Band formerly known as CICB,

Fantastic job in Zumbrota yesterday. You sounded great, good weather, nice bandshell, fun audience. We had 40 members and sounded like 80! So many good comments afterwards. The directors of the bands before and after us asked for info on Hollywood Milestones so their band could play it next year. A member of one of the other bands came up and said, "Do you have any openings?" I know, right? And the organizers were so pleased. I think we'll get invited again.

Have a great and safe 4th and I look forward to seeing you on the 5th at Powderhorn. We will be playing the full, regular program.



To the band formerly known as the calhoun isles community band,

Thanks for working together last Tuesday to make the concert happen. I appreciate everyone showing up, and playing so well. The sound was quite good and the audience appreciated it.

Tomorrow we hit the road to Zumbrota. Allow plenty of time for travel. We are on at 3. As soon as the band before us is done, we quickly take the stage - kinda like Hopkins style. It may be 2:40, it may be 2:50. You will want to be there by 2:30 to find the place, scope it out, listen to the previous band, get your horn ready. Hopefully the weather cooperates.

We have 45 minutes to perform so will do a shortened set:

that's entertainment



(will not do 3rd planet or Lassus)

WW polka



Bellas is on the bubble if we run late


Will only do Curtain call if we end Hollywood before 3:42!





Oopus. I made a mistake in my last post saying our Como concert is Sunday. It's Monday. Sorry about that. 

During our concerts we always to an ask for donations. We would like to have a different member of the band give the ask at each summer series concert. During the voting session last Tuesday I was moved to hear the stories about what the CICB means to it's members. That the kind of word that needs to get out. If you are comfortable telling a short version of your story and asking our audience for financial support, please let me or Jeanette know - or any board member.

I also forgot to address the set up for the summer. Don't worry - we are using the same seating plan, the one we've used the last few weeks, for the whole summer. I just want to be sure that rows 1, 2 & 3 are evenly divided as sometimes we get off centered with too many people on one side or the other. Find your center member and set up from there being sure to leave plenty of space for flutes and horns. As always please try to set up in an open arc and not a closed horseshoe to help get the sound out. Also, try to set up as near to the front edge of the stage as possible so we can leave about an extra 4 feet between the 3rd and 4th row. This will allow the horn sound to get out much easier. And tubas, if there's room, please set up behind the bass trombones.



Let's Take This Show On The Road!

I really feel good about the upcoming summer series. The music is in hand, work crews are getting organized, subs are lined up. I think the audience will enjoy Music for a Darkened Theater.

Como is an amazing place to play with an appreciative audience. Can't wait for Monday. Remember the posted call times are when we start the downbeat for warm up. You may want to come 30 min before that to be sure you've found the site, haul your stuff in, set up. warm up, tune up, etc... 

This Sunday we will do a short warm up and run thru Curtain Call. You may want to take a look at this one and take a listen on You Tube. And remember to bring choreography. 

Tell your 'framily' about our summer series. Thanks for all you did this entire season and for preparing what should be a wonderful Summer Series.



When Summer Was Just Beginning


What a fun rehearsal. The band sounded so great. I know our audiences will love it. Thank you for your attendance and punctuality. Several members expressed appreciation.  And thank you for your help with the set up as well as your flexibility on rehearsal location. You put the 'community' in community band.

Just found out that we will have no alto saxes for our Powderhorn concert on June 26. If you know any alto players good enough to sight read our concert please let me know.

In the same vein, please be sure to let your section leader know as soon as you know of the conflict which will help them decide if subs need to be found.

We absolutely took over the Lowbrow after rehearsal last week. A full third of the band were in attendance. What fun. Please join us for the last 'afterglow' of the season this Tuesday.

This Tuesday we will do a non stop run of our summer show then have the member meeting. Please take time to think of some choreography for your section (or the full band) on Curtain Call. 0If you set up your music now you will have it in order for the rest of the summer. The concert is set up in 3 parts:



That's Entertainment (Mitch)

Remember Me



3rd Planet (Mitch)

Lassus Trombone (Mitch)

WW Polka


Planet Krypton



Hollywood Milestones


Curtain Call

follow up

I want to follow up from yesterday’s Director’s Notes post. But first a couple comments from the Rosemount Festival. My son Matt teaches in district 196 and said the Rosemount band directors were quite complimentary of your performance last Sunday. Then tonight as I was leaving the Eastview auditorium after Matt’s concert, a man from the audience came up to me and said, “Are you Tedd?” He recognized me from the festival as he was a trumpet player in the Rosemount Band! He also was very complimentary of your performance. Pretty cool. He also said he hoped they would do it again next year and that we’d be there!

After getting a couple e-mails from cicb members and re-reading my plea for punctuality post, I fear I may have come off as a bit authoritarian. That was not my intent. I greatly appreciate and value your thoughts and now understand both sides of the issue better. I often hear from members, “where is everybody,” and “why can’t we start on time.” Mitch and I have discussed but not known how to address the issue.

Lately, we’ve had less and less members ready for a 7p downbeat. Not wanting to start even later I sent out the note. In retrospect the topic is better suited to an Open Forum setting at a fall rehearsal so everyone can express their views. The written word is too often misunderstood.

Several members have told me they can never be on time due to work, travel distance, and other scheduling issues, which I understand. I appreciate their communication.

Do I want you to speed or drive in an unsafe manner to get to rehearsal in time? Certainly not. Do I want you to get in trouble at work for leaving early for band? Of course not. Nor do I want you to miss your child’s events. I know there will be conflicts and not everyone has the ability to be on time all the time.

At the community band convention I attended all the band directors in one of our sessions expressed they had the same problems with attendance and punctuality. I just want to be sure we’re doing the best we can for each other. I’m not asking for any more than that.

Full transparency, I’m not quite back to 100% yet, but band is wonderful therapy. Each member of this band is special to me and I value our time together. If I have come off as uncaring the past month I apologize.

I always love hearing from you, as I did from the 2 e-mailers today. Never hesitate to ask for clarification or offer suggestions. It’s your band. Perhaps you have solutions I’d never thought of. I will try to attend the afterglow after every rehearsal from now on to be more available to members. And of course, feel free to express thoughts before and after rehearsal as well as at the break.

With respect and appreciation,



a plea


More and more of are coming late to our rehearsals. I don't know why this is or if it's something I am somehow enabling. As a community band we owe many things to each other. Arriving on time is a the easiest way to show your band mates that you respect their time as well as the overall rehearsal time. Speaking for those who arrive in a timely manner, it's discouraging to be one of the handful that adhered to the call time. Remember 7p is the downbeat - not the arrival time. For me it is awkward to improv on extending the warm up until everyone has sat down. You need to arrive in time to park, set up, warm up and tune on your own. 6:55 is the latest you could arrive and get this accomplished. My plea is that we all observe this for our last two rehearsals and into the summer series. thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Nice work last Tuesday. It's going to be a fun summer series. Be sure your section leader knows of any conflicts with the concert dates. The earlier the better so we can plan accordingly. 

Let's set up this Tuesday like this:


WW Polka

Remember Me

Curtain Call


possibly repeat WW polka and Curtain Call

Other tunes as time allows (That's Ent, 3rd Planet, Krypton, Fiddler, Milestones)


Rosemount and next rehearsal


We had a good rehearsal tonight in preparation for the Rosemount Community Band Festival. 45 of our 75 members are able to make it - from the sounds of tonight I'd say we're in for a great performance. There was a suggestion to call the smaller band the Calhoun Executive Band. Some notes for Sunday:

Take time to look over your music noting the things we changed tonight.

Dress is concert black - look nice.

3:15 Arrive at Rosemount High School3335 142nd St W. Parking may be an issue. Find our 'homeroom' for cases and warm up. There will be Rosemount guides there to help. 

3:45 Move to performing arts center.

4:00 First band plays

4:35 CICB moves to stage/set up

4:45 our performance (invite your friends and family)

5:20 we are done, move off stage quickly and take seats back in auditorium

7:00 End of festival. They are asking bands to help move the equipment back to the Rosemount Band Room


We will begin working on the summer program. Expect most of this rehearsal to be on:

Remember Me (will be handed out)

Woodwind Polka

Curtain Call (is coming back out if you turned it in)

Lassus Trombone 



Kudos and Beyond


Congrats on another fantastic performance. It is always so much fun making music with you. The audience was very appreciative. Here's my incomplete post performance attempt at giving concert kudos:

-Kelly & Laura for MCing. You did such a great job keeping the audience entertained and informed. Thank you for being willing to do this and for the extra time it took to prepare. And Laura you delivered the perfect 'ask' for donations.

-Chris Brand for your perfect arrangement of Planet Krypton. Great way to start a movies concert.

-Megan for the program and poster

-Our talented flute section for a beautiful performance of Bella's Lullaby

-ALL of the soloists throughout the concert. Sorry I didn't acknowledge you at the concert but you were terrific.

-The jazz band for your extra time and for providing some additional spice to the concert (btw I need the music back at rehearsal this Tuesday)

-The Calhoun Chorale for singing on the Impossible Dream (Mission?)

-Everyone who helped tear down. You tore down in 30 minutes what took 3 hours to assemble!

-The concert audience for finding our new location and sharing their night with us

-The JP auditorium for being light and bright. The cheery colors made the night a bit more fun for everyone. 

-CICB for preparing a wonderful concert with limited time and while being flexible to our new environs.

-And to everyone else I forgot to mention, you are awesome!


Rehearsal this Tuesday will be dedicated to performing at the Rosemount Community Band Festival. If for some reason you cannot attend this concert, you will not need to come to this rehearsal as I want to get the feel for the group that will be performing. We will be playing Third Planet, Fiddler, Diversion, JCS (with cut) and Saturn only.

Then we are all back together for rehearsal on the 22nd to start preparations for the Summer Series. Take time to get our summer dates in your calendar and let your section leader know of any conflicts. The summer concerts will consist of:

That's Entertainment

Remember Me from Coco

JCS (with cut)

Interlude = Third Planet, Lassus Trombone,  Woodwind Polka

Planet Krypton


Bella's Lullaby

Hollywood Milestones


That's Entertainment!


Thanks for your work and positive energy tonight. It's always a pleasure to be with you and make music. I appreciate your flexibility in our locations and for putting up with the heat. 

I think we're in for a fun concert on Tuesday. I am a bit concerned with the timing as we need to carry all the equipment up to the stage and set up. If you have time to come early we can use your help. I'd like to start the warm up right at 6:30 if possible. The downbeat will be 7p no matter what.

I'm looking forward to see what you wear and bring to the concert. Red carpet dress? costumes representing one of our pieces? props? Be creative (and bring your camera).

At this point in the season you know what to do to prepare for the big show, and I have some packing to do for tomorrow. Check last weeks notes to get concert order, etc...



News and Notes


It was so good to be with you last night making music. You're sounding great and I'm excited about the Pops! What fun. As always, get the word out and maybe we can pack the JP auditorium. 

I'd like to apologize for the somewhat awkward environment I created at the beginning of rehearsal yesterday. I was under the impression that you had been informed of my mother's passing via an e-mail blast or rehearsal announcement. Thank you for allowing me the indulgence to speak about my mom a bit. She truly was one of your biggest fans. And thank you to the members that sent the bouquet for the service.

This Tuesday is our dress rehearsal. We will run all our music straight thru with our emcees. The order of the concert is:

Planet Krypton

That's Entertainment

Bella's Theme

Hollywood Milestones

(3 jazz band charts)

Fiddler on the Roof

The Impossible Dream

Jesus Christ Superstar (with cut) 

After that we will have one rehearsal for the Rosemount gig on Sunday May 20 at 4p at Rosemount HS. Our program will consist of:

Fanfare for the Third Planet

Fiddler on the Roof


Jesus Christ Superstar

Saturn, the Ringed Planet

Then just 2.5 rehearsals before the summer series! The summer line up will be:

Planet Krypton

Fanfare for the Third Planet


Lassus Trombone

Woodwind Polka

That's Entertainment

Hollywood Milestones

Fiddler on the Roof

Bella's Lullaby

Jesus Christ Superstar (with cut)

(there will be no ensemble break)

That should make for an hour concert - should be a ton of fun. If we have time, its possible we could add Curtain Call in as the encore. The rest of the music in your folder will be turned in soon.


lot's o' important stuff

Great rehearsal on Tuesday. Everyone found it okay, we were able to start on time and get a lot done. I was really impressed with how many came with their Superstar parts edited and ready to go. That saved a lot of time on this. Thank you!


For the last 3 rehearsals, the jazz band will be rehearsing from 6-7 in the band room for lack of other space. Feel free to set up and be seated around the jazzers so we can make a quick change.


Thank you so much for your quick work tearing down. Just a bit over 5 minutes and we were done. We will have to do that each night. I would ask those of you who helped put the room back in order last Tuesday to keep doing your same job after every rehearsal, or be sure someone does it for you.


The JP set up is:

Row 1 =  12 + 8 (chaires + stands)

Row 2 = 8 + 6

Row 3 = 11 + 5

Row 4 2 + 2


Practice room 1 (nearest door) = 5 + 4

Practice 2 = 4 + 3

Practice 3 = 3 + 2

Practice 4 = 2 + 2


Stack and rack our chairs


Help percussion


Put the horn cases from the floor back to the top side riser


Everyone out asap.


As of now the order of the concert will be:

Planet Krypton (great job on this Chris! Thanks for doing it)

That’s Entertainment

Bella’s Lullaby

Hollywood Milestones

3 tunes from jazz band


Impossible Dream



We will rehearse in this order – except starting with JCS and going back to the beginning.


Remember to tell your section leader if you can make the Sunday May 20 concert in Rosemount at 4p.






Meas 1-12

-m. 2 fermata during bass clarinet/flute cadenza

-m. 12 accent last note of measure, play short, grand pause



Meas 1-71

Add accel into measure 37

Measure 65-71 will not be conducted



Meas 8-34

-m. 8 count 1 is silent, come in on 2.

-m. 8 if you have 2 8th notes on count 4, change to 4 16th

-m. 34 will just be a low woodwind solo, upper ww are out



Meas 15-downbeat of 144

-m. 15-18 horns, bones & euphs are out

-m. 32 trumpets add 3 8th note pickups on E into 33

-m 33 more aggressive, a bit faster

-m. 33 percussion add humorous traps



Meas. 80 to the end

-Repeat meas 88-89 – 1st time=only melody, percussion and bass line, 2nd add saxes (trumpets out)

-m. 96 if your part starts with an 8th note and 8th rest, play 2nd time only


JC Superstar edits

The signature piece of the Pops Concert is Jesus Christ Superstar. With 3 arrangements of it in your folders you probably guessed that – and you probably guessed there will be some edits. None of the arrangements does everything I’m looking for – but together I think we are going to have a very special rendition.

Instead of a rehearsal this week, please take time to edit your parts so we can be ready to rehearse it on April 10.

The 3 arrangements are:




Meas 1-13

-Put a fermata on meas 2, we will add a short cadenza there for piccolo and bass clarinet. I will have that on the 10th.

-In meas 13 play the 8th note on the ‘and’ of 2 short and accented with no sustain.


Cut to LEWIS

Meas 1 thru meas 71

add accel into 37


Cut to O’BRIEN

Meas 8 (count 2) thru 34.

If you have 2 8th notes on count 4 of meas 8, change it to 4 16th notes.



Meas 15 thru downbeat of 144.

Eliminate any long tones from 15 thru 18. We will insert a piccolo solo I will bring on 10th.

Meas 144, play downbeat only, transition to:



Meas 80 to end


I appreciate your time getting this edit ready – it will save time next Tuesday.


Spring Anew


1) Thank you for taking time to read this. Lot's of info for you.

2) Thank you for coming to rehearsal on short notice. You sounded great on the 2 tunes we read. I was really impressed. It's good we took that time as we found out later that night that now we CANNOT rehearse on Tuesday April 3. Bummer. So we are back to the 3 rehearsals and a dress before the pops concert on May 8! 

3) Thank you for your help moving out of Jefferson and into Justice Page Middle (JP). 

So the next time we gather will be Tuesday April 10 at Justice Page at 7. Please come early to find the school, the band room and where you sit, etc... Shall be interesting. I think it will work out well and will fun to be in a band room. 

You will have to bring your own folding stand though. They have limited stands that will go to percussion and those who may have forgotten. 

The seating will be a bit cozy in some rows. We all may have to give a little here and there. There are 4 rows. The set up will be as follows from the director's viewpoint, from our left to right:

row 4 = tubas, euphs, trombone 3-2-1, string bass (16 chairs)

row 3 = trumpets, horns (16 chairs)

row 2 = clar 2-3, bass clar, bassoons, bari, tenor, altos (20 chairs) NOTE TO ALTOS - you will most likely 'spill' off the riser to floor level. (20 chairs) 

row 1 = clar 1, oboe, picc, flute 2-1 (13 chairs)

Percussion will be off to the left side as at Jefferson. There are 2 large pillars in the band room so there will be some 'obstructed view' seats!

I'm glad we got the music out on Tuesday as we need to do some practice in preparation for our next rehearsal realizing time is limited! As of now the program will be:

Planet Kryton (brass fanfare)

(possibly a short 'flag waver here')

Arthurs Theme

Bella's Lullaby

Hollywood Milestones

3 charts by our jazz band!

Fiddler on the Roof

Impossible Dream (I will bring vocal parts to the next rehearsal - please consider singing)

Superstar - a combination of the 3 arrangements mostly coming from the Mancin (and a pretty good dose of the Lewis arrangement)

We will not have time to prepare Right Stuff or Curtain Call. Should be a fun concert.

Let me know if you have questions. 

Have a great Easter and see you at JP on the 10th!






Congratulations to all for a stellar performance last Tuesday! I was so impressed with the level of your music making. Sure, there will always be those moments we'd like to do over, but with the amount of difficult time and the amount of rehearsals, the concert was stunning. There were so many moments you sounded absolutely 'symphonic'! So many good comments after. I hope you enjoyed!

Now for the post concert kudos where I always forget at least one person - here we go:

-Kelly Jones for your time and energy arranging Venus

-Horns for your feature on Pluto, and Leah for the beautiful solo in Venus

-Mitch - great job conducting and play, the first 2 pieces were terrific

-Everyone who dressed up. You not only showed respect to your band mates, but also to our appreciative audience who came to hear/see you perform. You looked great - very classy.

-Megan for the program and poster

-Everyone that had audience members attend

-Ann our piano player. Great job!

-set up and tear down crews

-Mimi for holding down the string bass part. It adds so much

-Elisabeth for your enthusiasm and awesome poem

-The band members that have their names on the donor list for giving above and beyond

-everyone else that I have forgotten (sorry)

Okay, now kudos to other sections that had great nights:

-bassoons, I had comments saying how great it was to have 3 bassoons, and 3 great players at that!

-percussion, has improved greatly in the past year. You had such a good concert and added so much. I also appreciate the extra time you give to set up and tear down. 


Now we have the opportunity to bring our music making to a new site. I like a new challenge and am looking forward to the change. We don't know what next year or the year after holds, but let's make the most out of our new digs. Sounds like we will just be doing egress and ingress next week and taking the next week off for spring break (spring? really? soon please!) So what we thought would be the normal 5 rehearsals and a dress for pops, we are left with 3 rehearsals and a dress. Then 1 rehearsal for Rosemount and 2-3 for the summer. Yikes! You know what I'm going to say here - please make every effort to be at each rehearsal, and on time so we can make the best use of our limited time. 

I've chosen a program centered around music for the stage and screen, "Music for a Darkened Theater." The music for the concert is as follows. Please take time to listen to quality recordings and practice as per usual. It should be a ton of fun!

Planet Krypton (brass fanfare)

Hollywood Milestones

Bella's Lullaby

The Right Stuff

Fiddler on the Roof

Arthur's Theme

The Impossible Dream (I would like to make a small chorus of band members to sing on this)

Jesus Christ Superstar

Curtain Call

Obviously we will cut things as needed. Many of these will also be used in the summer. For Rosemount I am thinking of doing one from the pops, Saturn and Jupiter. For now we are keeping everything in the folder.

Have a great week. See you Tuesday, one more time at Jefferson.


The rest is up to you


I am so looking forward to hearing you perform this coming Tuesday! The band has made great strides the past few weeks. I feel we have covered everything, the rest of the prep is on us all as individuals. Some ideas that work for me as we all prep - and some reminders:

-One more listen thru of quality recordings

-Practice, not so you just get it right, but until there is no way it could go wrong

-Check that your horn et al are ready. Polish the brass

-Invite and re-invite everyone, get the posters out there

-Get some rest and eat right to be be ready and enjoy the performance to the max

-Wear your best concert black

-Call is 6:30, that's when the warm up starts. Please come early to set up, tune up, warm up

-Please put your cases in the back hallway

-Let your section leader know if you are coming late so we have a chair for you

-We will only be touching on music as needed for our piano player during the warm up (beginning of Mars, end of Venus, end of Uranus)

Concert starts right at 7:00:

EARTH (Mitch talks)

SATURN (I talk)

PLUTO (board member talks)

then there will be a very short intermission, just a few minutes to re-set, stand and stretch, and tune again.

Then it is the Holst straight thru without interruption. Please have the 4 mvts out and ready on your stand:





Then we all stand, we all meet and greet, we all tear down for the last time at Jefferson, and we all go to the Afterglow.

Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week and a great concert.




Good headway was made on Tuesday, we are light years ahead of where we were just weeks ago. We endured some spotty attendance but kudos to these sections for being at 100%






Please make every effort to be at our dress rehearsal this Tuesday and out of respect for your band mates, please come early enough to be ready for a 7:00 downbeat.

There is much left to be done, but the good news is that everything can be fixed at home be each of us through practice and listening. 

Here is the order for the Dress:








We will then take a break and spend the last part of the rehearsal working on problem spots and taking requests for things you'd like to go over one more time.

Lastly - be sure you are getting the invites out. No one will come if they don't know about it and you deserve a large crowd for this one.



That's more like it!


Like many of you, I felt the cicb performed much better this last Tuesday. Great strides on Jupiter and Mars. Another fun rehearsal. Let's all take time this week to prepare for rehearsal this coming Tuesday. Keep working those parts that still need some tlc.

I'd especially ask you to work on Venus. The parts are right. We need to work on balance and intonation. We also need to take time to consider the accidentals, esp the double flats and sharps. Listen to a good recording then play thru your part. I will do the same. This piece takes great musicianship. 

Altos and clarinets, work the first 5 measure of Jupiter. Get us off to a great start on this masterpiece. 

Two rehearsals/performances till show time - lets' set Tuesday up like this:





Mars 159-end




Tighten your Kuiper Belt


Terrific work last Tuesday everyone. I appreciate you help setting up/tearing down for sectionals. From what I've heard they were very beneficial. Thank you section leaders! Feel free to gather before rehearsal anytime you'd like to delve into another sectional.

I've been enjoying studying the music for this coming rehearsal after our play through. I'm reflecting on where we're at and listening to 'Lenny' and the NY Phil. What terrific music. I can't get over that we have an opportunity to  play this masterpiece. 

There is much to do in our 3 remaining rehearsals, hopefully we can get it all done. I need to encourage you as a member of the team to prepare for rehearsal (practice and listening), be at rehearsal and be on time (please come before 7 - earlier to properly prepare). Have a pencil so we can make quick work with notes. And of course enjoy every minute of making music with this fine group. As Warren Benson said, "there are no rehearsals, only performances." Come on time Tuesday ready to perform, ready to make music - so we don't need to practice individual parts. If we all do this we are gong to have a stunning performance. And if you ask at least 10 people to come, we will be able to share our good work with a full house!

Have your music set up:




The Magician


Mitch's Worlds

Practice v Rehearsal


Hope you are having a good week and that your individual practice is going well. This Tuesday we will see how it is paying off. The first half of rehearsal this week will be devoted to sectional time. Section leaders will be taking you thru our concert music starting right at 7:00. Look for an email letting you know to which room you should report. We are all busy people, but please make every effort to be on time. Consider coming early to help your section leader set up that room. You will need to take stands from the stage (or bring folding) but most rooms should have chairs. The 2nd half of the rehearsal will begin at 8:05 on stage with the full band doing a play thru of the entire concert. This will give you, Mitch and I a good idea of what remains to work on during these last few weeks. Any extra time at the end of rehearsal will be spent on Venus. Kelly has done such a wonderful job arranging this beautiful piece for us. 

Keep spreading the word about the Planets concert. Word of mouth goes a long way and you know people are going to enjoy it. Let's pack the place. Rehearsing this program has been a delight.


Earth, the Third Planet

Saturn, the Ringed Planet

Pluto, A Fanfare for New Horizons

Mars, the Bringer of War

Venus, the Bringer of Peace

Uranus, the Magician

Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity