The Cereal City Concert Band:
|Conductor||Dr. Samuel McIlhagga, is associate professor of music, former chair of the music department and director of bands at Albion College where he directs the "British Eighth" marching band and symphonic band in addition to teaching courses in popular music and music education. A native of Michigan, McIlhagga has taught in the public schools and also at the collegiate level since 1993. He earned his M.M. in Wind Conducting (1993) from Northwestern University studying with John P. Paynter and his Ph.D. in Music Education (2006) from the University of Minnesota studying with Craig Kirchhoff.|
| McIlhagga began his career as director of bands at Grand
Valley State University, his alma mater, in 1993. In 1994 he was a visiting
professor and director of bands at Sinclair Community College in Dayton,
Ohio where his wind symphony performed at the OMEA conference in 1995.
McIlhagga and the community bands also worked closely with composer/conductors
Timothy Mahr and Andrew Boysen, Jr. through the "Composer-In-Residence"
Concert Series. McIlhagga then went on to become band director at Sparta
High School in Sparta, Michigan, a position he held for five years (1996-2001).
While at Sparta, he developed a strong band program earning superior ratings
for both concert and marching ensembles at the district and state level.
For over 10 years, McIlhagga has adjudicated and been clinician for marching and concert bands both in Michigan and around the mid-west. His Albion bands have performed in New York's famous Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine as well as marched in America's Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Detroit.
His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), College Music Society (CMS), The National Association for Music Education: MENC, Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA), and the Michigan Music Education Association (MMEA) and is the Collegiate NAfME (National Association for Music Education) Advisor for the State of Michigan.
Mission of the Band:
Provides Battle Creek and surrounding communities with quality band music and
Furthers the cultural growth of the community.
Enhances the many ongoing activities in the Calhoun County area.
Stimulates a continuing interest in instrumental music by offering post secondary school opportunities for its performing members.
Fosters the adult band movement in the Battle Creek area.
The Cereal City Concert Band generally meets from September to May of each year, with rehearsals on Monday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm. Please see our current calendar for more details on our scheduled events.
Membership is limited by instrumentation needed, and by invitation and/or audition.
For more information:
Cereal City Concert Band
80 Sherman Rd
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Ph: (269) 962-2153
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