The Lansing Concert Band is a community band with a rich history, now celebrating 75 years in the mid-Michigan area. Today, the all-volunteer, adult concert band is a first-class performing ensemble, appearing in many concerts, festivals and civic functions throughout the year.
Year-round activities include: traditional, pops, and holiday concerts; children's concerts at MSU's Wharton Center attended by over 2,500 elementary students from Lansing and surrounding communities; performances for college graduations; outdoor park concerts; and other community events. For more than 20 years, the band has been featured in concert at the City of Lansing's Independence Day celebration at Riverfront Park.
The LCB is a member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the Association of Concert Bands, and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. The band receives funding through grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, and well as donations from members and the public. The band receives transportation assistance from the Marshall Music Company.
We are the official band of the City of Lansing.
The band averages 80 members.
We range in age from teens to 90+!
Our concerts are presented free or with discounted admission for students.
We reach hundreds of elementary students each year through our annual “Introduction to the Band” educational concerts.
Since 2010, we have awarded scholarships to talented high school soloists through our annual Young Artist Competition.
The LCB is a 501c3 organization, and is also a member of the Capital Region Community Foundation. We rely on a combination of individual donations, support from businesses and foundations, grants, concert sponsorships, and other earned revenue to cover the balance of our budget.
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Dr. Samuel McIlhagga
LCB Conductor and Artistic Director
Dr. Sam McIlhagga, is professor of music, chair of the department of music, and director of bands at Albion College where he directs the symphonic wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and oversees the “British Eighth” marching band. A strong advocate for contemporary classical and popular music, McIlhagga teaches courses in 20th century composers and composition, rock and roll in our society, and music performance as a creative process. While at Albion, he founded the Albion Chamber Players, a professional ensemble devoted to performing a wide variety chamber wind music. Prior to his appointment at Albion College, McIlhagga served as the band director at Sparta High School, as well as director of bands at Sinclair Community College and Grand Valley State University.
McIlhagga earned a PhD from the University of Minnesota, a Masters of Music in Wind Conducting from Northwestern University, and a Bachelors of Music Education from Grand Valley State University. He has studied conducting with professors Craig Kirchhoff and John Paynter. Active as a guest conductor and clinician, McIlhagga has worked with high school and middle school bands as well as honor bands across the Midwest. He has presented at the Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference, the College Band Directors National Association, the Michigan Music Conference, and the MMEA Collegiate Conference. Dr. McIlhagga is an active member in The CBDNA, National Association for Music Education, and Michigan Music Education Association.
President: John Endahl
Vice President: Deb Spalding
Secretary: Joy Rimpau
Treasurer: Mary Lander
Artistic Director: Sam McIlhagga
Business Manager: Elaine Endahl
Accountant: Sue Topping
Librarian: Deb Spalding
Percussion Manager: Diedra Garlock
Equipment Manager: Steve Beck
Children's Concert Coordinator: Barb Myckowiak
Bloomquist Prize Chair: Paul Gifford
Marketing: Kristen Lare
Graphic Design, Website and Social Media: Kelly Sandula-Gruner (Gruner Graphics)
Recording Engineer: Steve Simonson (All Around Audio)
Small ensembles: In addition to the concert band, the LCB also offers several small ensembles that perform at various functions, as well as a jazz big band. If your organization is looking for live music at an upcoming event and the space cannot accommodate the entire concert band, you might consider one of these ensembles. Please contact us for more information.