The FCB Concert Band presets an afternoon concert rich in the textures and tones of classic chamber music featuring select ensembles that make up the FCB Concert Band. The full band will then compliment the afternoon with an exciting assortment of compositions including "Incantation and Dance", "Chester", and Sousa's "George Washington Bicentennial March". This will be the last time that the FCB will be performing at Harrison High School because the school is closing at the end of this academic year. Harrison has been “home” for the FCB since it opened in 1970 when Paul Barber became Harrison’s band director.
“If music be the food of love, play on.”
- William Shakespeare
All of our concerts have free admission, unless otherwise noted below.
The FCB Concert Band is honored to travel to beautiful Kirk in the Hills Church in Bloomfield Hills for an afternoon concert that all lovers of brass instrumentation will appreciate. Choice selections include "Canzon Duodecimi Toni", "Danzon No. 2", and "Allelujah! Laudamus Te" with organ accompaniment. Featured guest soloist will be Kenneth Thompkins, principal trombonist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. More about Kenneth Tompkins can be found by clicking the button below.
If you enjoy the music of the big band era, then you will love our Valentine Dinner Dance, an evening rich in fine dining and dancing at the elegant Glen Oaks Country Club. Unwind at the cash bar cocktail hour and then enjoy a lavish dinner and music 'til midnight provided by the fabulous FCB Big Band, directed by Mr. Randy Barber. Treat your special valentine to a romantic evening or get a group of friends together for a table of fun. Tickets are available by advance reservation only. Tables of 8 and 10 available. Early Bird discounts for tables are available if you order before January 11, 2019. All seating is reserved. If you are part of a group please let us know. Click on the buttons below for more information or to download a ticket order form, or call 734.261.2202.
The FCB presents a holiday classic featuring the 95 piece FCB Concert Band under the direction of Damien Crutcher presenting an entertaining array of concert band classics and holiday favorites. Selections include "Panoramic Fanfare", "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," and "Overture to Candide".
We regret to announce that Anjan Shah will not be able to perform at the concert as was publicized due to an unforeseen personal conflict. Saxophonist Andrew Bishop from the University of Michigan Department of Jazz has graciously agreed to appear instead and will Perform Jack Stamp’s “Jig Saw” as planned. More on Andrew Bishop below.
Andrew Bishop is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, educator, and scholar comfortable in many musical idioms. He maintains an international career and serves as an Associate Professor and Chair of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Bishop’s three recordings as a leader have received widespread acclaim from national and international journals. As a composer and arranger he has received over 30 commissions; numerous residencies and awards and recognition from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP); the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; the Andrew W. Melon Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; and a nomination from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He earned five degrees in music including a DMA in music composition from the University of Michigan. Bishop is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren artist.
A musical adventure for kids of all ages. Enjoy an afternoon of exciting music at our popular tunes & treats concert. This concert includes an afternoon of exciting music, a bag of treats and an opportunity for kids to show off their Halloween fashions in a costume parade on stage with the band. The band will perform a wide variety of popular music featuring themes from action films such as Mission Impossible, King Kong, The Incredibles, and much, much more! Everyone is encouraged to attend the concert in costume. Special guest emcees include middle school band students from Farmington Public Schools. Symphony Band students from Harrison High School will perform with the FCB Concert Band for the entire concert.
THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO EXTREME HEAT FORECASTED FOR SUNDAY JUNE 17
Many will remember he wonderful summer concerts at the Remick Bandshell on Belle Isle performed by the legendary Detroit Concert Band, under the direction of Leonard B. Smith. Several area musicians have formed MOBIG - the Music On Belle Isle Group dedicated to returning that summer concert tradition to Belle Isle and to promoting the restoration of the Remick Bandshell. The FCB will be the first of several bands to perform on Belle Isle this summer. MOBIG hopes this will be the first of many summer concert seasons to come on Belle Isle Park.. For more information visit mobigmusic.org
Concert site is Sunset Point located at the Western tip of Belle Isle (facing the Renaissance Center). Look for lawn signs directing traffic. Concert attendees are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets for their comfort. Concert may be cancelled at the last minute due to weather conditions. The button below will show the exact location on Belle Isle.
The Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands (RCF), hosted by the Meridian Community Band (MCB), is a one-day event in which each participating band performs a brief, public concert followed by an educational post-concert clinic. The clinics are directed by four university-level conductors who provide insight and techniques for improving musicianship. Visiting artists present instrumental master classes for featured instruments. Audiences enjoy the presentation of a wide variety of traditional and contemporary band literature. The festival combines performance opportunities, learning experiences for musicians, and a forum for networking with other bands from across the state.
The Farmington Community Band will perform at 11:15 am followed by a post concert clinic. For information about the festival visit redcedarfestival.org
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A Collage Concert
Enjoy an afternoon of great musical variety showcasing the fine instrumental voices that make up the Farmington Community Band music organization including a clarinet choir, flute and brass ensembles, and piano soloist from the Farmington Musicale. But that’s just the beginning - the FCB Concert Band, under the direction of Maestro Damien Crutcher, will entertain you during the second half with an exciting selection of concert band literature. Featured guest conductor, Paul DeRubeis.
Guest Conductor, Paul DeRubeis has had a long and fruitful career in music education. He retired from Bloomfield Hills Schools in 2014 after for a total of 38 years, 33 of which were spent at Bloomfield Hills Schools. He was MSBOA District 4 Teacher of the Year in 2003 and 2010 and finalist in 2010. An active clinician and adjudicator for MSBOA, he also serves as committee chair for Michigan Youth Arts Festival for MSBOA activities. Maestro DeRubeis is a graduate of Wayne State University and plays the Euphonium.