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Why Is WMU's Marching Band So Big?

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.

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Michael Palmer

Bring Your Voice (Especially Tenors!) To Messiah Sing

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.

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Mira Spenner at WMUK
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A lot has happened for Michigan flutist Mira Spenner in the past few years. She moved to Missouri, got married. She also faced the biggest challenge of her life. Last year, Spenner got into a traumatic car accident and suffered a brain injury. She says wanting to play the flute again helped her to make a miraculous recovery.

Spenner will give a talk Friday, November 17th at 11 a.m. at Kalamazoo College’s Stetson Chapel. It’s called “Recovering from the Unexpected: Using Music to Recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury.”

Battle Creek Symphony

The Battle Creek Symphony's next concert, Hats Off To Downton Abbey, will feature music from the popular Masterpiece Theatre television program and two famous works by English composers: Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations and Benjamin Britten's Young Persons' Guide To The Orchestra. Music director Anne Harrigan talks to Cara Lieurance to preview the concert, which will be held Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 pm in W.K. Kellogg Auditorium. 

A Conversation with the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet

Nov 16, 2017

Members of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, formed in 2006, talk with Jack Perlstein about the history of the ensemble, literature and, you guessed it, guitars.  GRGQ performs regularly at colleges, universities, art centers and chamber music and community concert series.  For more information about the GRGQ and upcoming performances, click on


(MPRN-Lansing) More people in Michigan are looking for work, and that is driving up the unemployment rate. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) Michigan residents who want to get into the medical marijuana business had their last shot at a training session Wednesday. 

WMU Football loses at Northern Illinois, ending chances to repeat as MAC champions. The Bronco women's basketball team gets a win on the road. 

Move Over Uber - The Army's Testing Driverless Vehicles

Nov 15, 2017
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The day of the driverless car is coming - quickly. Autonomous vehicles have caught the attention of Uber, Google, and other companies. Now, you can add the U.S. military to that list. It hopes driverless vehicles will help save lives on the battlefield. Kevin Lavery at WKAR in East Lansing reports on a recent truck convoy test in Michigan for Great Lakes Today

Battle Creek schools are back to square one on a plan to sell two closed school buildings. Some Northern Michigan University students and employees want the school to rescind an invitation for Governor Rick Snyder to give its commencement address. Michigan candidate for Governor, Shri Thanedar is accused of fraud in a federal lawsuit. 

Battle Creek City Hall - file photo

Mark Behnke will serve as Battle Creek’s mayor for the next year. 

State Board Of Education Deadlocked Over Gun Bills

Nov 15, 2017

(MPRN-Lansing) The State Board of Education can’t agree on what to do about recent gun legislation. There are four Democrats and four Republicans on the board, and there must be five “yes” votes in order for any measure to pass.