Northern Michigan Brass Band to play Sunday at bandshell

The Northern Michigan Brass Band will present an outdoor concert program as part of its ongoing series, “Something for Everyone,” this Sunday in the Bay View Park Bandshell. The program begins at 3 p.m.

Now in its 15th year of operation, NMiBB will perform a program of original and transcribed brass band music by Gustav Holst, Edward Gregson, Johann Strauss, George Gershwin and many others.

This free concert is being sponsored jointly by Thunder Bay Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Medilodge of Hillman, First Federal of Michigan, and Sandbar & Grill. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon of great brass band music.

According to NMiBB Conductor Ralph Schweigert, the idea of a series of programs based on the concept “Something for Everyone,” originates from the fact that not everyone listens to music in the same way.

“Some people listen with their heads, others with their hearts and still others with their feet,” Schweigert said. “I try to include music that will appeal to all these listening styles on any one program.”

The program will include “Prelude for an Occasion” by Edward Gregson; the March from “A Moorside Suite” by British composer Gustav Holst; “A Little Prayer” by Evelyn Glennie; “Father of Victory,” a classic French march by Louis Ganne; “Star Lake March” by Eric Ball; “Fascinating Rhythm: by George Gershwin; “Thunder and Lightning” Polka by Johann Strauss; marches by Carl Tieke and D.W. Reeves; and a couple of Latin jazz pieces.

Center in Gaylord, the all-volunteer NMiBB has attracted enthusiastic adult brass players from across northern Michigan from Alpena to Traverse City and north to Mackinaw City, including Petoskey, Charlevoix, Bellaire, Interlochen, East Jordan, Beulah and Gaylord.

Since the band was organized in January 1999, it has presented more than 80 concerts in various venues throughout Michigan.

For more information about the band in general and this concert in particular, visit

NMiBB is a 501(c)(3) organization and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.