Several local performing groups call the TCA home. Find out who they are and what they're all about:
TCA Big Band & VocalAires
The TCA Big Band & VocalAires was initially formed in 2004 as an in-house group at the Tecumseh Civic Auditorium, now the Tecumseh Center for the Arts. Its sole intent was to offer an opportunity for area musicians to share their love of big band music with the community by presenting two concerts a year. While we still present concerts in May and December at the TCA, the group has also performed at such diverse places as Lenawee County's annual Relay for Life; The Clinton Fall Festival; The Lenawee County Fair; Tecumseh Recreation Department's Music in the Park series; Hickman Cancer Center Fundraiser, Graze to Raise which benefits cancer patients' treatment costs; St. John's Lutheran Church Benefit for the Catherine Herrick Cobb Domestic Violence Center; Toe Tappin' at the Tate; the Tecumseh Technological Park Groundbreaking Ceremony; and as TCA pre-show guests of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and the Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Arte Shaw, Benny Goodman, and Cab Calloway Orchestras. The band has performed well over 100 times, not only in Lenawee County, but also in Washtenaw, Monroe, and Jackson Counties in Michigan, and Lucas County in Ohio.
Over the years, this all-volunteer group has represented people from all walks of life, including college and high school band and vocal directors, retirees, business owners, medical industry employees, Tecumseh, Onsted, and Raisin Township employees, (including the City of Tecumseh’s Fire Chief!), college students, theatre techs, as well as a corporate pilot and bank senior vice president. Past and present members have ranged in age from 18 to 70+ years, and hail from many local Lenawee County communities, including Tecumseh, Adrian, Blissfield, Morenci, Onsted, Manitou Beach, Clinton, and Cement City, as well as Washtenaw County's Ann Arbor, Saline, and Dexter, Hillsdale County's Somerset Center, and Monroe County's Temperance and Monroe.
Adrian College's Director of Bands and Department Chair, Dr. Marty Marks is the group's director and lead alto sax player, with former Tecumseh Schools' Instrumental Music Director and 2nd alto sax player Jim Rice, and former Hudson Band Director and lead trombone player John Ashley serving as assistants. The group boasts a full big band compliment of five saxes, five trombones, four trumpets, four rhythm players, and seven vocalists.
We have a great time performing this music, and hope you'll come along for the ride! For additional information, or booking info, please contact the TCA Big Band & VocalAires’ manager, Karen Bunch at techdirector@theTCA.org.
Tecumseh Youth Theatre provides experiences and opportunities for the participation live theatre for the area youth. We have a commitment to showcasing youth talent in live theatre productions, giving students the opportunity to perform and learn about multiple facets of theatre production. In addition, TYT strives to bring quality theater productions to the community using youth talent, assisted and supported by experienced, caring adults in an effort to support the arts and bring them to as wide an audience as possible.
TYT presents multiple shows each season, a high-school aged play or drama, a high school aged musical, and a middle-school aged musical. Any youth who lives in the Tecumseh School District area or attends Tecumseh Public Schools is invited to audition for roles in the three shows. Audition dates will be posted on the TYT and the TCA web sites. Students interested in working on lights and sound for the productions should contact the Tecumseh Center for the Arts’ technical director at techdir@theTCA.org.
The Tecumseh Pops Orchestra was established in 1981 to foster, promote, and increase the musical knowledge and appreciation of our citizens. The Tecumseh Community Chorus was established shortly thereafter, providing additional diversity to our musical repertoire. Since then, the Orchestra and Chorus have presented two shows per year – the Holiday Concert on the first Sunday in December, and the Spring Concert on the first Sunday in May.
The musicians of the Orchestra, and the vocalists of the Chorus come from all walks of life. Teachers, retirees, medical and business professionals, students, homemakers, and many other professions are represented within our membership. All have various musical backgrounds, from performing professionally to singing in the shower. There is one driving force that brings us all together, and that is the love of music.
New members are always welcome! Weekly rehearsals begin approximately 8 - 10 weeks before each concert. To join our mailing list, or if you are interested in becoming a member of one or both groups, contact us at:
Tecumseh Pops Orchestra & Community Chorus P.O. Box 125 Tecumseh, MI 49286
The Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh has been presenting the Travel & Adventure Cinema Series for over 30 years. Shows are the held the second Tuesday of October, November, January, February, March and April, with each month featuring a different city, country or region.
Each digital film is shown on the big screen at TCA and is hosted and narrated live by the film maker. You'll find that the films provide for an adventurous, educational, and enriching evening. For a truly relaxing travel experience, order the complete 6-show Travel & Adventure Cinema Series.
The Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh holds weekly breakfast meetings on Tuesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church on Bishop Reed Drive in Tecumseh. The Club serves the Tecumseh community with many sponsored events and activities, including youth and civic projects, and joint projects with groups such as the Tecumseh Service Club, and Hospice.
The Tecumseh Players is a community theater group founded in 1960 and located in Tecumseh, Michigan. It is a non-profit, volunteer run organization whose goal is to provide and promote quality live theater in Tecumseh and the surrounding area.
Tecumseh Dance Workshop (TDW) strives to provide a quality Dance Education, through highly trained and experienced Faculty. Our Mission is to nurture an appreciation of the Arts, instill a strong work ethic, self discipline, a sense of fulfillment and a greater knowledge of Dance Theory and Technique. TDW welcomes you and your student.
We have hard-working and concerned Faculty who will be working with your student. The Faculty has not changed in many years and is the primary reason that so many of our students have been chosen for the most Prestigious Pre-Professional Schools in the country. Dance education is most rewarding when the student works consistently to the best of their ability.
At Dance Steps Studio, Inc., we will share our passion for the art of dance with the students that we teach, providing them with the highest quality of instruction and strive to make a positive influence in each and every life that we touch.
Owner/Director - Laurie Stoianowski
Tecumseh Studio 123 S. Ottawa St. Tecumseh, MI 49286
Saline Studio 740 Woodland Dr. East Saline, MI 48176
Business Office 5449 Countryside Dr. Saline, MI 48176
Infusion Performing Arts Academy is a high quality education program for students ages 2-adult in the areas of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop, Pointe and other forms of Performing Arts. This program will be created and run to develop the whole person through curriculum that integrates all aspects of fitness, well being, performing and movement. We aim to develop each student physically, artistically and socially to give each student the skills they need to move forward into a professional career, college dance experience and/or healthy living choices.
Our vision includes the belief that:
A strong curriculum and syllabus will support the potential of each student
Each student will be taught in a creative, cooperative and collaborative manner all while promoting independent thinking.
Students learn best in a creative environment placed within a firm framework of high standards in instruction and in learning.
The Tecumseh Public Schools have been a long-standing presenter and partner with the Tecumseh Center for the Arts. Since the TCA’s 1981 Grand Opening and the Music Department’s instrumental and vocal performances that first day, Tecumseh Public Schools have presented more than three decades of live performances and special programs to tens of thousands of students and adults alike.
For a number of years, every elementary, middle school, and high school student had either been a performer or an audience member of a live show at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts. From musical performances and plays, to TPS Art Department displays, student assemblies, Tecumseh Youth Theatre performances, D.A.R.E. programs, Senior Class Night, and other various honors and awards nights, the TCA has been host to many unforgettable moments in our students’ lives.
The Tecumseh Public Schools currently present several middle and high school band, orchestra, and choir concerts, as well as elementary school music recitals and special events throughout the school year at the TCA.
For a complete schedule of TPS events, please visit the Tecumseh Public Schools’ website and check back periodically on the Tecumseh Center for the Arts website for special school performances at the TCA.