The Band

In celebration of 34 years of continuous sponsorship by the Marshall Rotary Club, the name of the band was changed from Marshall Community Band to Marshall Rotary Band in the spring of 2012. In literature written prior to 2012, the band will be referred to as Marshall Community Band.

Marshall Rotary Band performs six outdoor concerts during the months of June and July. The Marshall Rotary Club has faithfully supported the band financially since 1979. The money provided by the Rotary Club provides such things as guest conductors, soloists, printed concert programs, equipment transport, and music. The band rehearses on Monday and Tuesday evenings and performs a concert on Wednesday evening. Since the band must prepare for a concert with only two rehearsals, the band relies on its 40 or 50 talented volunteer players each year. These reliable local musicians, some with music degrees, produce an exceptional community band. The band plays a variety of music including show tune medleys, marches, ragtime, Dixieland, and traditional concert band pieces. Most of the music played is obtained from the Chatfield Brass Band Music Lending Library in Chatfield, Minnesota. The concerts often feature players in solos, duets, trios, and ensembles. A typical concert draws about 300 citizens with lawn chairs. The largest audience is always the patriotic concert preformed at Brooks Fountain in downtown Marshall at the annual July 4 Chicken Barbecue celebration sponsored by the Marshall Chamber of Commerce.
  The first Rotary-sponsored concerts, under the direction of John Beery, were held at Carver Park at the east end of town. Because of town noise, the concerts were moved to Cronin Park behind Marshall Middle School. These concerts were conducted by David Conklin, and a portable band shell was set up for each concert. Back then and for 33 continuous years, the band was called Marshall Community Band. In 2012, band's name was changed to honor the Rotary Club's faithful sponsorship.Construction of the Frances Stevens Stuart Band Shell on the banks of the Kalamazoo River in the City of Marshall began in the Spring of 2004. All concerts (except for July 4 each year) have been held there since the the dedication concert on June 16, 2004.
  On April 13, 2004, Marshall Community Band was given the PAUL HARRIS FELLOW award by the MARSHALL ROTARY CLUB for its entertainment and artistic contribution to the community and surrounding area. The award was presented by Rotarian and concert announcer, Morris Stulberg, at a regular Tuesday luncheon meeting. Bill Gray, Jim Gray, and Dennis Smith also received PAUL HARRIS medallions. Bill and Jim Gray were particularly recognized for their skill in producing a quality band. Dennis Smith was recognized for his efforts as the band manager and president. The PAUL HARRIS award is Rotary's highest award, and it costs a local club $1,000 (given to Rotary International) for the right to present it.

Rotary Award

  The Marshall Community Band Board of Directors, who are regular players in the band, shape each concert season. Each year, these people discuss matters such as concert dates, conductors, announcers, music, and production improvements. They also do some of the production work such as music research, band shell maintenance, publicity photography, and music folder preparations. Current members are listed below.

  Dennis Smith (President) - Dr. Jim Gray - John Carroll - Monica Marshell - George Pendill - Mark Stuart-Doug Sink
 
 
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