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Local Interest
The Cereal City Concert Band celebrates 30 years of performing!
The Cereal City Concert Band (CCCB) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization which consists of over 50 members, ranging from the ages of 17 to 80. The ensemble is comprised of musi- cians from the Battle Creek community and its surrounding areas. The band is led by Dr. Stephen White, who is a music ed- ucator, accomplished organist and skilled conductor. He is currently the music di- rector at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Battle Creek.
The origin of this group was derived from a government agency initiative to play for internal Federal Center func- tions. The group was started in Decem- ber 1987 by fourteen employees (led by Paul Reid) from various government agencies, playing simple Christmas Car- ols at lunchtime. The band grew and be- came known as Uncle Sam’s Band. The original band played 26 engagements in their first year together, including Change of Command ceremonies, retirements, picnics, and lunchtime concerts for spe- cial occasions such as Veteran’s Day.
In July 1992, the band reorganized as a non-profit organization, complete with a board of directors and by-laws and fo- cused on Battle Creek community service events. After several name changes, we became the present Cereal City Concert Band (CCCB).
We are honored to be asked to perform for various community service events, such as 1999 Sojourner Truth Monument Dedication, 2003 Centennial Celebra- tion of Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center, 2009 100th Fighter Wing A-10 Farewell Celebration at the Air National Guard Base, the Tuskegee Airmen Program at
W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, as well as the Armed Forces Day Luncheons, Memorial Day programs at the Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Veterans Day programs at the VA Medical Center, and Leilapalooza.
Throughout the years, we have per- formed at various venues in the Battle Creek area, including many schools, churches, and auditoriums. We’ve con- ducted a couple of fundraiser concerts – in 2012 to help the Pennfield Marching Band perform in the Washington DC Me- morial Day Parade and in 2014 to help the First United Methodist Church with their Boiler repair. We have also performed in Adult Community Band Festivals such as Red Cedar in Okemos and Bands on the Grand in Grand Rapids.
We have a partnership agreement with Kellogg Community College which pro- vides us with a performance venue and access to their extensive music library. We also receive music support from area high schools and Albion College. We are members of the Battle Creek and Marshall Chambers of Commerce, and the Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan.
Many of our members have a life-long passion for performing and play in nu- merous ensembles. In addition to putting a spotlight on our own members for solo performances, we occasionally bring in guest soloists. And we have three original members of Uncle Sam’s Band who still perform with us!
None of this would be possible with- out the generous support of the commu- nity. Throughout the years, we have re- ceived funding support from the United Arts Council, Arts & Industry Council, Non-Profit Alliance, Binda Foundation,
Feldpaush Foundation, Women Who Care, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), Battle Creek Com- munity Foundation, Kohl’s Associates in Action, Miller Foundation, the Marshall Community Foundation, as well as many businesses and individual donors.
We have recently been asked to per- form for the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” ceremony at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base on October 27, 2017. This event is sponsored by Michigan Senate Majority Floor Lead- er Mike Kowall and Sen. Mike Nofs in conjunction with the 110th Attack Wing, BCANG Base. This formal Vietnam vet- eran lapel pinning ceremony is in com- memoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war and one way to declare that... “We remember, we are grateful, and we thank you and your family for your sac- rifice on behalf of our state and nation.” South Haven native, Vietnam veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Spc 5 James C. McCloughan will perform the National Anthem.
The following day, on October 28th, we perform our Fall Concert, “Of Coasts and Heartlands-An American Musical Tapestry, at KCC Binda Theatre, 7pm. This concert will feature the broad va- riety of the American wind genre – from patriotic marches to great overtures and music for the theatrical stage. Our re- maining concerts for the year include our Christmas Concert, “Home for the Holidays” on Sunday, December 10th, at 3pm; our Winter Concert, “Transfor- mations” on Saturday, February 24th at 7pm; and our Spring Concert, “Take Flight” on Saturday, April 28th at 7pm – all held at KCC Binda Theatre for Per- forming Arts.
We need your support! If you would like to be a donor or for more informa- tion about the band, please go to our web- site at www.cerealcityconcertband.org or email us cccb@cerealcityconcertband. org. You can also support us by shopping at Amazon Smile and designating us as your charity to support. And LIKE our Facebook page: The Cereal City Concert Band.
Written by Heather Lane-Fowler who is a Board Member/Treasurer and an original member of Uncle Sam’s Band.
BY HEATHER LANE-FOWLER
FALL
Sat., Oct. 28, 7pm
Conducted by
Dr. Stephen White
$10 Adults /
$5 Students & Seniors
at the door.
OF COASTS AND HEARTLANDS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL TAPESTRY
CONCERT
 KCCBindaTheatreforPerformingArts
450 North Ave, Battle Creek
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