Marquette City Band performs for Art Week

Guest conductor and Marquette native James Bicigo took to the trumpet for the bands performance...
Guest conductor and Marquette native James Bicigo took to the trumpet for the bands performance during Art Week(wluc)
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 8:47 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Presque Isle Park was filled with the sound of music Thursday evening.

The Marquette City Band, in conjunction with Marquette’s Arts and Culture Center, performed at the Presque Isle Band Shell for Art Week. The concert had pieces connected to the theme, “Water.”

It also featured a Marquette native as guest conductor, James Bicigo, who led the band in the world premiere of his own composition, “Sweetwater Seas,” which contains five movements, each inspired by and depicting one of the Great Lakes.

He also performed a solo on bass trombone on his most recent composition, “A Walk in the Rain,” which was composed to correspond to the Art Week theme.

“It’s amazing always to hear your own work performed, especially for the first time, it’s really special to do it here,” Bicigo said. “The big premiere is about the great lakes, to have it done right here on Lake Superior, with a band that I played in from high school on and have conducted is just really special.”

Bicigo, who now resides in Alberta, Canada, has spent much of his life living near water. He has aught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and at Red Deer College and Burman University in Alberta. He began his career teaching K-12 music is schools located near Lake Michigan, and has also lived near Lakes Huron and Erie.

The Marquette City Band has four more performances lined up for the summer.

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