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January 27, 2017

Joe Verkennes, Director of Marketing and Communications
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI  48161
(734) 384-4207 (O), (419) 343-3063 (M) 


Band Directed by Mark Felder

MONROE, Mich. – The Dodworth Saxhorn Band, America’s premier 19th-century brass band, will perform at Monroe County Community College’s La-Z-Boy Center on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s La-Z-Boy Center, Meyer Theater, which is located on the Main Campus at 1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe.

The Ann Arbor-based band is directed by Mark Felder, who is also director of the MCCC/Community Symphonic Band, and presents performances in the context of the social and political issues of the 1800s and recreates the music and atmosphere of a 19th-century community brass band.

It is modeled after the Dodworth Band of New York City, which was the premier brass band in the U.S. from the 1840s to the 1880s.  
In keeping with its living history origins, the Dodworth Saxhorn Band uses only brass and percussion instruments that were built in the 1800s. The antique horns are conical-bore instruments commonly called “saxhorns.”  These handmade saxhorns are pitched higher than modern 21st century brass instruments and produce a uniquely mellow tone.

The band performs compositions and arrangements from the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, private collections and university libraries, as well as a few new arrangements by musicologists who are experts in 19th-century brass band style and instrumentation.

Tickets for reserved seating are $12. 

Tickets can be purchased on the Web at, in person at the Cashier’s Office in the Warrick Student Services/Administration Building or via phone by calling the MCCC Ticket Hotline at (734) 384-4272.

Group rates, rooms and catering are available in conjunction with the concert.  For more information, contact Tom Ryder at (7344) 384-4201 or   

The 2016-17 MCCC Season of Events sponsors are DTE Energy, Monroe Bank & Trust, La-Z-Boy Incorporated, the DTE Energy Foundation, Michigan Gas and Consumers Energy

About Monroe County Community College

Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.  

The college’s mission is to enrich and transform lives by providing opportunities and excellence in higher education.  The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit.  The Whitman Center is located at 7777 Lewis Ave.,Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at