October 17, 2013
The halls of the Department of Music at the University of Mary have been alive this fall with the sounds of saxes, trumpets, percussion, and a host of other instruments. Once again it's that time of year when the Mary Concert Band presents its fall performance.
"This year will be a very special one indeed," said Conductor DennisGowen, professor of music and director of bands and high brass at the University of Mary.
The music department faculty have been hard at work planning and auditioning students from around the state for the first ever University of Mary High School Honor Band celebration, which will take place during the annual Fall Band Concert Saturday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m., at the Belle Mehus City Auditorium in Bismarck. This performance is free and open to the public.
"In addition to the university's Concert Band presenting their fall concert we've embarked on our first Honor Band event," added Gowen, "Our faculty took a week this fall visiting local and statewide high schools, auditioning many fine young musicians. Participating honor band students will hail from all five local Bismarck-Mandan high schools, as well as other schools around the state such as West Fargo, Dickinson, and Williston."
"This will be a great experience for our students," says Eric Rooke, director of bands at Williston High School.
Bismarck High band director Bob Peske agreed, "We are thrilled that our students will have an opportunity to work with some of the finest music faculty in the Midwest, right here in our own back yard."
Outstanding Mary alum and faculty who will be featured in this concert include Theresa Mack, Rugby, '09, and Jordan Boehm, Mandan, '09, on piccolo trumpets, and Drs. Scott Sandberg, sax and Lucas Bernier, percussion.
The Honor Band will perform works by Paulson, Green and Stalter, while the Mary Concert Band presents music by Grainger, Beidenbender, Hazo, and Vivaldi. Both groups will combine at the end of the concert with a performance of Sousa's march From Maine to Oregon, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.