We are excited to have Steve Meyer, doctoral candidate from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance, as our Winter UMBAA Concert Band conductor. We look forward to have him lead us to a successful session and concert. Returning as our director from last year, Steve Meyer spent the fall as Visiting Director of Bands/Assistant Professor at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam (NY). Steve is back to finish his degree this winter and will conduct the group again during this, his final semester.
Winter 2018 UMBAA Concert Band Dates:
Thursdays 7:30 - 9:30pm
January 18th - March 8th
Skyline High School Bandroom
Sunday March 11th - 3pm - Huron High School Auditorium
1 p.m. arrive
1:30 dress rehearsal - time approx: starts as soon as we are set up
2:30 house opens
de Meij: Symphony No. 1 "The Lord of the Rings", 1st movement "Gandalf"
Morricone: "Gabriel's Oboe" from The Mission with Emily Kirven, soloist
McBeth: Of Sailors and Whales
Mozart: Flute Concerto in G, 1st movement with Sally Freese, soloist
Press: Wedding Dance
John Williams: Suite from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
Elbel, Louis: The Victors
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 14th.
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 Jan 12th. 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 Blue and Yuba!