Marine Band at the 64th Annual Midwest Clinic
This week the Marine Band will participate in the 64th annual Midwest Clinic, offering two feature band performances as well as a chamber program and composer clinic discussion at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.
On Wednesday, Dec. 15, the Marine Band and members of Michigan State University (MSU) faculty will perform a chamber ensemble concert at 9 a.m. in the Skyline Ballroom W375AB. A Marine brass quintet will kick off the chamber program with Ira Taxin’s Fanfare and Clint Needhams’ Quintet for Brass. No.1. The MSU faculty will continue with Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Opus 15. A Marine clarinet ensemble will present Camille Saint-Saëns’ Marche militaire française arranged by Staff Sergeant Patrick Morgan, as well as Percy Grainger’s The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol and “Molly on the Shore,” arranged by staff arranger SSgt Ryan Nowlin.
That evening, the band will perform two concerts in the same ballroom at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Conducted by Col Michael J. Colburn, the program will include a tribute to the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird with a performance of former chief arranger Thomas Knox’s transcription. Former Marine Band principal trumpet and current member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, John Hagstrom (member of the band from 1989-96), will solo with the band, performing Laurence Bitensky’s Awake, You Sleepers!.
Awake, You Sleepers! is based on the calls associated with the blowing of the ancient shofar. Hagstrom is particularly passionate about the work because he collaborated with Bitensky on fine-tuning the dramatic elements of the piece. Another highlight of the program will be the première of a new work by Michael Gandolfi commissioned by the Marine Band.
At 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 16, American composer William Bolcom will discuss his First Symphony for Band (2008) in Skyline BallroomW375E. The work was commissioned by the Big Ten Band Directors’ Association and premièred by the University of Michigan Symphony Band under the direction of Michael Haithcock.
The session will provide a look into a symphony grounded in the youth and exuberance of band culture, which is younger than the “culture of orchestra” and historically more oriented to outdoor events and occasions. Throughout the discussion, the Marine Band will perform excerpts of the piece.
McCormick Place is located at 2301 South Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. Tickets for all events are managed by The Midwest Clinic. For more information call (847) 424-4163 or visit www.midwestclinic.org.