|Motor City Brass Band is pleased to announce Motor City Festival of Bands 4 on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. at the Michael Guido Theatre in Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center (FCPAC).
Following three years of success, MCBB (Craig Strain) is thrilled to bring back this family-friendly event to metro Detroit residents. Chosen for their musical excellence, each of the participating bands will perform individually, as well as in the Festival’s grand finale. More than 200 musicians will take the stage for an electrifying and all-encompassing performance led by guest conductor James Gourlay, General Director of Pittsburgh’s River City Brass.
Four talented bands from across the state of Michigan will join MCBB in this year’s Festival. They include: Birmingham Concert Band with conductor Grant Hoemke, Farmington Community Band with conductor Damien Crutcher, Oakland University Brass Band with conductor Kenneth Kroesche, and West Michigan Concert Winds with conductor Gail Brechting.
Motor City Festival of Bands 4 will begin with separate short and energetic 20-minute performances by each band. The afternoon will culminate with a riveting performance by all five bands of three major well-known works led by Gourlay. Stephen Bulla’s “Intrada Festivo” will kick-off the combined performance, followed by “Mars” from Holst’s The Planets, and finishing with one of the most famous American marches of all time, “The Stars & Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.
James Gourlay currently serves as General Director of Pittsburgh’s River City Brass,a full-time and professional brass band. Born in Scotland, Gourlay holds a DMA from the University of Salford, a MMus from the University of Leeds and is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music (FRNCM) and the London College of Music (FLCM). An active tuba player, he has performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London, and the Zurich Opera House Orchestra. Before leaving to serve as Director of River City Brass, Gourlay served as Deputy Principal (Music) at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Motor City Festival of Bands will take place on Sunday, March 10 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center (FCPAC) in Dearborn. Performances begin at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the FCPAC Box Office or online at dearborntheatre.com.