The Lakeland Civic Band is a concert band/wind ensemble composed of Lakeland students, high school players, school music teachers, directors, and community musicians. The Lakeland Civic Band is one of the few community college groups recognized with the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Silver Scroll Award for musical excellence and service to the community. The Lakeland Civic Band is currently under the direction of Mr. Daniel Crain during spring and fall semesters and Mr. Frank Cosenza during the summer term.
The purpose of the fund is intended to be flexible, so that it can support a wide variety of opportunities the benefit the Lakeland Civic Band and its reach to the community. Activities that may be supported include, but are not limited, to:
Operations: Operational support of the Lakeland Civic Band.
Supplies and Equipment: Music related needs, such as performance and stage equipment, music library, etc.
Development: The commission of original works.
Performer Fees: Guest performer fees.
Travel: Travel for Lakeland Civic Band performances.
Other Performances: Performances/programs at Lakeland for students and the community.
Equipment: Music related equipment.
Facility Improvements: Improvements to the Dr. William and Mrs. Evelyn Fletcher Memorial Music Room.
Current Lakeland students and community members are encouraged to participate or be a part of the audience for the Lakeland Civic Band:
Participate: Lakeland welcomes community members to audition for one of (or multiple) music ensembles. Visit Music Ensemble for more information on eligibility, requirements, days and times, etc.
Audience: Lakeland welcomes all individuals interested in listening to the Lakeland Civic Band, and please bring guests! Visit Arts at Lakeland for most up-to-date information on upcoming performance details.
The Lakeland Civic Band was founded by Mr. Charles Frank in 1977 with the purpose of providing an opportunity for instrumentalists from the area to perform band literature of the highest quality. Its membership is drawn from Lakeland students, talented high school players, school music teachers and directors, and community musicians who are selected by audition. In addition to hosting guest artists and conductors, the band features several of its members as soloists or conductors each season. The band’s 20th Anniversary featured the world renowned Dr. Frederick Fennell as guest conductor; the 25th Anniversary featured Col. John Bourgeois, former conductor of the U.S. Marine Band; the 30th Anniversary featured Loras John Schissel, renowned conductor of the Blossom Festival Band; and the 35th Anniversary featured Col. Timothy Foley, also former conductor of the U.S. Marine Band.
During its history, the Lakeland Civic Band has commissioned four original compositions including “Poem for Band” by Dr. Rex Mitchell, formerly of Clarion State University in Pennsylvania; “Ode to a Clocktower” composed in honor of the band’s 25th Anniversary by former Lakeland faculty member, Dan Rager; “Suite: The American West” by Lakeland faculty member, Dr. Stephen Stanziano; and “Mysterious Marvels,” by Lakeland Music Department Chair Dr. Matthew Saunders. In addition to its regular schedule of concerts held at Lakeland each year, in recent years the band has performed at Mentor High School, Perry High School, Wickliffe High School, Lakeside High School, Kirtland Middle School, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus, the Kent State University Stark Campus, and Severance Hall. The band also provides music each spring for Lakeland’s annual commencement exercises. During summer semesters, the Lakeland Civic Band performs outdoor concerts at venues such as the James A. Garfield National Historic Site and the Mentor Civic Amphitheater.
The Lakeland Civic Band has been honored by invitations to perform for national, state and regional conferences including the Ohio Music Education Association Conferences in 1980, 1985, 1991, 2003 and 2006; the North Central Regional Conference of the College Band Directors National Association at The Ohio State University in 1982; the National Convention of the American School Band Directors Association in Columbus, Ohio in 1993; and the National Convention of the Association of Concert Bands in Lisle, Illinois in 1998. The civic band and chorus were invited to perform at the Chautauqua Institute in 1997, 1999 and 2002. In 1997, the Lakeland Civic Band received the Sudler Silver Scroll Award presented by the Sousa Foundation in recognition of musical excellence and service to the community. The Lakeland Civic Band is one of the few community college groups that have received this award based on an evaluation of continued musical achievements and performance tapes.
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