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"In the Mood," "Minnie The Moocher," "Stormy Weather," "American Salute," and "Guadalcanal March" -- those are some of the highlights shared by Dr. Tom Evans in a Kalamazoo Concert Band Flashback with Cara Lieurance, live on Classical WMUK. The concert, which was recorded on Feb 22, 2020 in Chenery Auditorium, was called "The Homefront: Musical Memories of World War II," and featured Kalamazoo-based singer Megan Dooley. The versatile singer with a 100-year songlist performed in front of a capacity crowd with the 80-member band, led by Tom Evans.

Kalamazoo Concert Band

Four years ago in the midst of a Michigan winter, the Kalamazoo Concert Band offered a musical getaway with a program called "Arabian Nights." Music director Dr. Tom Evans joined Cara Lieurance to showcase the highlights, including Sam Hazo's Arabesque, James Hosay's Persis, and Brian Balmages' Arabian Dances.

Christina Burton, courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office

The centenary of the birth of the great American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein was in 2018. On Oct 20, 2018, the Kalamazoo Concert Band took the stage to honor his legacy, with the help of guest artists the Western Brass Quintet. In this flashback, Dr. Tom Evans, director of the KCB, joins Cara Lieurance to share highlights from a concert in which everything came together for an unforgettable experience.

Cara Lieurance

Dr. Tom Evans, director of the Kalamazoo Concert Band, brought some holiday cheer to the airwaves as he joined Cara Lieurance to play highlights from the last four years of holiday concerts by the band: 2019's "Unwrap the Season" with Gold Company; 2018's "A Holiday Spectacular" with The Watters Brothers; 2017's "A Joyful Christmas" with Jim Brickman," and 2016's "Snow Place Like Home" with Karrin Allyson.

The music director of the Kalamazoo Concert Band, Dr. Tom Evans, joined Cara Lieurance in the studio recently to share highlights from a live concert of Oct 26, 2019, called "It Was A Dark And Spooky Night..." Listen to his discussion of the pieces and hear performances of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor (arr Leidzen); Brian Balmages Shadow Waltzes, and selections from The Phantom of the Opera (arr. Barker).