We are excited to have Stephen Meyer, doctoral candidate from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance, as our Fall UMBAA Concert Band conductor again this session. We had a wonderful time with him during the past Winter session and look forward to have him lead us to another successful session and concert. Below is our tentative Fall and Winter rehearsal times and concert times.
We appreciated your understanding as we confirmed our timing with Huron High School and Skyline High School this session. The orchestra room in Skyline was under construction and so were waiting to hear if the band room would be cleared in time from the orchestra equipment or not for our first rehearsal. We have heard back and are all set now. We did determined to push back our start date by one week to Sept 15th. We also wanted to allow members to go to the Berlin Philharmonic concert at 4p on Nov 13th so we will be starting our concert 1 hour earlier than our usual time. Our concert will be at 2p and we will not have an intermission to end at 3p to allow members to drive to Hill auditorium is they would like.
Fall 2016 UMBAA Concert Band Dates:
Sept 15th - Nov 10th Thursday rehearsals in Skyline High School with a concert on Sunday Nov 13th at 2pm in Meyers Auditorium of Huron High School.
Still being revised by Stephen and will be sent with the other updates.
Winter 2017 UMBAA Concert Band Dates:
Jan 19th- Mar 23rd Thursday rehearsal in Skyline High School with concert on Sunday Mar 26th at 3pm in Meyers Auditorium at Huron High School.
Sousa: The Gallant Seventhx
Gillingham: Be Thou My Vision
Vaughan Williams/Stout: Linden Lea
Williams/Smith: Suite from Star Wars
Bilik: Victors Valiant
Plus, a possible concerto with an SMTD UMBAA scholarship recipient!
Our concert band will start rehearsals weekly on Thursday evenings from 7:30 - 9:30pm at Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple Road, Ann Arbor. The band room will be opened by 7p to give members time to warm up. Rehearsals will begin September 15th. To cover the expenses of the Concert Band there is a participation fee of $30 per session or $60 for the Fall and Winter sessions. The participation fee will be collected when you register online at the link above.
Registration is due by Sept 8th. Please pass the word onto your alumni friends that may not be on our e-mail list. It is easier to plan if we have a good head count and know what part you would like to play sooner rather than later.
Our UMBAA Concert Band holds 10 rehearsals culminating in a concert each session. Our group runs two sessions each year: fall and winter. Since the first session in the spring of 2009, our members have grown in musicianship, some having dusted off their instruments for the first time in years and have once again set up a chair and stand in the basement to practice daily. Others play in multiple community bands. The Concert Band plays everything from traditional concert band repertoire to pieces less familiar to many members. Why? Simple. The piece did not exist when they last played in a concert band!
If you are interested in becoming a member of the UMBAA Concert Band, we would love to have you join us! Our band welcomes players of all levels and abilities. The participation fee will be collected when you register online at the link above.
If you have any questions, please send an email to UMBAAconcertband@umich.edu.
Go Band and Blue!