August 13 Concert Information

Meet the Guest Artists

Today's Date August 4, 2000 -- St. Joseph Michigan

Director of the St. Joseph Municipal Band, Dr. Donald Moely, indicated the band concerts scheduled for Sunday at the John E. N. Howard Band Shell continue with the last half of the 2000 summer season on the August 13 double concerts at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m..

This Sunday concerts will feature the vocal sounds John Denver, performed by Steven Lehman, and a performance of the featured music ensemble “The Municipal Band Brass Quintet.”

STEVEN LEHMAN, was born and raised in Indiana, and presently resides in Osceola with his wife and four children.  He graduated from Elkhart High school.  He started singing in small groups (quartets, etc) when he was 17. It was always Christian music. Then in 1973, he joined a Campus Life group that did concerts in their region in which the first half of the concert was secular music, then the second half was Christian music. As the years went on Lehman was in groups that did concerts for banquets, various special events, and revivals.  His experiences have included recording studio work. He is a member of The Granger Community Church, Granger, Indiana, which which he did a CD last year.  As a performer he is busy singing at many weddings, funerals, and anniversary events.   Steven has been very active in the church, and all music programs of the church, and has been singing in church worship teams for over 20 years.  Some of the more popular songs made famous by John Denver that Mr. Lehman will sing will be “Annie’s Song,” and “Sunshine on my Shoulders,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and “Rocky Mountain High.”

THE MUNICIPAL BAND BRASS QUINTET is coordinated by BILL CAMP, formerly of Niles but presently is a professional trumpet player in Chicago.  He regularly performs with Chicago Classic Brass and has also performed in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, and at La Scala, Italy. CRAIG HEITGER, of South Bend, is principal trumpet of the Elkhart Symphony Orchestra and teaches private trumpet lessons for Bethel College, Indiana University South Bend, St. Mary’s College and in several public schools in the Michiana area.  JERRY LACKEY, has been a band director in the South Bend Community School Corporation since 1965 and is currently band/orchestra director at Clay Middle School in the South Bend Public Schools an he has been the Solo Tubist with the South Bend Symphony since 1966.  DEB SKIBA, of Bridgman, received her Bachelor of Music degree in horn performance from Western Michigan University, where she studied with Dr. John Pherigo and Dr. Paul Austin.  She is in her twelfth season with the Municipal Band, principal horn with the ELKHART Symphony, and has performed with various other ensembles in the area.  ALAN MITCHELL, trombonist, is an Assistant Professor of Music at Andrews University., where he is Director of Bands.  Mr. Mitchell has also served as clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator throughout the United Sates.  He is presently completing his Doctorate in Wind Conducting at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.   The brass quintet will perform as a middle of the band concert feature and will play “Allegro” from Water Music by G. F. Handel, “Questo E Quella” from Rigoletto by G. Verdi, “Tuxedo Junction,” by G. Miller, “Ticklin’ Toes,” by F. Price and “Hoe Cake,” by F. Prince.

The concert opens with a less common Sousa march “Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company March”.   A favorite overture by Franz Von Suppé, “Morning Noon and Night in Vienna,” will be included.  Other marches will consist of “Gridiron Club,” by John Philip Sousa, and “The Caravan Club March,” by Karl King.

The Concerts continue and the John E. N. Howard Band Shell on the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown St. Joseph each Sunday through September 3 and concluding with its final double concert series on Labor Day, Monday, September


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