Northland Band Season Approaches

Attention all musicians, both past and present, the Northland Community Band will begin its spring schedule starting 7 p.m., Monday, March 14, in the Northland Community & Technical College band room on the Thief River Falls campus. The band, which is always in search of new players, provides a great place to utilize your musical skills while having a fun, creative time with people, from ages 14-70+, who come from all over northwest Minnesota.

However, you might be thinking, I no longer have my band instrument. In that case, the band can help out since it has a flute, two clarinets, and trumpets, trombones, horns, baritones, and tubas as well as all forms of percussion instruments.

And for those of you who may be feeling that it’s been too long since you last played, you have an expert teacher, musician, and director in Linda Samuelson, who can reinvigorate your musical skills in no time at all. Remember that playing an instrument is much like riding a bicycle—the skill comes back almost as soon as you get back on!

If you’re also concerned about the time commitment, it isn’t the least bit onerous. The band meets each Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. from March 14 to May 9 with two concert performances: a spring concert on Tuesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. and the Northland Community and Technical College graduation on Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. The music for the concerts will emphasize the lighter nature of spring music and will likely have a march or two as well as a couple of novelty numbers that are as fun to listen to as they are to play. Final music choices will be made based on instrumentation.

For more information you can contact Linda Samuelson, Music Director, at 218-683-8717 or by email at

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 or call 1.800.959.6282.