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Motor City Festival of Bands #2

Some of the area’s top community bands are gathering at the Dearborn Center for the Performing Arts again this year, for the Motor City Festival of Bands 2.  The event is taking place Sunday, March 13th at 3:00 p.m. and will feature the Oakland University Brass Band, the Farmington Community Band, the Plymouth Community Band, the Washtenaw Concert Band, and the Motor City Brass Band.

Last year’s festival was spectacular, and this year’s promises to be another great afternoon.

Full details and ticket information are available at http://www.mcbb.org/pdf/MCFB_2011.pdf

 

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A Joyful Noise: 294 Musicians Strong

If you weren’t there, I don’t know how to describe what it was like.

The Motor City Festival of Bands concluded Sunday with 294 musicians on the stage, under the direction of Leonard Slatkin.    Dozens of clarinets, six bassoons, at least a dozen percussionists, and more brass than I could identify.    When the first piece began during the finale, even pianissimo filled the Dearborn Performing Arts Center with an awesome sound.   And when they broke out into full fortissimo, there’s no wonder that Leonard Slatkin was left breathless and said, “It’s kinda scary up here.” Continue reading

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