Brass Band of Battle Creek

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  1. MFfan

    MFfan Fortissimo User

    Sep 13, 2006
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    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.
  2. Bloomin Untidy Musician

    Bloomin Untidy Musician Piano User

    Jan 14, 2008
    I would love to hear this band one time. This is a group of seriously hot musicians.
  3. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

    May 11, 2005
    Metro Detroit
    Mike Williams sent me this for Saturday's concert. He is subbing for Chris Jaudes

    Mike and Jens became best friends at this concert!

    March 2009
    Col. Arnald Gabriel, Conductor
    Eflat Cornet
    Rex Richardson Professor of Trumpet, VCU
    Bflat Cornets
    Leonard Foy Professor of Trumpet, DePauw University
    Rich Kelley Trumpet, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Chris Jaudes Professor of Jazz Trumpet, The Juilliard School/Mike Williams-Lead trumpet Count Basie Band
    Rich Illman Professor of Trumpet, Michigan State University
    Scott Thornburg Professor of Trumpet, Western Michigan University
    Ed Zentera Professor of Trumpet, Kellogg Community College, ret
    Ken Bauman Professor of Music, Spring Arbor University, ret.
    Rodney Mack Principal Trumpet, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
    Repiano Cornet
    John Daniel Professor of Trumpet, Lawrence Conservatory of Music
    Flugel Horn
    Jens Lindemann Professor of Trumpet, UCLA
    Eflat Tenor Horn
    Martin Armstrong Freelance Tenor Horn, Manchester, England
    Adam Unsworth Professor of Horn, University of Michigan
    Lisa Bontrager Professor of Horn, Penn State University
    Demondrae Thurman Professor of Euphonium, University of Alabama
    Gail Roberston Professor of Euphonium, University of Central Florida
    Scott Hartman Professor of Trombone, Yale University
    Dennis Wilson Professor of Trombone, University of Michigan
    Bass Trombone
    Mark Frost Opera North, Leeds, England
    Steve Mead Professor of Euphonium, Royal Northern College, U.K.
    Matt Tropman Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Marine Band, ret
    Dave Zerkel Professor of Tuba, University of Georgia
    Phil Sinder Professor of Tuba, Michigan State University
    Marty Erickson Professor of Tuba, Lawrence Conservatory of Music
    Les Neish Principal Eb Bass, Fodens Band, England
    Alison Shaw Professor of Percussion, University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh
    Harold Summey Principal Drum Set, U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own)
    Dave Coash Percussionist, The Florida Orchestra
    John Beck Artist/Faculty North Carolina School of the Arts
  4. MFfan

    MFfan Fortissimo User

    Sep 13, 2006
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Thanks for posting the whole program. I was too lazy. Nice group of guys. I talked to Scott Hartman awhile at intermission concerning he and Sarah I's growing little girl. Every time Jens comes out to play something, he opens his tux jacket, which has a blood red lining. That's expected and always gets a reaction from the crowd. They have played on the KCB programs twice, in 03 and 07 and were big hits each time. There was also an excellent piano player, Ron DiSalvo freelance from Homer, Mi who played on Do you Know......? and Conga.

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