On behalf of the Michigan State Capitol Commission, the Capitol Tour and Information Service wishes to extend an invitation to all school orchestra and band directors to perform at the Michigan State Capitol for our annual Spring Music Program. This program runs weekday's, at 12 noon, through the month of May.

Performance Schedule

Any public, parochial or private middle or high school orchestra, band, or jazz ensemble is eligible to participate.

To participate contact Jerry Benson (517) 373-1988.

Groups perform in front of the Capitol from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. NOTE: WE HAVE NO BACKUP PERFORMANCE LOCATION IN THE EVENT OF RAIN.

Chairs and electrical outlets will be provided. Music stands will NOT be provided.

Once a performance is scheduled, a confirmation e-mail will be sent confirming the date of the performance and a link to a PDF map of Downtown Lansing. Buses may drop groups off in front of the capitol and park in the bus parking area behind the Capitol on Walnut Street.

A view of Capitol Square looking eastward c. 1910. Note the colorful flower beds and the M shaped lighting fixture
A view of Capitol Square looking eastward c. 1910. Note the colorful flower beds and the ‘M’ shaped lighting fixture
Image Courtesy of the Michigan State Capitol Archive, Lawler Collection

State legislators will be notified of the date and time of performances by bands and orchestras in their districts in advance.

While most music groups are too large for a full Capitol tour, an abbreviated tour of the building will be available upon completion of the performance. This tour is optional.

Interested groups can also schedule a tour of the Michigan Historical Museum (517) 373-2353 or the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center (517) 373-7171.