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February 02, 2011 Spring 2011 News and Notes

Brass Band of Battle Creek celebrates 20 years with Spring Concert Spring Concert to be held at WK Kellogg Auditorium Saturday, March 26, at 8 p.m.

Brass Band of Battle Creek Celebrates 20 Years with Spring Concert


The Brass Band of Battle Creek will present its Spring concert at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium March 26, 2011 at 8 p.m.  The Spring concert will be the finale to a year long 20th anniversary celebration.   The guest conductor is Constantine Kitsopoulos, music director of the Queens Symphony and general director of the Chatham Opera.  Constantine Kitsopoulos is also known for conducting operas and symphonies in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Royal Albert Hall.  


The Brass Band of Battle Creek will feature favorite selections from the past twenty years of performances in Battle Creek including “Manhattan”, “Over the Rainbow”, “Hymn for Diana”, and “Well, Git It” by Battle Creek native Sy Oliver.   Soloists for this concert include Woody English on cornet, Jens Lindemann on soprano cornet, Chris Jaudes and Rex Richardson on trumpet and Wycliffe Gordon on trombone.  Don’t be surprised if other artists jump in the spotlight during songs such as “Czardas” and “South Rampart Street Parade”. 


The Brass Band of Battle Creek will also be playing the world premier of a march written especially for the BBBC and named by a Calhoun county elementary school student.  The BBBC will also be awarding its first ever $1000 college scholarship to a Calhoun County graduating senior aspiring to major in music performance or music education during their college career.    For more information on the naming contest and scholarship application visit


Tickets are available online HERE.  Beginning March 1st tickets will be available at the Battle Creek/Calhoun County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Love Vintage Guitars in downtown Marshall or online at  Tickets are $29 and $39 for reserved seating.  General admission tickets are $16.  Student tickets are $7.  To learn more about the 2011 concert series and upcoming events, visit or follow us on Facebook.

Did you know? We hold open rehearsals?

Did you know that the band arrives two days before the concert and uses those two days as rehearsal?  Did you know that the rehearsals are open to the public?  

If you would like to view rehearsal, you are welcome to join us Thursday, March 24th, or Friday, March 25th,  4-5:30 p.m. or 7-8:00 p.m. at the W.K. Kellogg Auditorium in Battle Creek, Michigan.  

If you are a band director we encourage you to bring a group of students to watch rehearsal.  It is a great learning experience and a great opportunity to see the musicians in action!

If you have any questions about attending rehearsal, please call Executive Director Jennifer Rupp at 269-789-BBBC or email her at

We hope to see you at rehearsals and at the concert!

Brass Band of Battle Creek announces $1000 college scholarship to be awarded $1000 college scholarship to be awarded at Spring concert

The Brass Band of Battle Creek is a collection of the best musicians and professors the world has to offer.  Professors that call the Brass Band of Battle Creek home hail from Royal Northern College (England), Juilliard, Manhattan School of Jazz, UCLA, Penn State, University of Alabama, University of Central Florida, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Georgia, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and Michigan State University, just to name a few!! 

With a mission to bring joy, understanding and inspiration to others through the power of music the BBBC feels that youth musicians are critical to fulfilling that purpose.  To help the youth musicians of today fulfill their dreams the Brass Band of Battle Creek will be awarding a $1000 college scholarship to a Calhoun County graduating high school senior who plans to major in music performance or music education.  The scholarship winner will also be invited to play with the Brass Band of Battle Creek at the March 26, 2011 concert at WK Kellogg Auditorium during the world premier of the new 20th anniversary march. 

For more information about the scholarship and to download an application please visit or call 269-789-BBBC.  The deadline for applications is March 1, 2011.  

Winner will be notified by March 11, 2011.

New march needs a name! Calhoun County K-5 students we need your help!


The Brass Band of Battle Creek will perform the world premier of its 20th Anniversary march at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium March 26, 2011 at 8 p.m.  We need your help to name our new piece of music!  Elementary students (K-5) in Calhoun County are invited to enter our naming contest.

The title could be a description of how music makes you feel; how music has changed your life; how music effects the world around you....


The winner will be invited to the March 26th concert, with their family, to accept their award, see their title on the piece of music and hear the BBBC premier the new march!

Visit to download an entry form.

All entries are due by March 1, 2011.

Design the March concert program cover Help us design the March concert program cover!

Calhoun County students (K-8) are invited to design the cover of the Spring concert program cover.

Visit to download an entry form.  All entries are due MARCH 1, 2011. 

The winner will be announced March 11, 2011 and will be invited to attend the concert with their family.  

North American Brass Band Association Championships in Grand Rapids April 8 & 9, 2011

 The North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) will be holding its annual championships at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan April 8 & 9, 2011.  There will be a solo and ensemble competition on Friday April 8th as well as a band competition to be held on Saturday April 9th.  Brass Band of Battle Creek member Steven Mead will be one of the adjudicators.  If you would like more details on the NABBA championships visit their website at:

BBBC attends the Michigan Music Conference January 2011

The Brass Band of Battle Creek traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan to the Michigan Music Conference held at the Devos Place.  The Michigan Music Conference (MMC) is an annual conference for music educators from all over the state of Michigan.  The BBBC had a booth in the exhibitors hall and was able to meet with hundreds of band directors, parents, and music students.  Visitors to the booth were able to hear about the upcoming scholarship opportunity, future events and concerts.  The BBBC also handed out their new poster that includes a roster of the band and had CDs available for purchase.  The Brass Band of Battle Creek looks forward to attending the 2012 Michigan Music Conference and spreading the word about the continued educational outreach the BBBC has planned.  If  you would like more information on the Michigan Music Conference click HERE.

Follow us on Facebook Help us get to 1000 fans

If you are on Facebook, make sure to "like" the official Brass Band of Battle Creek Facebook page.  We are trying to get to 1000 fans by our Spring concert!