Community Press Release – Southshore Concert Band

Southshore Concert Band – Buchanan Summer Concert

Buchanan, MI – May 21, 2021

Submitted by Jan Street, Public Relations Chairperson, Southshore Concert Band

We’re on a mission to share the “joy of music” with our very first audience in fifteen months so we’re getting the band back together! Southshore Concert Band, Berrien County’s adult community band, will be performing at the beautiful Buchanan Common on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Conductor Dale Reuss and all of the band members are thrilled to be preparing an entertaining outdoor concert for the residents of the Buchanan area.

This concert will feature toe-tapping marches, musical medleys from the silver screen and rock and roll in addition to a variety of familiar patriotic melodies. The band will present marches The Fairest of the Fair and The Lambs’ March by John Philip Sousa; “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”, “If I Only Had a Brain”, and “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz; John Williams’ Star Wars – The Marches from some far-away galaxies; “Light My Fire”, “Riders of the Storm” and “Love Her Madly” from The Doors in Concert; Armed Forces Salute, music to honor our nation’s service members; and of course, Jake and Elwood’s favorites “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”, “Soul Man”, “Gimme Some Lovin”, “Respect”, and “Soul Man” from The Blues Brothers.

Yes, Southshore Concert Band is back together and ready for an evening of fun in downtown Buchanan. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring a chair or blanket and bring your enthusiasm and joy as we welcome back the music together!

About The Southshore Concert Band
The Southshore Concert Band was formed in 1992 to provide an opportunity for Berrien County adults to use their musical skills formed in high school and college on a volunteer basis for personal enjoyment. The band membership has grown over the years to include members from northern Indiana as well as other southwest Michigan counties. Membership includes a broad range of professional careers- retired band teachers, current teachers, engineers, accountants, social workers, computer consultants -all playing together to share their common passion for music.

The band provides free concerts at various locations in southwest Michigan during the year. Regular concerts include Winter and Spring concerts at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center. Additional concerts such as a Halloween Concert, Veteran’s Day Lest We Forget Concert, a collaborative concert with the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomie, and a Pops Concert add wide variety to our seasons. A “Big Band” was also created from members of the Southshore Concert Band to showcase sounds from a great musical time period. Annual summer concerts are played in local community parks and band shells.

The band has traveled to Boston and Washington D.C. to participate in the National Festival of the States concert series. It allowed the band to experience new performance venues and share a little bit of southwest Michigan with other parts of the country.

The Southshore Concert Band was founded and is conducted by Dale Reuss. The band has a membership of approximately 75 adults. Rehearsals are at Lake Michigan College every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. during the regular season (except holidays). We welcome new members! If you are interested in joining, please email Dale Reuss at A brief audition will be required.

The organization achieved 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation status in February, 1999. The band relies on member’s dues, grants and public donations to fund its activities. The organization receives no public funds.

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