Thank you, Municipal Band

To the editor:

A fitting end to this centennial concert season would be a huge word of thanks to the members of the Marshall Municipal Band. They bring a high level of skills and desire to perform a demanding and varied program of band music every week of our season. They are a joy to direct and their devotion to do this season after season is what makes this so successful. Many members have played for decades. Let us not forget the newer members who add their talents to keep this band going for these 100 years. Also, thank you to the public for listening to these fine musicians. You inspire us.

This year I would like to call attention to another very special group of people in the Marshall community. This group is made up of the people who are behind the scenes and do the things that make our public performances possible. We operate out of the Marshall Community Services Department at City Hall. Scott Vandermillen and Amanda Beckler were in constant touch this whole season to see that things were on track. They and the city council provide finances to keep us doing what we do. The ground’s crew keeps Liberty Park and the Band Shell in good shape. Then there are the people at the Marshall Public School system. We use the Middle School band room to rehearse, the music libraries and some instruments and stands to perform, get programs printed, and use the mail van to move equipment back and forth from the Band Shell. Special thanks to Studio One for documenting all of this and making it available to the public on TV. Thanks to KMHL and the Independent for their support in getting the information about our activities to the public. I can attest to the reliability of these workers through their devotion to the Band. It makes for a fine relationship that I hope we never lose in this city. A big Thank You to these people for their behind the scenes support and contributing to help us present the best Municipal Band we can have each and every year. If you know one of these people, say “thank you” in person.

Also, thanks to MAFAC and Marshall Community Services for continuing to present entertainment on Wednesday evenings by extending the season of concerts with “A Little Night Music.”

All this adds to what you experience on Wednesday evenings. This is a lot of people doing many important things to make all go well.

Robert L. Meffert, director


Editor’s note: Robert L. Meffert is the director of the Marshall Municipal Band