I can't believe we are already approaching the end of a fun summer season. You have performed so well. I hope you are having as much fun as I am with this concert. We have one of our favorites at Salo Park in St Anthony this Thursday (annually big and appreciative crowds) and a return performance at one of the premiere summer sites Centennial Park in Edina. Will be a good way to end the season. Please let your section leader, and or Shawn or I know if you cannot attend so we can find possible subs. The 7 subs on Saturday really helped us out. We had 33 of our 77 members show on Saturday as the Calhoun Isles Wind Ensemble! Not a quorum albeit a good performance.


-to those who played in the heat and humidity on Saturday

-to the flutes, low woodwinds and percussion for 100% attendance at Hopkins 

-to those who played in the cool and non-acoustical setting on Thursday

-to those who made both performances!

-to those who have, and will attend all performances this summer!!

(please note: Kudos are not redeemable for prizes)

The line up for our last 2 concerts will be our full regular program. Let's make them the best. See you Thursday!


3 in 8


Fantastic concert at Lake Harriet! The band is playing so well. Thank you to all with special kudos to those who are helping out with the loading and set up/tear down work. Love the sense of community. 

We are coming up on a fun week - 3 concerts within 8 days! First up is Bryant Sq which is literally in our backyard! And bonus it's a Mpls park. Nice intimate setting for a loyal audience. Then on to Hopkins where 4 other community bands will also be performing throughout the day. Play to take in this special event. Traditionally this is on the hottest day of the summer. Siri is guessing 88. Then on to one of our favs - Salo Park in St Anthony. They absolutely love us there and they have a beautiful setting.  

We have struggled a bit in the past with coverage at Bryant Sq and Hopkins. Please make every effort to be at these important performances - but if you can't attend, please let your section leader know asap so they can plan accordingly.

Both Bryant Sq and Salo Park will be the regular set, but we will need to play a shortened set at Hopkins due to their schedule. Here's the program for Hopkins:

Minnesota March


War March & Battle Hymn of the Vikings

Lis Escoubo

Mosquitos Lay Eggs in Minnesota


Into the Clouds

Foshay Tower March


Skol Vikings - if time

Prince in Concert

You Can't Stop the Beat - if time

NO Encore, there will be much less podium talk - be ready to go quickly from one to the next


On deck... Harriet


I really appreciated the opportunity to speak with you at our last meeting. I learned a lot. It's good for us to touch base like this once in awhile, but I promise - never for that long again! I did get some great feed back afterwards too. One issue that I should have addressed, "How was the membership of the Polka Band determined?" It's awesome so many of you want to play with the polka band. For years we have featured either the Dixie Band or Calico Jazz. With neither group able to perform this summer, the intent was to combine the available members of both groups and do some polkas for this summer's concerts. We did end up adding a few players to beef up the bottom.

The concert order will be the same this Tuesday. What a fun and fantastic performance at Como! They loved you. I can't wait to hear it again! For some reason I am especially looking forward to the War March and Battle Hymn. So fun. Here's the timeline:

Tuesday, June 27, Lake Harriet Pavilion 

6:00 report time for percussion and assigned trailer crew (each section was assigned a date at the last rehearsal.

6:45 CALL TIME for all. This allows time for a good warm up, thorough tuning and to rehearse several pieces.

7:30 Downbeat - invite your friends - this is one of the season favs. Weather is suppose to be sunny and warm. Bring water, sunglasses, et al

8:40 fine' and tear down. Please help tear down and load before greeting the fans.

Afterglow tba

Let me know of any questions or concerns.




Let's take this show on the road!

I'm impressed how quickly and how well  you got the summer concert put together. Thanks for your work. I think the Como concert on Sunday will be terrific. 

Margie is in need of percussion help on a couple charts: for War March we need a gong player, and on Into the Clouds we need a triangle and suss cym player. If you are interested, and are in a section that can can by without you, please contact our percussion section leader, Margie. Thank you for considering this.

A couple reminders from last night: ATTENDANCE Let your section leader know if you are ever going to be absent or late. No surprises on concert night. Please make every effort to be at all of our events and to be on time. The few times we have fielded half a band have yielded less than desirable results. The sooner we know of absences, the more likely we can find a sub. DRESS cobalt blue polo on the top, black on the bottom. Bring sunglasses and something to hold your music in place. For most of our events you will need a chair (no lawn chairs please!) and a music stand. Have them in your car so you are ready for anything. A bottle of water is also a good call. CALL TIME is when the warm up starts. Plan on coming early to find parking, haul your gear, help the percussion, set up, warm up and tune on your own. It makes the performance so much more enjoyable than rushing in unprepared. HAVE FUN at the concerts. This starts with inviting your friends and family to our events. I hope you enjoy performing these special events, the more you enjoy it, the more the audience will respond. When the polka band plays, get into it! Hoot along, clap, sing on the Beer Barrel Polka, grab a partner and dance along! And be ready for anything! A good time will be had by all. POST CONCERT please help the percussion tear down and load the trailer. If everyone would make an effort to do this just for once concert this summer we would be good. Then be sure you attend the post concert get together as announced by your board.

Here is the full program order (note the encore)

Minnesota March no repeats, remember the ‘Rah Rah Ski U Mah’ before you sing


War March & Battle Hymn of the Vikings

Lis Escoubo (last mvt of Suite Provencale) In '2'

Mosquitos Lay Eggs in Minnesota

St Anthony Chorale ww & horns


Into the Clouds

Charlie Brown in '4'0

Foshay Tower March

Polka Band – 2 tunes


Escapade for Trombones – trombones stand

Skol Vikings

Prince in Concert

You Can't Stop the Beat

Encore: MN March – pick up to K to the end (last 48 meas w/ no repeat, it’s the last strain – or last trio – I will give you ‘1-2-1’ then come in on the pick up)

Let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything I can do for you. Sunday is Funday!


Big Week

Hope you are having a good Holiday weekend. Good job last week everyone. Thanks for being flexible with the rehearsal set up. In the end, we got a lot done. We have one more rehearsal (Tuesday) before we debut our summer program (Sunday). At this time it looks like we will be downstairs in the caf for the rest of the year. Both the rehearsal and the summer program will be in this order. It should be fun.

Reflections on the City of Lakes

Minnesota March (Sousa)

Arikara (Marshall)

War March & Battle Hymn of the Vikings (Reed)

Lis Escoubo (French)

Mosquitos Lay Eggs in Minnesota (Lake)

St Anthony Chorale

Into the Clouds (Saucedo)

Charlie Brown

Foshay Tower March (Sousa)

Polka Band (need some dancers!)

Hallelujah (Cohen)

Escapade for Trombones (Bencriscutto)

Skol Vikings

Prince in Concert

You Can't Stop the Beat (Hairspray)


Reflections on the City of Lakes

I really enjoyed sight reading with you on Tuesday night. Something very appealing about making music together at sight. You all did terrific work. I think the cafeteria works well as our make shift band room - but with all the right angles and hard surfaces combined with the low ceiling, it is found. We all need to bring it down a notch when we practice down there and bell front instruments please play bells down (I can't believe I'm actually saying that!). It will also help if we spread the rows out a bit. I encourage you to bring ear plugs.

After discussing it with Lori, I decided to go with a $100 gift card to Nordstrom's to thank Kylie for helping us with the Pops. I will send this to her first thing in the morning so it doesn't become too distant of a memory. So far I have one person putting a 10 spot in the pot. If you'd like to help support this, please bring $1-$10 to rehearsal this Tuesday. If we don't get enough we are happy to pay the rest. If we get over, we will give the extra to the board to start a Sunshine/Flower/Social Fund (or whatever you want to call it) for situations like this. Thank you for your help with this.

As announced, the theme to our Summer Series of concerts is, "Reflections on the City of Lakes". Our musical, chronological salute to the city we represent. The order to the concert and to our rehearsal on Tuesday is below - note a few changes

Minnesota March (no repeats)


War March & Battle Hymn of the Vikings

Lis Escoubo mvt 4 of Suite Provencale

Mosquitos Lay Eggs in Minnesota

St Anthony Chorale (ww and horns only)

Into the Clouds

Charlie Brown

Foshay Tower March

(polka band will play 2 selections here)


Escapade for Trombones

Prince in Concert

You Can't Stop the Beat 

 If they demand an encore we will play MN March K to the end, no repeat

This Tuesday I would like to try the addition to singing on Minn March at G - here are the words:

Rah! Rah! Ski-U-Mah. Rah! Rah! Rah!
March on, March on to Victory.
Loyal Sons of Varsity.
Fight on, Fight on for Minnesota
For the glory of the Old Maroon and Gold.
March on, March on to win the game.
Down the field, fighting every play.
We're with you, team, Fighting team!
Hear our song, we cheer along
To help you win a victory.


Pops Perfection

Dear Friends,

Thank you for the wonderful concert you gave last Tuesday night! You created such great memories for the band and the audience. A very rewarding performance and the crowd was so appreciative. The pops concert is becoming a bit of a 'thing' which is cool. 

Kudos to:

-Margie for your typewriter soloing ability!

-the first clarinets for not giggling during the concert!

-Ari, Sarah and all of our soloists. Great job

-Mitch for your warm up, conducting and announcing

-the Jazz Band. I had a lot of great comments on your performance. Very fun. May couldn't believe you did that in just 3 rehearsals.

-The horns for playing us into and out of the commercial and for wearing really cool fireman hats for Fire!

-everyone on a very musical and fun performance - I look forward to your thoughts and comments on Tuesday

-and of course to our anchor, Kylie. She really enjoyed the experience. I will bring a thank you card on Tuesday for everyone who wants to sign.

It was fun to see all the smiles after the concert. I've seen such a quick and genuine reaction to a concert. And so many people really loved the Prince medley! Maybe we should hit the road!

I'm anxious to start working on music for our summer series. We only have 3 rehearsals before our first concert at Como - plus a couple more after to polish the entire program. NOTE: we will be rehearsing in the basement for the rest of the season due to the light issue in the auditorium. We will need some extra help setting up. 

See you Tuesday!


"and now, your local news!"

I am so excited for your Pops Concert this Tuesday. The band has see a lot of growth in the past years, but none more than this year. This may not be our most challenging concert, but it could well be our most musical. I know your family and friends will enjoy it. Let's make sure this is not just the concert we SAY we are going to have at least 5 audience members there for each CICB member, but this WILL be the concert that it actually happens. I know they are going to love it. What a great way to cap our 35th season as an ensemble.

Things to remember:

-Concert dress is all black. I would encourage you to wear your BEST black. It not only classes things up but it shows respect to what we are doing and our audience. Break out that dark suit. And guys in ties would be appreciated!

-bring a stand light - or two! be ready to share if someone forgets. Plan on there being no stage lights and feel free to bring a lamp or whatever you need to see and be seen.

-jazz band members - you will have to bring your own stand and if you have an extra - bring that too!

-take care of your self going into the concert, practice, prepare, eat right, be rested, and be on time - ready to make some music and memories.

-think ahead during the concert. have your music in order, and be ready to go quickly to the next piece. 

-have fun with the music, especially the Hooked on Reruns! Nanoo, Nanoo - Batman (Splat!) and more. Anything to draw the audience in. For Skol Vikings, bring your Helga Horns et al (or gear for 'your' team). Focus and relax on Early Light - this could be awesome.  Maybe throw on your Twins hat. IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE YOUR HARD WORK THIS YEAR. You deserve a perfect concert. If you've never had that elusive perfect concert, this is the perfect time to notch one in your belt.

Here's the timeline:

6:00 Jazz Band set up and practice, CICB set up crew

6:20 call time for the entire band so you can set up, warm- up and tune.

6:30 full ensemble warm up, probably with Mitch

6:50 places

7:00 Downbeat

8:00 Fine', tear down, meet with fan and fans


Let me know if you have any questions or concerns, have a great concert and...

Go team!



Skol Vikes et al

'Dress' rehearsal is this Tuesday! Please plan on coming early to set up, warm up and tune. Group warm up and tune will start by 7. Jazz Band we will be rehearsing promptly at 6 in the pit. Please download and practice Cajun Cooking.

Some things for you to do this week:

-Advertise - sell it! This is going to be fun

-Think of fun ideas we can do to add some spark to the concert. I need some volunteers to make Batman type signs to hold up. Can you think of more ideas?

-Listen to Early Light and practice it

-Learn the lyrics to Skol Vikings!

Skol Vikings, let's win this game,
Skol Vikings, honor your name,
Go get that first down,
Then get a touchdown.
Rock 'em . . . Sock 'em
Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Go Vikings, run up the score,
You'll hear us yell for more. . .
Skol, Vikings, let's go! 

-Get the summer dates on your calendar. I'm excited to share the summer program concept with you.

-Let me know if you have any questions

-Have a good weekend


Do you 'have the runs?'

Good work to everyone last week. Big Band, full band. We're getting close to be ready for our annual Pops concert. For the next 3 weeks the music will always be in concert order:


Light Cavalry



Hooked on TV Reruns


(break - horn Mission quote on and off)

(Jazz Band)

Blue Tango

Skol Vikings

Early Light


Mision Tag

A few 'asks' of you. Be sure to listen to a recording of Early light. Be sure to be early for rehearsal this Tuesday to get set, warm up and tune on your own before we start at 7:00. Be sure to advertise the concert. I'm convinced if we all ask at least 10 people we will have a great crowd. And I'm convinced the best ways to do this are asking everyone you know, use your social media and put up posters. Thanks for your help with these 3 things.

BIG BAND - we will meet in the auditorium again this week at 6:00.

Have a great week!


Pops countdown

Great work in rehearsal last Tuesday. We certainly got a lot done and I hope you had some fun in the process. We only meet 3 more times until our pops concert on May 9. Be sure to get the word out to your family and friends to attend this special event.

This Tuesday will be a regular rehearsal, the week after more of a run thru and May 2 will be dress rehearsal. I encourage you to help make the most of these rehearsals by coming early to set up and warm up and participating fully in the rehearsal process.

JAZZ BAND will begin rehearsal this Tuesday downstairs in the music room promptly at 6:00 pm. We will be playing How High The Moon (Taylor), Cajun Cookin' (DiBlasio) and one other chart. Should be fun.

The full line up for Tuesday looks like this:




Light Cavalry



Blue Tango








Thanks for your great work on Tuesday night. Sectionals proved to be both fun and beneficial. Thanks to the section leaders for preparing and leading. It was a great night.

For this Tuesday, please take time to audit these:

Someone lined up all the original recordings of all the tunes from Hooked ON TV Reruns here


Here is a pretty good recording of Tsunami


And a good recording of our centerpiece, Early Light:



Let's set up this Tuesday's rehearsals like this:



Early Light





After this Tuesday only 3 rehearsals remain. Please make every effort to attend - on time - and tell your section leader and/or me if you can't make it or are running late.






5/2 7 dress rehearsal


Pops Prep

And we're off on another concert cycle! Good job reading the concert down last Tuesday. Thank you for your attendance and effort. I'm exciting about producing the pops and look forward to see what personality you can add to it. Start telling your friends to save the date - May 9! Concert order is:

The Mission

Light Cavalry (entire piece)

The Typewriter


Hooked on TV Reruns


3 jazz band selections

Blue Tango

Skol Vikings

Early Light

Prince in Concert


There will only be 4-5 rehearsals for the May 9 concert date. I'm looking forward to getting after it starting this Tuesday. Please let your section leader and/or me know if you are going to be absent or tardy. And let us know of any attendance issues you may have for this concert cycle. That way we can avoid setting up empty chairs, tripping over empty chairs, looking at empty chairs and tearing down empty chairs - plus it gives us a lot more room to work. Thank you for your help with this.

Speaking of tear down, I appreciate your continued help with this. With so many pitching in it just doesn't take long to do. We're still leaving a few things out in the hall - I will do better at showing you what needs to be done.

The jazz band will be rehearsing at 6:00pm on April 18, 25 and May 2. Members will need to attend these (or at least 2). 

It's been a great 35th season - let's keep it going!



Congratulations everyone on a very memorable concert. Terrific work on some very difficult music. You performed 18 pieces nearly back to back with tons of edits. I'm really impressed with your work and attitude during this whole concert cycle. Amazing. And the audience just LOVED it. They couldn't get enough. What fun. Hopefully they will tell their friends and we'll have even more in attendance at the Pops Concert. I'm anxious to hear your reaction and those of your friends and family.

KUDOS to our featured soloists Kari and Chris. Thank you for your extra preparation and your professional performance out in front. Kudos to Mitch for your conducting, introducing, tuba playing and especially for your graceful retrieval of your baton! Kudos to Megan and Jason for your extended solos in the music as well. A lot of wonderful performances. Kudos to Megan for making the program in the image of an actual Sousa program and for providing the Encore placards. And Kudos to Sally for taking on the challenge of getting all that music prepared for us!

THANK YOU to all for your help and cooperation with the stage and auditorium set up. I loved the risers, I thought the auditorium looked especially clean without the coats and cases out, and people who sat in the balcony really enjoyed that site line and sound. And we had good lighting to boot. And you all looked terrific in your classic black - everything was done very professionally. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

This Tuesday is our reading session of the annual spring Pops Concert, this year titled "...and now, Your Local News!" The show will be emceed by WCCO TV personality Kylie Bearse. She is looking forward to joining us. They are also planning on having a film crew at the concert to show some highlights on the WCCO evening news! I'm excited to share the music and the concept with you on Tuesday. We will have the reading session, 5 rehearsals (no rehearsal on spring break 4/4) and the dress rehearsal before the May 9th concert. What a 35th anniversary year it's been for CICB. 

We may try out yet another new seating chart (there is no perfect way to seat a band!) Please let me or your section leader know if you cannot attend this or any rehearsal as it's always disheartening to be sitting among empty chairs - plus it gives us more room to eliminate the empty chairs.

As always. let me know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend. You deserve it.




Tuesday is the big day. Thank you all for your hard work these past couple months. It's time to celebrate with a memorable concert. Some final thoughts as we prepare, beginning with "What to Wear"

All black, no colors as all, no white, no gray

TOP – black, dressy, collared, long sleeves, button down (top button buttoned if comfortable), no tie or scarf . Black coat if available.

BOTTOM – black pants, dress pants if possible. women – pants preferred over skirt, if wearing a skirt consider length and wear black hose

SHOES – black, dress, shined, closed toe (avoid sandals)

SOX – black please, since we play on an elevated stage the audience sees our sox, when they are white or colored, it’s noticed!

OTHER conservative hair style, facial hair is in, other than a watch and ring, avoid jewelry especially necklace and bracelets. 

OVERALL think conservative and professional. Nothing modern



PROMOTION - time to remind your early invitees of the dates, and be sure to text those you most want to come on the day of the concert.

PREP - last minute practice is always helpful, especially on the Dvorak. You've done a terrific job getting the Danse Bacchanale worked up. Spend some time with a tuner and make sure your horn is in superior condition. Shine it up if you have a minute. And don't forget to take care of your self the day of the concert. Good rest and good nourishment. 

PLAN on parking away as we expect a large audience. Call time is seated and tuned by 6:30. We still need some volunteers if you have family that would like to help us out.

UPCOMING Keep recruiting as we have immediate openings in clarinets and percussion and will have openings starting this summer for oboe and bari sax.

See you Tuesday



Prep for Dress


We got through it - you played thru the entire concert, which I felt went very well. Thank you to everyone for being there. We were only down 4 players which is great.

Our biggest challenge is we need to think ahead more - be prepared for what's next. There's still a lot of confusion on repeats, where to come, what piece is next, etc... There will be very little time between pieces - use this time to get the next piece out and remind yourself of the edits. I feel our 2nd biggest challenge is simply confidence. I encourage you to be courageous in this concert. We can do this - we've proven that. Let's all contribute at our highest level. After that we need to be tighter (less ragged) and much more in tune. Both of these require listening and adjusting constantly. 

The order for the dress and the concert are the same as last night. Please keep your music in that order. Main pieces and encores will be played almost back to back. Have them both out on your stand as if they were one. 

The dress rehearsal will go just as the concert in every way except our apparel. If possible, please come a bit early for warm up, some announcements and tuning. We will start right at 7:00 with Mitch's welcome. PLEASE INVITE INTERESTED FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO ATTEND THE DRESS REHEARSAL. A note on 'Roosters' - you can be more animated. Have more fun! It would be awesome to come up with some section choreography. We will stand as a band after the Dvorak, Danse Baccanale and the Star Spangled Banner. Spend your practice time this week on the Dvorak and the Bacchanale (and brass be sure you have the Stars & Stripes memorized).

The promotions goal this week is to go deeper - time for posters to go up, and invitations to go further. If you have any connections at local sr housing, let them know about it. And if you have any media contacts, by all means go for it!

We need some volunteers from your family and friends at the concert. 2 people to guard doors 1 and 2 so our audience can get in. 3 people to usher. Anyone know a good videographer? Could also use a photographer to take pictures during the concert and snap a formal from the balcony after.

We are starting planning for the next concert, our annual POPS, this year themed "...and now your Local News!" I have a WCCO personality lined up to be our emcee. It's going to be another fun event with some great music. But we are at a point we need to recruit some additional players to complete our roster. If you know interested musicians, please have them contact us through our website. We currently have immediate vacancies in these sections:


clarinet (up to 3)

bari sax


percussion (up to 3)

Additional members on bassoon, bass clarinet, horn, trombone and tuba would also be considered.

Thank you everyone for your hard work preparing for this concert. It will pay off in a rewarding and memorable performance. I can't wait. See you Tuesday - and as always, if you have any questions or suggestions you can reach me at teddggullickson.gmail.com