Negaunee City Band to play first concert

NEGAUNEE — Director Lucas Wickstrom has announced the program for the Negaunee City Band’s first concert of the summer season to be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Outdoor Performing Arts Center at the east end of Iron Street. Some seating is available, but attendees may wish to bring their own chairs.

The concert is entitled “School Spirit!” and celebrates some of the music played by our local school bands this spring as well as other standard pieces in the middle and high school repertoire. As a tribute to some of those local schools, the band will play fight songs of Northern Michigan University, and Negaunee, Ishpeming, Westwood, Superior Central and Gwinn high schools.

The opening number, “Impact,” delivers intense percussion and driving rhythms, while another dramatic selection is “Celebration and Tribute.” “Again We Rise” is described as a beautiful, lyrical work, while “In the Forest of the King” features several traditional French folksongs.

“Selections from Moana” is a medley including “How Far I’ll Go,” “We Know the Way,” “Where You Are,” and “You’re Welcome.” A special number is the Norwegian march, “Valdres.”

Final numbers on the program are “Antares,” a joyous, vibrant overture, and “Adrenaline Engines,” which is described as an industrial sound combined with a rock and jazz sensibility.

The program will conclude with the traditional “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” with its popular Dixieland-style arrangement.


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