NEW Concert Band to perform Fall Concert

Program ranges from Gustav Holst to Freddie Mercury

MARINETTE — The fall concert presented by the Northeastern Wisconsin Concert Band is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the W.J. Jones Auditorium at Marinette High School, 2135 Pierce Ave.

This is the first concert of the band’s 27th season, and the concert will be under the direction of Robert Berndt and Glen Reinke.

The first half of the concert, under Berndt’s direction, includes works by John Phillip Sousa, Wisconsin native Pierre La Plante, John Stevens, Gustav Holst and Freddie Mercury. The concert band arrangement of ”Bohemian Rhapsody” retains all the operatic gymnastics of the original.

The second half of the concert, under the direction of Reinke, opens with “Rock Trap,” a novelty percussion composition featuring 12 members of the ensemble performing not with instruments but with knee slapping, hand clapping, finger snapping, whistling and vocal sounds. The full band then performs works by Dmitri Shostakovich and Franco Cesarini, highlights from “Fiddler on the Roof” by Jerry Bock, another piece by Gustav Holst, and finally “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield.

The Northeastern Wisconsin Concert Band, formed in 1993, is a volunteer organization, and includes over 70 school music educators and others from the Wisconsin counties of Brown, Marinette, Oconto and Shawano, and the Michigan counties of Menominee and Dickinson. It performs two different concerts each season in the fall and spring.

Concert tickets will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $2 for students. The nonprofit band is financed entirely from concert receipts, donations and sponsorships. For information, or if interested in becoming a member or sponsor, visit