M State student musicians will be joined by area high school band directors during a combined concert by the college’s Concert and Jazz bands at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, on the Fergus Falls campus.
Performing with the band for the final two numbers will be high school band directors (all of them trumpet players) Erick Knudson of Barnesville, Sean Fitzsimmons of Pelican Rapids, Matt Lamb of Perham, Rob Anderson of Ulen/Hitterdal, Brian Selander of Frazee, Andrew Eklund of Lake Park/Audubon, Tim Siewert of Detroit Lakes and Josh McGowan of Fergus Falls.
“We’ve had fun making some great music this fall, and the band members are looking forward to sharing it with the community,” said Jim Iverson, M State’s director of bands, in a news release.
The concert is free to the public.
The Concert Band will begin the concert in Legacy Hall, performing “An American Symphony” from “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” the African-American lullaby “All the Pretty Little Horses,” “Esprit De Corps,” “Bugler’s Holiday” and the finale, “Procession of the Nobles.”
Following the Concert Band performance, the show will move into Waage Theatre, where the Jazz Band will perform “Big Noise from Winnetka,” “Route 66,” “Coconut Champagne,” “God Bless the Child” and “This Little Light of Mine.” Fergus Falls High School’s Scott Kummrow will be guest soloist for the Jazz Band’s final three numbers.
Doors for the concerts will open at 1:30 p.m., and face coverings are required for all campus visitors.
Iverson encourages community musicians to consider joining the band for the upcoming spring semester.
“We’re always looking for more musicians of all abilities, so if you’re interested in playing with one or both of the groups next semester, please contact me for more information,” he said. Iverson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-736-1613.
As a member of the Minnesota State system, M State serves more than 8,000 students each year in more than 80 career and liberal arts programs online and at its campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena.