There is a parking lot at the entrance to the small city where I live—no welcome sign. I formed this band, and constructed our black and white uniforms to be un-associated with anything locally specific (sports, memorials, rituals) to offer the unexpected gesture of civic welcome. Marches for Cars and Passers-by brought plumed hats, polished brass instruments, Barnum and Bailey’s March, Bach and Brahms fanfares, sparkling white uniforms with gold trim, and a drum major with a long mace to a forlorn stretch of rutted pavement abutting a railroad track on successive Sunday mornings.
The Wolverine Brass Quintet was formed to create this performance. When we began, the musicians could not yet march and play so we were a standing band for the first two weeks of our Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning appearances.
Featuring the Wolverine Brass Quintet in its premiere marching performance, this formally clad band appeared aside a busy but unassuming intersection to welcome cars, visitors and residents to a small mid-western city.