Went to a great concert last night in Battle Creek. The BBBC was in great form. Col Arnald Gabriel was the guest conductor and provided much inspiration to the musicans and packed auditorium alike. Cornets and Trumpets included Rich Kelly, principal,Lenny Foy, Rich Illman, Rodney Mack, Scott Thornburg, Mike Williams, Ken Baumann and Ed Zentera; Repiano-John Daniel, Fluegel: Jens ( the flasher) Lindemann, and Rex Richardson-Eb Soprano. Concert opened with the National Anthem Scott Thornburg played a beautiful rendition of "Sounds of the Hudson" with the band. Michigan State Fight song was played and a contributer/board member conducted to much appreciation from MSU fans, not so much with U of M. An extremely difficult arrangement of Rocky Point Holiday was impeccably done and I noted heroic soprano playing by Richardson. A beautiful and moving rendering of "Mansions of the Lord", starting with brass group, then full band, aided at the end by 2 pipers and drummers. A rollicking "Conga" was played to start the second half with many memorable solos and exchanges, "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans" , a Dennis Wilson arrangement , featured his vocals and trombone playing. South Rampart Street Parade followed featuring many solists. Finally, a fine performance of "Lincoln Portrait" followed narrated by Joseph Stewart of Battle Creek. An encore of The Liberty Bell march and America the Beautiful concluded a mimorable evening. Col Gabriel made the remark that the BBBC was the finest band he had conducted in his 62 yrs of conducting.