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On November 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Northland Community & Technical College Theatre in Thief River Falls, instrumental performers from the area will take the stage to entertain with a variety of music. The performing groups slated for the evening’s entertainment are the Northland High School Honor Band, made up of 92 of the top instrumental students from the area and the Northland Community Band. The ensembles and event are under the direction of NCTC Music Instructor, Linda Samuelson.
The first group on the stage will be the Northland Community Band (NCB). They will open their portion of the program with a light, three-movement work, “Give Me Some Groove!,” followed by an arrangement of Auld Lang Syne, “Old Scottish Melody” arranged by Charles Wiley. The next piece is also a transcription. “March of the Trolls” is a musical frolic based on Norwegian folklore and their pesky trolls. “Folklore for Band” is an original piece that is inspired by British folk tunes. An Arkansas folk tune is the basis for “Travelin’ Music,” The Arkansas Traveler. The NCB will complete their program with a light, yet musically challenging composition, “Gee, Officer Krupke,” as heard in Bernstein’s musical West Side Story, before handing off the stage to the Honor Band.
The final group on the program is Northland’s High School Honor Band. The sixteen area schools attending this year’s high school festival and their directors are: Badger School – Lisa Erickson; Goodridge – Lorrisa Skalsky; Greenbush-Middle River – Nick Flattum; Grygla-Gatzke HS – Gene Lunsetter; Lake of the Woods – Liz Tange; Lancaster – Alanna Dawson; Lincoln High School – Katie Hahn; Mahnomen – Jill Bisek; Marshall County Central – Katie Miller; Red Lake Falls – Lacie Hovland; Roseau – Lance Dubay; Stephen-Argyle Central – Nathan Dalager; Tri-County HS – Brad Thompson; Warren-Alvarado-Oslo – Molly Fridstrom; Warroad – Duane Ledin; and Win-E-Mac – Amanda Shultz. Together these 16 schools are bringing 92 participants to Northland to share in a day of music making.
Preceding this concert is a day of rehearsal for the HS Honor Band. The students participating in the Honor Band were nominated by their directors. The student’s full day of rehearsing will culminate at the Autumn Musicale Concert. The Festival begins at 10:00 a.m. with full group rehearsals, which will occupy most of the student’s time. The Honor Band will be rehearsing and performing four pieces: “The Cowboys,” a movie music march composed by John Williams; then a British folk song composition by Ralph Vaughan Willams, “Sea Songs”; followed by “Marche Diabolique,” a 2014 composition written by Brian Balmages that indicates to the performers to play the music “Menacing and Deliberate”; and wrapping up their portion of the program with a challenging Latin number originally by Alfred Reed entitled, “El Camino Real,” which translates into “The Royal Road” or “The King’s Highway.”
Admission for the Autumn Musicale Concert to be held at NCTC on Nov.18 at 6:00 p.m. is $5.00 and doors will open at 5:30 for the general admission seating. For more information you can contact Linda Samuelson, Music Instructor, at 218-683-8717 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit www.northlandcollege.edu or call 1.800.959.6282.