marching bandThis photo was taken at CUAA homecoming 2019.

Grab your dinner to-go on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and join Concordia University Ann Arbor's marching band, wind ensemble, and orchestra for an outdoor dinner concert on the Earhart Manor patio.

The wind ensemble, orchestra, and marching band will present a socially distanced performance on the patio of the Earhart Manor beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13.

CUAA faculty, staff, and students are invited to pick up their dinner from the cafeteria and enjoy the concert while eating in the Manor Tent as the ensembles perform. The program will last approximately one hour, and will also be livestreamed for friends, family, and community members off campus.

“We chose the time specifically to coincide with dinner time on campus. Given the limitations due to social distancing in the cafeteria, we want people to be able to pick up their dinner and bring it over to eat during the concert,” said Dr. William Perrine, director of instrumental music. “Our music students have been working hard and taking many precautions due to COVID–social distancing, outdoor rehearsals, and even nylon masks for our instruments to keep everyone as safe as possible.”

While the band and orchestra will be set up on the Earhart Manor patio, and the Manor Tent along with tables and chairs will be open for audience seating.

The dinner-time concert, just over an hour in proposed length, will feature three separate groups. The wind ensemble and orchestra will play light, classical music, and the wind ensemble will also be premiering a new piece of music written by a local composer, Brooke Pierson, commemorating those who have died from COVID, that is based on the hymn “Abide with Me.”

The Marching Band will close out the concert with some lighter Latin selections and some of Concordia’s school songs.

“One of the most rewarding things about making music, though, is being able to share it with others. None of our students has had the opportunity to do this since late February or early March, so we are very excited to be able to do this for our campus community in a safe way,” said Perrine.

Concert details at a glance

  • Tuesday, October 13
  • 6- 7 p.m.
  • Manor Patio and Manor Tent
  • No off campus guests, but event will be livestreamed

In case of inclement weather

In case of rain, the event will be canceled as there isn’t an indoor space large enough to have safe distance between student musicians and the audience.

Outdoor concert livestream link

Click here to tune in to the concert on October 13, 6-7 p.m.

— Rachel Thoms served on Concordia University's Strategic Communications team from 2015-2022. Any inquiries about this story can be sent to

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