Bloomfield Civic Band to Premiere Two New Pieces

Posted on by on December 6th, 2018 | Comments Off on Bloomfield Civic Band to Premiere Two New Pieces

It’s not often that a community band gets to premiere a new piece of music. The Bloomfield Civic Band has the opportunity to do so not once, but twice during the Holiday Spectacular Concert on December 16th.

  • Allan V. Daleus, the Bloomfield-based composer, will conduct the world premiere of his concert-band arrangement of “Benedictus” by Max Reger. This beautiful and evocative piece was composed in 1901 and is the most well known of four pieces that are sometimes referred collectively to as Reger’s “organ mass.”
  • Mike Lamparello, trumpet player and leader of the Garden State Brass Ensemble, has arranged Mannheim Steamroller’s marvelous setting of “Stille Nacht (Silent Night),” which first appeared in 1984 on the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album, for concert band. Mike will also conduct this world premiere.

Both “Benedictus” and “Stille Nacht (Silent Night)” have their origins in the organ. Max Reger originally composed “Benedictus” for the organ, and organist Franz Gruber composed “Stille Nacht” for guitar accompaniment because the organ in his village church in Oberndorf, Austria, was broken at Christmastime in 1818. (Yes, that’s right, 2018 is the two-hundredth anniversary of “Silent Night.”).

You can tell all your friends and family that you were in the room where it happened if you come to the Bloomfield Civic Band’s Holiday Spectacular Concert at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 16th, at the Bloomfield Middle School in Bloomfield. See you there!


Rehearsals are held at the Bloomfield Middle School on Huck Road from mid-September through mid-June (location may vary). Rehearsals start promptly at 7:30 PM and end at 9:30 PM