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Musical variety to delight band festival concertgoers

August 4, 2014
Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Upper Peninsula Community Band Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Presque Isle Band Shell will involve performances by three bands: The Negaunee City Band, with Keith Lawson as conductor; The Marquette City Band with Stephen Grugin as conductor, Matthew Ludwig as guest conductor and Lexie Signor, guest trumpet soloist; and the Festival Concert Band.

Marquette City Band director Grugin shared via email this information about the musical performance.

"Lexie will be playing the first movement of the 'Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major' by Joseph Haydn. Concerto per il Clarino, (Hob.: VIIe/1) (Trumpet Concerto in E flat major) was written in 1796 for his long-time friend Anton Weidinger. Joseph Haydn was 64 years of age."

Lexie Signor is a graduate of Northern Michigan University where she received a bachelor's degree in music education, Grugin said.

After a few years as a public school music teacher in Onaway, Michigan, she went on to the University of Missouri and earned master's degrees in trumpet performance and jazz performance and pedagogy. She is now working on a doctorate in music performance at Indiana University in Bloomington where she is concentrating in trumpet and jazz performance.

"In addition to an active career as a soloist and clinician, Signor leads a contemporary New Orleans-style brass band, The Atomic Dog Brass Band, and has performed and recorded with many well-known jazz musicians including most recently Robin Eubanks, Byron Stripling, Bob Sheppard and Wayne Wallace," Grugin shared. "Lexie Signor is a Marcinkiewicz Performing Artist."

As for The Festival Concert Band - comprised mostly of musicians from community bands from various different places - along with some members of the Negaunee City Band and the Marquette City Band - Grugin will be conducting this combined band, and Lawson will be the guest conductor.

"For the Festival Concert Band's performance, the following music will be on the program," Grugin said. "Many of the pieces will be familiar to the guest instrumentalists and fun to play. The music selections should be very enjoyable for the audience to listen to."

The songs are: "Second Suite in F for Military Band," Gustav Holst; "Pas Redouble," Camille Saint-Saens; "Italian in Algiers Overture," Gioachino Rossini; "Amparito Roca," Jaime Texidor; "An American Spectacular," arranged by Chris Sharp; "Music of the Beatles," arranged by Michael Sweeney; and "The Stars and Stripes Forever," John Philip Sousa.



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