Congratulations to Karl Rueterbusch, who was selected as the 2020 Bloomquist Prize winner. Karl is a 16-year-old marimbist from Frankenmuth. He currently performs with the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble and the Mott Community College Jazz Band. Karl won first place in the Flint School of Performing Arts Concerto Competition, and performed as a soloist with the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra in the 2018-19 season. He was selected to perform at the Indiana University Ensemble Camp Honors Recital, and has also received numerous scholarships, including the St. Cecilia Society and Paul Torre Music Awards. Musicians he is inspired by include John Coltrane, Olivier Messiaen, and Igor Stravinsky.
Karl will be the featured soloist at an upcoming concert. The exact date and time will be determined after COVID-19 restrictions have lifted. He will perform the Concerto for Marimba written by Emmanuel Séjourné.
The 2020–21 season marks our 75th anniversary. To celebrate the milestone, we have commissioned a new work for concert band from composer Andrew Boysen.
We are excited to announce a Zoom with Andrew Boysen Monday, October 26 at 7:00. Our conductor Dr. McIlhagga will act as moderator, and will chat with Mr. Boysen about "The Lakes", the work written for Lansing Concert Band's 75th anniversary. Boysen will discuss ideas and themes he used, his composing process, etc.
All participants are asked to follow this meeting protocol: mute your audio, let Dr. McIlhagga talk directly with Mr. Boysen, and use the text chat function to ask any questions. Details and links on the LCB Facebook page.