For nearly a hundred years, Western Michigan University’s Bronco Marching Band has been a fixture on fall Saturdays in Kalamazoo. This year, though, there is a notable difference. The size of the band has swelled to 330 members, making it the largest in the Mid-American conference.
For the 22nd year in a row, a post-Thanksgiving 'Messiah Sing!' will be held at First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo, co-sponsored by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music . MFSM executive director Betsy Start, First Congregational music director Michael Palmer, and tenor Keiwon Lambert, a choral scholar with the church and voice student at Western Michigan University, joined Cara Lieurance to encourage singers, new and regular, to join them for a performance of the Messiah , supported by the church choir, four soloists, and a full orchestra. It begins at 4 pm on Sunday.