April 2016 Press Release:
A PREMIER PERFORMANCE BY THE MARQUETTE CITY BAND!
The Marquette City Band, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Grugin, will present a concert called “Something New – Something Blue” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette. Although the band has given concerts for over a century in a variety of Marquette area locations, this will be the first time the band has ever played at Kaufman Auditorium, Marquette’s largest music performance venue.
The program will include several features certain to please the audience. Talented Marquette Senior High School student, Eric Banitt, will play the piano favorite “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin, accompanied by the band. In addition, Marquette native and nationally known jazz singer, Kirsten Gustafson, will sing “Blue Moon” by Rodgers and Hart as well as other show tunes by Gershwin, including “Summertime,” and “Love Is Here to Stay.” The band’s new percussion instruments, purchased through a grant from the Cliffs and Eagle Mine Marquette County Community Fund, will be highlighted in Clifton Williams’ “Symphonic Dance 3#: Fiesta!” Among the other enjoyable music on the concert will be “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from the recent movie.
Admission is free, as is the tradition of the Marquette City Band, but donations are encouraged. The band members are outstanding area instrumentalists supported by the City of Marquette along with contributions and grants from their audiences and benefactors. They play a series of concerts in the parks each summer, and have recently added winter and spring performances. Further information is available online at http://www.marquettecityband.com and http://www.facebook.com/mqtcityband.