MARSHALL — For the first time in three years, the Marshall City Band will entertain crowds at the Liberty Park Bandshell.
The group is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights starting June 8. They will continue until July 20 except the week of July 4. A concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening will take the place of a concert on Wednesday that week.
“The Town Band Never Left” said SMSU Group Manager John Ginocchio, who will be one of three conductors for the 2022 season. “We had to suspend concerts during the pandemic, but the city has never wavered in its commitment to keep the band going. This year we had the opportunity to bring it back.
Ginocchio will share conductor duties with retired Marshall High School Band director Wayne Ivers and Marshall Schools orchestra director Wes Myers.
He said the trio will each do some directing for all concerts. They look forward to continuing the leadership traditions of former bandleaders Leo Yorde and Bob Meffert, who served as the only two bandleaders of the Marshall City Band for more than 50 years.
Meffert passed away last winter, creating the need for new leadership to revive the band’s gigs.
“Bob has done a terrific job as a bandleader for many years,” said Ginocchio. “We plan to carry on the tradition. We’ll be playing some of the music the band is known for, and we’ll also be adding songs from newer composers.
He said there will always be a weekly children’s march, with at least one song specifically for children. There will also be marches by Sousa and other traditional songwriters.
He added that one of the bandleaders’ goals is to attract young adults to concerts, as well as those from older generations who are longtime fans of the band in town.
“The new music should appeal to younger music fans, and it will be something different for older viewers” he said. “We aim for a good variety of music from a range of time periods.”
The 2022 band will feature many people who have played in the past, as well as new band members. All are looking forward to performing on the bandshell stage.
“We are excited to come back and play for the community,” said Ginocchio. “It should be a good summer for the band and for the music fans.”
The city orchestra concerts will be followed later this summer by two more Wednesday night concerts sponsored by the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council.
Lynn Mullins will perform on July 27 and will be followed on August 3 by a concert featuring the Roe Family Singers.
Marshall Community Services Community Education Coordinator Amanda Beckler said there is strong interest from city officials and band members to bring the band back to town in 2022. organizers are hoping for strong public participation each Wednesday evening.
“People felt it was time for the band to come back” says Becker. “We contacted members and potential new members and had a very good response. We look forward to a full season. I hope everyone will come out to enjoy the music.