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Fishers Music WorksEducational excellence, safe surroundings and robust development — these are some of the things that make Fishers one of the top 10 places to live in the country. As Fishers evolves from a town, it will take more than just a growing population to make it a true city — cultural opportunities will help define its character.

With this vision in mind, several local volunteers co-founded Fishers Music Works last year with the goal of fostering enjoyment and appreciation of music by providing public concerts and other opportunities for local musicians and vocalists. FMW also seeks to involve the student community by providing side-by-side performance opportunities.

Currently FMW is proud to support our community with five unique ensembles:

The 50-member Fishers Wind Symphony performs marches, band arrangements of orchestral pieces and other traditional compositions on a regular basis. As part of an educational initiative, all works receive a short biography in the programs to further the audience’s understanding and appreciation for both the composition and composer. The Wind Symphony’s next concert is April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the Savior Lutheran Church, 10500 E. 126th St.

The 20-piece Nickel Plate Jazz Orchestra enjoys gracing the new Nickel Plate District Amphitheater stage during the summer. From bebop to big band, the NPJO brings the best of one of America’s original art forms to the heart of Fishers. The orchestra’s next concert will be May 10 at 7 p.m. at the NPD Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Drive.

The Heartland Brass Quintet and Mudsock Jazz Combo are smaller, versatile ensembles available for corporate and personal events that cover a wide range of musical tastes: Jazz, blues, Dixieland, classical, patriotic and popular are all within the repertoire of these groups. Be sure to catch them June 28 at the Freedom Festival.

The newly formed Fishers Chamber Orchestra rounds out the offerings as Fishers’ latest ensemble that incorporates strings. The orchestra, which also features 12 wind instruments and tympani, performed their inaugural concert last month.

As a newly formed nonprofit, FMW points out there are fantastic sponsorship and advertising opportunities during its charter year and seeks to partner with local benefactors and businesses. Its application has been submitted to the IRS seeking 501©(3) tax-exemption status.

If you are a local musician and would like to audition for any of the ensembles, contact FMW at musicdirector@fishersmusicworks.org. If you are interested in showing your support for the performing arts in your community, contact president@fishersmusicworks.org for sponsorship or visit FishersMusicWorks.org. You can also contact FMW on Facebook at FishersMusicWorks and Twitter @HeyFishersMusic.

FMW is very grateful for the support of its volunteers, musicians, vocalists, and individual and corporate sponsors, including Fishers Arts Council, DeFur-Voran, Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy, Meyer Najem and Hold the Cheese Branding & Design.

Writer / Grant Lansdell

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