Our continuing mission is to provide Lansing and surrounding communities with top-quality symphonic band musical entertainment, and to fill the need of adult musicians who wish to continue their musical growth beyond that of high school and college instrumental programs.

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.

Our members

We are the official band of the City of Lansing.

The band averages 80 members.

We range in age from teens to 90+!

Committment to music education

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

Financial facts

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. Samuel McIlhagga recently was granted emeritus status as professor of music at Albion College. During his seventeen years at Albion he has served as chair of the department of music as well as director of bands, directing the symphonic wind ensemble, jazz collective, and the "British Eighth" marching band. As a strong advocate for contemporary classical and popular music, McIlhagga taught courses in 20th century composers and composition, rock and roll in society, and music performance as a creative process. While at Albion, he also founded the Albion Chamber Players, a professional ensemble devoted to performing a wide variety of chamber wind music. Prior to his appointment at Albion College, McIlhagga served for six years as the band director at Sparta High School, and as director of bands at Sinclair Community College and Grand Valley State University.

McIlhagga earned a PhD from the University of Minnesota, an MM in wind conducting from Northwestern University, and his BME from Grand Valley State University. He has studied conducting with professors Craig Kirchhoff and John Paynter. Continuing to be active as a guest conductor and clinician, McIlhagga has worked with high school and middle school bands and honor bands across the Midwest. He has presented nationally and internationally at music conferences on topics including the musical and poetic collaboration of William Walton and Edith Sitwell, the music and compositional style of Andrew Boysen, and the importance of general music in secondary schools. Dr. McIlhagga has been married to Kristin for 25 years and together the Drs. McIlhagga have two beautiful children, Ollie and Annie, and one big great dane, Coraline.

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LCB Officers

President: John Endahl
Vice President: Deb Spalding
Secretary: Joy Rimpau
Treasurer: Mary Lander

Board of Directors

Steve Beck
John Endahl
Mary Lander 
Dave McLeod
Joy Rimpau
Kelly Sandula-Gruner
Deb Spalding

LCB Staff & Volunteers

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: Carolyn Sherrill
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.

Lansing Concert Band

P.O. Box 11152
Lansing, MI 48901
517-321-3274

Mission

Our continuing mission is to provide Lansing and surrounding communities with top-quality symphonic band musical entertainment, and to fill the need of adult musicians who wish to continue their musical growth beyond that of high school and college instrumental programs. The Lansing Concert Band accepts new members by audition, however most sections do not have open seats at this time. 

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