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Madison Performing Arts Series

Louisville Brass, Madison
Community Band to perform

Two holiday concerts are planned in Madison

(December 2013) – The Madison Performing Arts Foundation, headed by Lynn Maricle, brings professional musicians to Jefferson County, Ind., every year. Their public concert series often showcases classical music, however, two upcoming events in the 2013-2014 season offer a bit more variety.

Louisville Brass

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Louisville Brass will play Dec. 5 at Trinity United Methodist Church.

The Louisville Brass will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Trinity United Methodist Church. The Madison Community Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Clifty Falls State Park Lodge, following the inn’s buffet dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Both concerts are free to the public but donations will be accepted.
Maricle, a former choral instructor at Madison Consolidated High School, expressed enthusiasm that the Performing Arts Foundation was able to book the popular Louisville Brass for another Madison concert. “They’ve been here several times,” she said. “There’s always a great turnout for them.”
The Louisville Brass will play creative arrangements of familiar Christmas music, as well as other non-seasonal music. The musical group is known for keeping their material fresh. “It’s hard to predict what they will do,” Maricle said. “I’ve never heard them repeat the same thing twice.”
Maricle added that the Louisville Brass enjoys international recognition. The band consists of five professors from the University of Louisville School of Music. Prestigious music studies and performance reputations precede the quintet, which includes a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, an alumnus of the Juilliard School and an alumnus of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Community Band

Photo by Don Ward

Mark Johnson directs
the Community Band.

Closer to home is the Madison Community Band, which formed for the Madison Bicentennial celebration in 2009 under Don Cochran, now the band director at Southwestern High School. Mark Johnson, a former school band director, succeeded Cochran. Now the band is in its third year and going strong.
“The original plan was one big concert for the Bicentennial,” said Johnson, “but the musicians loved doing it, so we kept going.”
Since their formation, the Madison Community Band has performed in Jefferson and its surrounding counties. They often take part in such events and venues as Fourth of July celebrations, Madison Regatta Festival week, seasonal festivals, area nursing homes and park concert series. The all-volunteer group typically rehearses for three or four months in preparation for its concert schedule.
Johnson said the holiday concert at Clifty Lodge has become a tradition for the Madison Community Band. “Last year, 350 people came. We hope to see that many this year, too.”
Among standard holiday tunes, the band will perform some jazz renditions and, in a departure from the traditional, a typewriter solo. They will end with a community sing-along of carols.
While the musicians enjoy making their music available to everyone, regardless of budget, Johnson said he hopes people will consider donating at the concert to help fund the band’s repertoire.
That repertoire is quite versatile, including rock n’ roll as well as typical concert band music. While all of the musicians possess a performance background “in one way or another,” said Johnson, most of the band members have careers unrelated to music. “We have a nurse, secretaries, four or five band directors, music students, an engineer and a retired veteran who played in the U.S. Army Band. They come from all walks of life, and they donate their time. It’s just a unique group.”
Maricle agreed, saying the Madison Performing Arts Foundation wanted to give the Madison Community Band their support by including them in the foundation’s concert series. “We’ve always been grateful to the community members who have kept it going since the Bicentennial,” she said. As a retired music director, she knows that continuing a volunteer music group requires immense dedication.
Through her relationship with the Louisville Brass and the Madison Community Band, Maricle forwards the Madison Performing Arts Foundation’s mission of furthering Madison’s cultural growth. “These events really enrich our community. We want people of all ages to come out and experience them,” she said.
And they do. Young and old, working and retired, locals and visitors, Maricle said she sees all types at the concerts every year.
“We appreciate the variety of people willing to attend and support the Foundation.”
The Madison Performing Arts Foundation’s performance season runs through November 2014.

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