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BG Johnson’s band to entertain crowd

The band plays a jazzy New Orleans style sound

Chautauqua Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 28:
On the Lanier Mansion North Lawn Stage

• 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Brice Hall
• 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.: BG Johnson’s Big Bad Brass Review Revival All Stars
On the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center Plaza, Vine & First Streets
• Noon - 4 p.m.: Madison Fine Arts Academy’s new Elite Choir to perform. (The group will be performing a medley of choreographed Michael Jackson songs every hour.)
Broadway at First Street
• Noon - 4 p.m.: Emily Ann Thompson (Celtic Fiddler)
Vine Street at Vaughn Drive
• Noon - 4 p.m.: Rob Houze Quintet             (Light jazz)
Elm Street at Vaughn Drive
• Noon - 4 p.m.: Bob Culbertson (Chapman Stick)
Broadway at Vaughn Drive
• Noon - 4 p.m.: Big John Atkins (Pianist and singer)
Strolling Performer
(both days)

• Noon - 4 p.m.: Paul Kelly (Juggling clown)

Sunday, Sept. 29:
On the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center Plaza, Vine & First Streets
• Noon - 4 p.m.: Tony Brewer to perform. (He will be performing Poetry on Demand.)
On the Lanier Mansion North Lawn Stage
• Noon - 5 p.m.: Melissa Lee (Country music singer-songwriter)
Broadway at First Street
• Noon - 4 p.m.: Emily Ann Thompson (Celtic fiddler)
Vine Street at Vaughn Drive
• Noon - 4 p.m.: Rob Houze Quintet (Light jazz)
Elm Street at Vaughn Drive
• Noon - 4 p.m.: Bob Culbertson (Chapman Stick)
Broadway at Vaughn Drive
• Noon - 4 p.m.: Big John Atkins (Pianist and singer)

Special Events:
• All Day: Children’s Bounce House on the Lanier Mansion North Lawn. (To include a hot dog and nut vendors)

(Sept. 20, 2019) – Brook Reindollar’s journey with music began in the third grade when his father bought him a $15 pawn shop trumpet and began giving him lessons. “My dad wanted a musical family, so he kept having kids and kept putting instruments in their hands,” said Reindollar.
His wife, Carrie, also grew up playing music. “Music has always been a part of my life. I started in the sixth grade at Madison Junior High, where I played clarinet and started playing saxophone,” she said. “I joined jazz band, and it ended up being something I was good at.”
The Madison, Ind., couple continues to invest in music today. They currently make up a quarter of BG Johnson’s Big Bad Brass Band Review Revival All Stars, a New Orleans style street band that is frequently featured at Madison events and festivals. The band’s next performance will be at the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, where they are scheduled to perform from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, on the Lanier North Lawn. The 49th annual festival runs both Saturday and Sunday in Madison.
BG Johnson’s is made up of eight members: Brandon Johnson (trumpet), Rick Bennett (tenor saxophone), Bill Kindoll (trombone), Eric Campbell (trombone), Dave Lewis (bass), Tim Beitzel (drums) and Brook and Carrie Reindollar (trumpet and alto saxophone).
“We all have a musical background,” said Carrie Reindollar, noting that Kindoll is a retired high school band director, and Campbell is a professional musician.
The band’s unique albeit lengthy name has a meaningful back story. “The band is named after Brandon Johnson, one of our founding members,” Brook explained. “He’s a Marine and spent some time on base in New Orleans. While he was stationed there, he played in a traditional New Orleans street band and started playing gigs at clubs. I played trumpet professionally in Cincinnati for 18 years before moving to Madison. Brandon had also moved back to Madison, and we connected and started playing trumpet duets.
He wanted to get together a New Orleans style street band in Madison. “So I called the people I knew, and we started a New Orleans street band.”
Carrie Reindollar said the band brings in traditional New Orleans elements through dueling trumpets and improvisation as they play. “We take the basic structure of a song, like “Thriller” by Michael Jackson and arrange it so the horns spell out the different parts. Carrie takes the melody, the singing part. We have different people play solos in various songs,” Brook said.
Though it may sound effortless, there is a process to creating the band’s sound. “Brook, Brandon and Bill are always listening to music and arranging it. There’s a lot of work involved; it’s not all improvisation,” she said.

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BG Johnson’s Big Bad Brass Band Review Revival All Stars includes (from left in back) Brook Reindollar, Brandon Johnson, Carrie Reindollar, Rick Bennett, Bill Kindoll, Dave Lewis and (in front) Tim Beitzel. Eric Campbell is not pictured.

This is the band’s third year playing at the Chautauqua, though both of the Reindollars are familiar with Madison’s music scene and have played with several different bands from the community.
The band enjoys the familiarity of playing in Madison. “Out of town gigs are tough for us to organize. It’s hard to get everyone together. We’re used to Madison, and it’s easy for us to get together at random,” said Carrie.
BG Johnson’s Big Bad Brass Band All Star Review Revival will be one of many bands making up the Chautauqua’s extensive musical lineup. Visitors to the festival can expect to see repeat performances from favorites like Celtic-Americana musician Emily Ann Thompson and Bob Culberson, who plays the Chapman Stick.
There will also be musical performances from Madison Consolidated High School students from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday on the Lanier-Madison Visitor’s Center patio. The new Elite Choir from MCHS Fine Arts Academy will be performing a medley of choreographed Michael Jackson songs every hour.
From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Tony Brewer will be performing Poetry on Demand.

Other entertainers performing throughout the weekend are Big John Atkins, Melissa Lee, and the Rob Houze Quintet. Juggler and clown Paul Kelly will be strolling throughout the festival and performing both days.

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