We are excited to be in our 20th year of making music for our community! We will be celebrating all year long!
Check out our upcoming events page to see where you can catch us next! :)
Many have been asking what our 2017 Concert Schedule was... we will update this as soon as we know more, but here is what we have now!
We are extending a personal invitation to you, your friends and family to celebrate the Christmas season with the Mississinewa Valley Band. The Yuletide Spectacular at the Phillippe will be Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Phillippe Performing Arts Center at Indiana Wesleyan University. The MVB will be welcoming, Soprani Compagni, Emily Goins, Michelle Shattuck, and the IWU Saxophone Quartet to make this year’s show special. The evening will also consist of some of our well known traditions as well including, our Flute Choir, and the Mississinewa Valley Swing Band. To finish off the evening we invite EVERYONE to join us for a cookie and punch reception following the performance.
We hope to see you there.
On November 5th, Indiana Wesleyan University will be hosting it's first Brass Day. This is an opportunity for area brass musicians to work alongside college students while learning from our faculty and guest artists. The cost is only $10 which does not include lunch. There are places on campus to eat during the lunch break (including Chick-Fil-A).
Our two guest artists are Greg Alley and Chance Trottman-Hueit. Greg was principal trumpet with the U.S. Army West Point Band for over 20 years and currently performs with the Holland Symphony and Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass. Chance is an active substitute with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the tuba instructor at IPFW. He is currently pursuing his DMA at Michigan State. Dr. James Kraft will be leading the Trombones/Euphoniums. He is a former 2nd trombone with the National Symphony Orchestra and former member of the Navy Band Washington D.C. Michael Flanagin is the Director of Bands at Indiana Wesleyan University and received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and played in the top ensembles while there. He is a GREAT horn player.
Below is the schedule and attached is a flyer. Please let me know if you have any questions. Anyone interested can sign up at: https://iwumus.wordpress.com/.
Let me know if you have any questions
9:15-10:00 Instrument Specific Warm-ups/masterclasses
10:00-11:15 Mass Brass Rehearsal
11:15-12:15- Presentations- This will consist of two 30 minute sessions. One will be led by our guest artist Greg Alley. The other will be led by me talking about life after college (private teaching, website design, and graduate school searches).
1-1:15 Mass Brass Dress Rehearsal (in recital hall)
1:15-1:30 Reset/Preset Stage
2:30-5PM IWU Pep Band
We want to say a BIG thank you to these Sponsors. Whether they are Cooperate, Concert, section sponsors. We always have a big showing of patrons who support the MISSISSINEWA VALLEY BAND!
WE SAY THANK YOU!
These sponsors are listed on our next program coming September 20th at 7:30pm
Community choir reunites for second time
BY Navar Watson - NWatson@chronicle-tribune.com | Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:00 am (Published by the Chronicle-Tribune.
Choir director Chuck Kenworthy jokes with members of the Mississinewa Valley Choir while giving instructions during rehearsal Tuesday evening at Marion High School.
Last year the Mississinewa Valley Band introduced a new community choir to perform at its annual Sacred Concert, and this year, choir members are reconvening to make it happen again.
Band saxophone player Chuck Kenworthy was appointed as choir director last year, given his past in directing vocalists. He said he hoped for 100 choir members last year, got about 110 and now hopes to have just as many if not more this year.
Anyone in the community is able to join.
"These are great, great people in the community," Kenworthy said. "A lot of churches have dropped their choirs, so people who like to sing don't have a whole lot of opportunity. ... This is another opportunity for them to sing."
The choir's first rehearsal for the 2016 sacred concert, scheduled for Sept. 20, took place Tuesday, involving former members and new members. Kenworthy said he invites anyone else who is interested to come to the second rehearsal on Sept. 6.
Choir members have three rehearsals and a dress rehearsal the night before the concert.
The choir has only performed with the band, though Kenworthy has talked about the possibility of it becoming its own entity and performing at different venues throughout the year. He and the band have not decided whether to try that.
Earlier this summer, the choir joined the band for a second time, singing "Battle Hymn of the Republic" during Gas City's Concerts in the Park.
Ryan D. Drown, administrative assistant, public relations manager and board member of the Mississinewa Valley Band, said the choir enhances the night's performance.
"It adds something different," Drown said. "Our value is that we're always doing something better, and this is something that is making us better."
About 40 people showed up to the initial rehearsal Tuesday night, including Skip McCarthy, who was also involved last year. He said he has enjoyed his time with the choir and the people he has met through it.
He also said the Mississinewa Valley Choir is also a good opportunity for people who want to join a choir but don't think they have the time.
"A lot of people these days don't have an interest in joining a choir because they don't have the time," McCarthy said. "(But) this is not a gigantic time commitment."
The choir will rehearse mainly on its own and convene with the band for a dress rehearsal the night before the concert. The concert itself will not differ too much from the past, though the band will be performing "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King, Drown said - a song not often played by concert bands.
During the sacred concert, the choir will perform two song medleys, Kenworthy said, ending off with "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee" by Henry van Dyke and set to the melody of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."
"Our goal is to always have something enjoyable, and that's what we strive for," Drown said.
The sacred concert will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Phillippe Performing Arts Center at Indiana Wesleyan University.
IWU honors community band director with Maidenberg Award
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 11:00 AM
Indiana Wesleyan University awarded Grant County local John Brane with the 2016 Tony Maidenberg Award for community service during the annual employee convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 24. President David Wright presented the award commending Brane for his years of community service as the co-founder and director of the Mississinewa Valley Band.
After retiring as the Eastbrook Junior High School band director, Brane created the nonprofit Mississinewa Valley Band in 2000 with the purpose of providing quality entertainment that is accessible to the public. The community band averages 55 volunteer musicians, representing ten counties. The Mississinewa Valley Band presents three concerts each year at the Phillippe Performing Arts Center on IWU's campus, playing for audiences of 700 to 1,000 people. The musical group also presents a series of summer outdoor concerts in Marion and surrounding communities.
In addition to directing the band, Brane also founded the Van Buren Do-It organization in his hometown of Van Buren, Indiana. The organization works with volunteers to care for flowers as well as clean and maintain sidewalks in the town's business area.
"John Brane is a leading example of someone who is using his God-given gifts to serve his community," said Wright. "His dedication, servant leadership and passion are ever present in his life, and we are honored to present to him the 2016 Tony Maidenberg Award."
In 2002, IWU introduced its annual award for community service as a way to recognize specific individuals for exceptional commitment and selflessness among their neighbors. Maidenberg, a former mayor of Marion and a former Indiana state senator, was its first recipient. The award was later named in his honor, and has been presented to 15 recipients to date.