Local Arts – Southshore Concert Band at Mendel Center

Southshore Concert Band at Mendel Center

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

Southshore Concert Band will be welcoming the season of spring with music from the stage and screen during their performance on Sunday, April 23, at 2:00 p.m. on the Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor. This concert, entitled “From Broadway to Hollywood”, will feature many familiar tunes from some of the world’s favorite musical theater and film productions. The band will share the stage with special guests, The Lake Michigan College Concert Choir under the direction of Becky Selvidge, for several selections.

Photo provided by Jan Street, Southshore Concert Band

The concert will open with Transcendent Journey by Rossano Galante, a composer and orchestrator for film and television.  The band will perform The Golden Age of Broadway which features music from the musicals of Rogers and Hammerstein. The program will also include Symphonic Dances from “Fiddler on the Roof” arranged by Ira Hershen, a Titanic Medley arranged by Takashi Hoshide, Somewhere In Time,  by John Barry and Soaring with John Williams, featuring musical themes from “Superman” and “Star Wars”. 

Photo provided by Jan Street, Southshore Concert Band

The Lake Michigan College Concert Choir will join the band in performing When You Believe from “The Prince of Egypt”, Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Concert Celebration which includes music from “Phantom of the Opera”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Evita” and “Cats” and musical selections from Les Miserables.

This concert, sponsored in part by 1st Source Bank and Woodhams Ford of South Haven, is free to the public.

Event Details:
  • Who: Southshore Concert Band
  • What: “From Broadway to Hollywood” Spring Concert
  • When: Sunday, April 23, 2023 – 2pm
  • Where: Mendel Center Mainstage, Lake Michigan College
    • 1100 Yore Ave, Benton Harbor MI 49022

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 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 southshoreconcertband@gmail.com. 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.

Contact: Dale Reuss, Director


Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

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