MARQUETTE – The Marquette City Band is adjusting its schedule of concerts to fit in with Finn Grand Fest 2005, which is taking place in Marquette from Aug. 10-14. Instead of holding its concert at the Presque Isle Bandshell on Thursday, the band will perform its free concert at 7:45 p.m., Wednesday (Aug. 10) to allow those attending the festival’s 6 p.m. Opening Ceremony time to get to the concert.
The band will perform a premiere of a new march titled “Jupiter” by Eino Olander, a Marquette resident of Finnish extraction, who will conduct the piece. Finnish-style brass septet “Boys of America” (Ameriikan Poijat) will perform as visiting artists.
Olander is known to many in the area as the proprietor of the Washington Shoe Store. He is also a musician who plays string bass, and is a musical composer and arranger who has composed marches and other works over the years. Olander will comment (in Finnish and English) on his new composition.
The Boys of America models its style after the ensembles that were popular among the Finnish immigrants of a hundred years ago. They play instruments of the period such as cornets and tenor and alto horns that are typically not heard nowadays. The group was organized in 1991 by Paul Niemisto, a music faculty member at St. Olaf College. They have toured throughout Finland and the United States, and have played at special occasions in places such as the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C.
The concert will be conducted by Mark Flaherty, music professor at Northern Michigan University.