“Madam Butterfly - Lakmé: Flower Song” (Delibes/Curnow) – Eastern Iowa Brass Band – Joshua Thompson, conductor*

“L 'Encore” (Herbert/McCain) – The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra – Rick Benjamin, conductor

“Bugler’s Holiday” (Anderson) – United States Army Field Band

“El baile de Luis Alonso” (Giménez/Haeck) – United States Marine Band

“Stars and Stripes Forever” (Sousa) – United States Marine Band

 

         * please note that there are many recordings of this piece; however, the EIBB recording is of the Curnow arrangements. You are encouraged to listen to any of the fine orchestra recordings with vocal soloists.

 

 

See you on Wednesday, December 6th - Marcus


 

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Medina Community Band (Celebrating 159 years of community service)

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 - Volume 44, Number 13

 

Good morning all –

  

Both Mary Ann and I wish all of you, and your families with a happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time with family and friends!

 

Our next rehearsal will be on Wednesday, November 29th, in the band room of Highland High School. We will continue working on the music for the Winter Concert!

 

See you on Wednesday, November 29th - Marcus


Marcus L. Neiman
Conductor - Medina Community Band