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Two Local Bands Set to Play March 16th

Two local bands are set to present their unique sounds, exhibiting their musical talent as the Wilson Center Collective sponsors a special concert on Friday, March 16 starting at 7:00 p.m. This program will take place in the beautiful historic Wilson Center Auditorium. “The Broken TVs” are an alternative rock trio from St. Johns consisting of Zane Cook, Robbie Booker, and Jonny Collins, all students of SJPS. The band was originally formed in November of 2016 by lead vocalist and guitarist Zane Cook, and drummer Robbie Booker. They later brought in bassist Jonny Collins. This group does a nice mix of original songs, while also covering groups such as Weezers, Pixies, The Clash and The Troggs. Songs on the set list include “Sweater Song,” “Where’s My Mind,” “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” and “Wild Thing.”

“Nobody But Us” is a rock group that enjoys bringing a new style/sound to audiences, while at the same time loves bringing back the beloved classic sounds. The group is made up of Damian Greenman – a graduate of SJHS, on guitar, Ben Preston – from Ovid Elsie, also on guitar, Paige Lawson – a sophomore from Grand Ledge, on drums, Jonny Collins – a junior at SJHS, on keyboard, with Matt Kelly – a graduate of SJHS, on bass guitar. This group will cover groups such as The Animals, The Beatles, The Monkeys and Pat Benetar, including such songs as “Heartbreaker,” “House of the Rising Sun,” “Come Together,” and “I’m a Believer.” They will throw in some original tunes too.
“This is a great opportunity to hear and support some of our local musicians,” states William Tennant, concert coordinator. “It promises to be a fun evening of new and familiar songs!”

There is a $5 general admission fee at the door. The proceeds will benefit the bands and the Wilson Center Auditorium renovation project. The Wilson Center is located at 101 W. Cass St. in downtown St. Johns, just south of the Court House.

Upcoming Wilson Center Auditorium Events

Fri, Dec. 1 – Homegrown Productions annual Holiday Show – 7:30 p.m. Homegrown
will be presenting the recreation of a radio show entitled, “Twas the Night
Before Christmas” that first aired on Dec. 24, 1951. A fun evening of great
holiday entertainment! Tickets are at $5 each – children under 10 free!
Sat, Dec. 2 -“Elvis & Friends Toys for Tots Benefit Show” – 7:00 p.m. This show will
feature Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Elvis and more! Doors will open at 5:30
with light refreshments, a raffle, door prizes, arts and crafts, and SANTA!!!!
Admission is $10 or an unwrapped toy of that amount. 12 & under are free!

Fri, Dec. 8 – St. Johns Annual Community Christmas Concert – 7:00 p.m.
The St. Johns Community Band will present their 13 th annual Holiday
Concert! Many of your holiday favorites will be performed. There will be a
free will offering for the WC Auditorium lighting project.

Sat, Dec. 9 – “Big Band Christmas Pops” with the Lansing Concert Jazz Band
7:00 p.m. – This special Jazz Holiday Concert is not to be missed! The band
will present a program filled with many of your favorite big band tunes – two
singers will be performing with the band! Tickets will be available at the door
for only $10 – Adults, $5 – Seniors and Students. 12 and under are free!

Fri, Dec. 15 – Mint City Singers “As the World Turns: Fall into Winter” – 7:30 p.m.
Our Community Choir will sing a couple of songs highlighting each month,
September – January. Ellen Hoard will be conducting his holiday concert with
Jeff Richards their accompanist. A free will offering will be collected.

Sat, Dec. 16 – Mountain Town Brass Band Holiday Concert – 7:00 p.m. This Wilson
Center Holiday Finale will be spectacular!!!! Besides the wonderful MT Brass,
the program will feature 2 Internationally renown brass soloists! Direct from
England, Steven Mead, considered the world’s best euphonium player, will be
soloing with the band along with his wife Misa. This will be a concert you
won’t want to miss! A free will offering will be collected for this incredible
once in a lifetime program!

We hope you can join us for many of these special events!
FB: Wilson Center Auditorium

TONIGHT!

Saturday, November 4 starting at 7:00 p.m. – the popular Lansing group, “Singers on the Grand” will be kick off their 20th Anniversary Show here in St. Johns! SOTG, a group of 10 well blended voices backed by a great 6-piece band, is known for their wonderful musical stylings and will be presenting the best of Broadway, jazz standards, spirituals and classic pop, all molded into a phenomenal show! Tickets will be available at the door for $10 each, with half of the proceeds coming into the Auditorium Renovation Project fund.

Upcoming 2017 Dates Scheduled for the Wilson Center Auditorium

Fri, Oct. 20 – Yineyard Youth Theater production of “Villian School” – 6:00 p.m. Good Halloween fun! Visit vineyardyouththeater.com for more information!

Sat, Oct. 28 – Vocal Recital featuring Tenor Steve Easterling & Pianist Jeff Richards 7:00 p.m. Two Great Musicians! Broadway, Pops & Opera! FWO

Sun, Oct. 29 – Mountain Town Brass Band Concert – 7:00 p.m. – FWO One of Michigan’s premier bands! Great brass music including J.P. Sousa!

Sat, Nov. 4 – Singers on the Grand kick off their 20 th Anniversary Season – 7:00 p.m. 10 wonderful singers with a 6-piece band – Broadway, Pops, Jazz, Gospel! $10

Fri, Nov. 10 – Clinton County Arts Council’s “2nd Annual Starry Night Gala” – 7:00 p.m. A wonderful evening with Paul McCartney plus! Visit: clintoncountyarts.org

Fri, Dec. 1 – Homegrown Productions annual Holiday Show – 7:30 p.m. Homegrown’s annual holiday production that will put you in a true Holiday Spirit!

Sat, Dec. 2 – “Elvis & Friends Toys for Tots Benefit Show” – 7:00 p.m. featuring Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Elvis and more! $10 or unwrapped toy

Fri, Dec. 8 – St. Johns Annual Community Christmas Concert – 7:00 p.m. The St. Johns Community Band’s annual Holiday Concert! FWO

Sat, Dec. 9 – “Big Band Christmas Pops” with the Lansing Concert Jazz Band 7:00 p.m. – This special Jazz Holiday Concert is not to be missed!

Fri, Dec. 15 – Mint City Singers “As the World Turns: Fall into Winter” – 7:30 p.m. Our Community Choir sings many memorable seasonal songs. FWO

Sat, Dec. 16 – Mountain Town Brass Band Holiday Concert – 7:00 p.m. This special program will feature Internationally renown brass soloists! FWO

A Special Spring Concert Comes to the Wilson Center Stage

St. Johns High School Band Director, Roy Davis, has put together a special community Spring Concert for the benefit of our mid-Michigan residents.

When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Wilson Center Auditorium

The Concert will feature the:

St. Johns Community Band
St. Johns High School Jazz Band
St. Johns High School Jazz Sextet
St. Johns High School String Quartet

Mr. Davis has also set this concert up as a benefit to the Wilson Center Auditorium Renovation project. Installation of a new lighting system is all that is left to complete the project. A donation basket will be set up in the auditorium lobby.

The beautiful/historic Wilson Center Auditorium is located at 101 W. Cass St. in downtown St. Johns, just south of the Clinton County Court House.

It promises to be a fun evening of instrumental music!!!! We hope that you can join us!!!

MOUNTAIN TOWN BRASS CONCERT HANDS ACROSS THE SEA

Mountain Town Brass, mid-Michigan’s newest British-style brass band, will perform a free concert entitled Hands Across the Sea Sunday April 23 at 7:00pm in the Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W. Cass Street, St. Johns, MI

This unique program features brass and percussion settings of works by American and European composers as well as several featured soloists. Mountain Town Brass, formed in 2016, is an elite brass ensemble in the virtuosic British brass band tradition, successfully blending impeccable musical virtuosity with an enjoyable audience-friendly ambience.

Music Director Travis Scott describes the program: “We’re featuring two major ‘firsts’: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue arranged for brass, (which represents America’s first classical hit), and Fletcher Henderson’s Labour and Love which was the first original piece used at the U.K. National Band Contest in 1913. In addition we are performing the music of Wagner, Bizet and will feature soloists Thomas Gillette (baritone), Kay Crowley (tenor horn), and Colin Guimond (euphonium).”

What: Mountain Town Brass Spring Concert: Hands Across the Sea
Who: Mountain Town Brass, Travis Scott- Music Director
When: Sunday April 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Where: Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W. Cass Street, St. Johns

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT TOM GILLETTE (517) 798-9198