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MC’s bands take folk music, jazz

 road tour of northern Indiana


Manchester College’s bands will highlight great folk and jazz traditions of America on its fall tour of northern Indiana. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21, the musicians will conclude their tour with a home concert in Cordier Auditorium on campus.

The public is invited to the home concert, as well as its Church of the Brethren  performances in Fort Wayne and Nappanee. Admission is $3.

The Symphonic Band will play Irish Tune from County Derry (Danny Boy) and Shepherd’s Hey by Percy Grainger. Both are examples of the type of British folk songs that inspired American’s folk song traditions, Gindin notes.

Also on the program is an arrangement by Harold Walters of the “Symphony No. 5” finale from  New World by Antonin Dvorak, performed in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Dvorak’s death. “Dvorak wrote the New World while residing in the Midwest,” Gindin says. “Our musical traditions inspired him, and you can hear it in this piece.”

Among traditional folk greats, the program offers Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli, Suite of Old American Dances by Robert Russell Bennett, and exemplifying the bravado of the American spirit, Commando March by Samuel Barber and Dedicatory Overture by Clifton Williams.

The Jazz band selections include Malaguena, Birdland by Josef Zawinul, Bellavia by Chuck Mangione, Fever by John Davenport and Eddie Cooley, It Don’t Mean a Thing by Duke Ellington and Mills, Alexander’s Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin, Embraceable You by Ira and George Gershwin and Gospel John.

The public is invited to the Church of the Brethren concerts, both at 7:30 p.m. The Nappanee concert is Thursday, Nov. 18 in Union Center Church of the Brethren on County Road 11. The Fort Wayne concert is Friday, Nov. 19 in Agape Church of the Brethren, 11610 Lima Road.

The MC bands also will perform at Greencroft Retirement Community in Goshen, at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19.

Manchester is a Church of the Brethren college with 1,075 students from 23 states and 30 countries. Located in North Manchester, Ind., the liberal arts college offers more than 45 areas of study. For more information, visit


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