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Courtesy Julie Giroux

On Wednesday, January 20th, at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, a 1st will be taking place. The first piece by a woman composer to be played during the inauguration ceremony itself.  The Marine Band has been playing every inauguration back through Thomas Jefferson. Their current conductor and commander, Col. Jason K. Fettig selected Julie Giroux’s “Integrity Fanfare and March” to be played as Kamala Harris walks up to the podium. But as Giroux told me the evening before the ceremony, her memory needed to be jogged.

Coast Guard Band
Courtesy / U.S. Coast Guard / PA2 Richard Brahm

The U.S. Coast Guard Band is touring the Great Lakes this summer.  On Wednesday, the ensemble co-founded by legendary march king John Phillip Sousa is giving a free concert at Okemos High School.

 

Editor’s Note: This is a free event, but tickets are required.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Okemos High School.  Register for tickets here.


Jamie Paisley

This Friday, the Meridian Community Band will play a concert of All-American composers. One of those composers, will be playing in the percussion section, after he’s finished going to High School in DeWitt. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley got to meet a remarkable 16 year old yesterday: Ancel Neeley, but everybody calls him 'Fitz.'


Jamie Paisley

Tuesday night, January 31st, the MSU Wind Symphony presents a concert of American composers at the Wharton Center. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with the man who leads the ensemble about to perform two pieces of music centered on periods of American strife: The Civil War & 9/11.


Everett High Band to perform at DC Inauguration

Jan 19, 2017
Members of the Everett band warming up in their band room
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

WKAR's Katie Cook visits the final rehearsal at the school before the band makes the trip to Washington D.C.

 


courtesy of Jeff Swensen

Cello Fury, a Pittsburgh rock band featuring three classically trained cellists and a drummer, combine their sounds to form a unique, progressive style.