Say yes to the Dress


Thanks for your attendance and great work during last Tuesday's storm! The weather outside was frightful, but your music making so delightful. Time to share that with our fans as we head into the Dress Rehearsal this Tuesday. After a short warm up, we will play thru the program in order without stops. After the break we will go back to polish up any problems spots and take requests. As most of your know by now our March concert will be based on music inspired by the planets. The March concert will again be our heavy concert of the year and my goal has been to get the music in your hands before the Christmas break. Since we don't want to deal with passing out music at the concert, I will be passing out most of the planets music to your section leaders this Tuesday. We will not get some of it until Tuesday, so we may not have enough copies for everyone, but should have something for everyone.

Here's the plan for Tuesday:

6:30 set up, ensembles practice in pit if time

6:45 Arrive, Grab a conga, get your planets music, warm up and tune on your own.

7:00 Warm up

7:10 Concert Order:


8th Candle



Sleigh Ride

3 (5) Carols


Auld Ange Syne

break & Announcements

rehearse as time allows

9:00 fine' tear down

9:15 We all need to be out of Jefferson by 9:15


Officially Awesome


I know I've said this before, but you are officially awesome. What great attendance on Tuesday, great music made and so many helping set up and tear down. So fun. Thank you all.

If you are considering putting an Christmas ensemble together for the concert, please let Mitch know by this Tuesday so we can work it into the 3 Carols piece.

This Tuesday - last regular rehearsal, next Tuesday - dress. Dec 19 - concert, and an amazing one at that. The recipe remains the same: listen to the recordings on the links in the "as promised" note, practice as time allows, advertise for the concert. And be thinking about what you're going to bring for our traditional Holiday Flair!

Let's do Tuesday this way:

Auld Ange - if you are singing, memorize the lyric, stand up, face the audience, and sing to one person in the audience.

RCM - After a good full run last week, we will just do parts this week



Kwanzaa - We are close to a finished product. If you are interested in playing a conga, please grab one out of the music room downstairs before rehearsal or during intermission.

8th Candle

3 (or more) Carols

Sleigh Ride if time

We got ourselves a concert

I have really been enjoying making music with you the past weeks. I left rehearsal last week thinking, "Looks like we got ourselves a concert!" Which is amazing considering what little rehearsal time we've had for this one. We have 2 'regular' rehearsals left, then the 'dress' rehearsal on the 12th and the concert on Dec 19. Get the word out! Here's the line up for tomorrow:








3 Carols

Sleigh Ride if time

Digging in

Great rehearsal last Tuesday everyone. Fun to have a fully lit stage. We certainly made the most of it. Good progress made. 

If anyone has some sheet metal lying around - we could use a sheet for Mayflower Ov. Let me know.

Start the invites going for what promises to be a terrific Holiday Concert Dec 19.

We'll see you all Tuesday night starting right at 7. I'd like to ask everyone to help out with the tear down. We need more help hauling the percussion downstairs in addition to stacking and racking of the chairs and stands. And we can always use more help on the set us we bring up the percussion and set up the stage. We start anytime between 6 and 6:30.

Tuesday night looks like this:

Russian 166 to end, then back to beginning


break - set up for Kwanzaa


8th Candle

3 Carols

others if time 

Stop me if you've heard this one, "2 penguins walk into a band rehearsal, ..."

Thanks to all who made it to the Halloween rehearsal. We had 40 members which led to a good reading session for the Holidays concert. Kudos to those who wore costumes and brought treats.


We are unable to rehearse this coming Tuesday due to the elections. Our next rehearsal is Nov 14 which gives us a total of 5 rehearsals before the Dec 19 concert. As per usual, make every effort to be at every rehearsal, and on time. Tell your section leaders in advance if you need to be gone (or late).


In the meantime, please take a minute to work on your music and listen to these recordings for the Holidays concert - and think of other ways we can make this concert special for our audience.



Mayflower Overture



12 days/Silver Bells







8th Candle



Sleigh Ride



3 English Carols

Russian Christmas Music (Eastern Orthodox)



Auld Lang Syne




Congratulations to all on an amazing concert. Fantastic that you could give a top notch performance on some difficult music in such a short amount of time. I think it's going to be a good year! The audience, as usual, was very warm and very appreciative. Several mentioned afterward that it was the best the CICB had ever sounded. That's kudos to all of you.


-Sara W for your terrific solo work

-incidental solo work by Catherine, Jeanette, Jason, Colleen, Kristy

-Megan for the program and poster

-Emily, Sam & Laura for emcee-ing

-The clarinets for having a peak performance

-Percussion for pulling off Incantation and Dance

-Everyone that brought audience members


We ARE having rehearsal this coming Tuesday, BUT it is Halloween. Do not even think about coming to rehearsal if you have plans to be with your kids for Halloween. No other excuse to miss is needed. Have fun! And if you want to come for the last part of rehearsal, please join us.

If you can make rehearsal this Tuesday, we are going to enjoy reading music for our upcoming Holidays concert. But I encourage you to have even more fun by coming in costume and bringing treats for your section!

The rehearsal after that is election night, but the board is checking on if it is possible for us to have a short rehearsal after polls close, 8p-9. More info to come. After that there will only be 4 rehearsals and a dress left before the Dec 19 concert. 

Concert time

I'm looking forward to our 36th season opener this Tuesday! The dress rehearsal was a little rough, but that usually means a good performance. Most of our challenge was practicing in a different space. Some of you pointed out after rehearsal the bomb shelter sign that was on the wall right in front of you! 

Prepare for the concert by listening to the links provided on the "as promised" post from Oct 10 - especially Incantation and the Suite - and practice as time permits. The warm up will begin promptly at 6:30 on Tuesday. Please come early to prepare, warm up and tune before we start. During the concert the challenge is to watch, listen and be ready to recover quickly as needed. The concert order will be:








Dress Rehearsal


I hope you had some time to enjoy the recordings of our concert. I'm looking forward to seeing you this Tuesday night for our last rehearsal to prepare these chestnuts. We will start with some time with Incantation then go thru all the music in score order. After each piece we will take time to fix things as necessary and by request. Please be early to set up and prepare - downbeat is 7.

Incantation and Dance


Suite Francaise

Feierlicher Einzug

Old Grumbly Bear



Incantation again if time


36th Season Opener

Great progress was made last week. I hope you have enjoyed preparing these chestnuts as much as I have. Just two rehearsals left before the Oct 24 season opener. Let me know if you are interested in introducing a piece at the concert. I will help prepare the notes if wanted.

Tuesday looks like this:

Moorside - play thru



Strauss - all


Incantation - more detail work

Suite mvt 4 (review 3 & 5 if time)

Grumbly if time

Welcome Fall

Thanks for a great job again last week. I didn't feel I was on my game, probably putting too much pressure on myself. Tomorrow we will concentrate on enjoying the preparation of some great music. And we will appoint someone to keep us updated on the big Twins game! We're still looking for some members to announce tunes at the 10/24 concert. Let me know.

Let's set up Tuesday like this:




Hello Dolly



Last week I sent some concert dates, but there have been some changes to put on your calendar:






Light Balance


Good rehearsal on Tuesday as we dig deeper into these chestnuts.

We are in serious need of percussionists. I am working on two ringers to help out, but FOR SURE we will need 2 of our wind players to help out on Incantation and Dance. Let Margie know if you are interested. For the future, please recruit and percussionists you know to join us for the rest of the season.

Thank you for your understanding as we tackle the lighting challenge. Let's be creative and do our best with this opportunity.

I am looking for up to 6 band members to introduce the pieces at our season opener on Oct 24. Just a short intro of the piece. I will help with content as you wish. Let me know if you are interested. 

The concert dates for the 2017-18 season are:

October 24 SEASON OPENER - "Chestnuts: gems of the band repertoire"



May 6 POPS CONCERT - ... and the winner is..."

May 7 Joint Concert with Rosemount Community Band

Summer Series tba



Suite #2 + 3






Lakes Band XXXVI


Thanks for your good work this past Tuesday. Unreal how good you are sounding. Tone and Intonation continue to improve and the attendance has been good. I'm looking forward to this Tuesday night and our season opener on Oct 24. The theme is CHESTNUTS, gems of the wind band repertoire. 

Thank you for your understanding of the Jefferson lighting situation. I appreciate your willingness to accept the challenge. Remember to bring stand/reading lights. Even the miner style ones you wear on a headband! And feel free to bring an old lamp or whatever you can think of to help you see your music and light up our space.

Another ask: we need percussion! We have 3 core members at this point. We need 5 for this concert cycle plus another two ringers to pull off Incantation. If you know of someone, direct them to our website and let membership chair Shawn and section leader Margie know. (Margie will probably bake you a batch of her famous brownies!). If we are unable to find help, consider volunteering to play a percussion instrument on one of our pieces.

See you this Tuesday. Please come early to help set up, warm up, tune and prepare for a successful concert. Let your section leader know if you are going to be absent/late. Rehearsal etiquette reminder: our of respect for your teammates, no cel phone usage other than for a tuner and keep talking to a minimum. Thanks for your cooperation.








Thank you all for a terrific summer and a wonderful 16-17 season. I look forward to making music again with you this upcoming season starting with our kick off rehearsal on Tuesday. Sept 5. We have some great music waiting for us for 17-18! If for any reason you can't be with us this year or will have to miss a concert cycle, please let your section leader, Shawn and/or I know about it. 

Have a good rest of your summer,


35th Grande Finale

WHO The 35th edition of the CICB

WHAT Grand Finale Concert

WHEN Sunday, July 30 7:00 (call at 6:30)

WHERE Centennial Lakes Park 7499 France Ave South Edinal

WHY Celebrate a terrific season

OTHER Bring a chair and stand to this one. Weather looks absolutely perfect. Come early as parking can be a bit of a hike. I found a water bottle and a couple stands after the last concert - I will bring. 



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!