NSU Symphonic Band to go on Winter Tour culminating in home concert on Feb. 11

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Symphonic Band, 2 O’Clock Jazz Ensemble and Dominant 7 brass ensemble will embark on a winter recruitment tour Feb. 5 to 8, throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, which will come to an end with a home concert on Feb. 11 on the NSU campus.

The ensembles will perform concerts at St. Mary’s High School in Bismarck, N.D.; Valley City High School in Valley City, N.D.; Davies High School and Sheyenne High School in Fargo, N.D.; Chanhassen High School in Chanhassen, Minn.; and Chaska High School in Chaska, Minn.

The tour program, which features the Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Rolf Olson, associate professor of music/director of bands, is entitled “Alive” and features music of contemporary composers. Featured soloists include NSU student music majors Daniel Jimenez of Cochabamba, Bolivia, on snare drum; Molly Royals of Rapid City on clarinet; and Joni Willoughby of Midland on bass clarinet.

Featured NSU faculty include Dr. Audrey Miller on clarinet, Dr. Travis Netzer on tuba, Mr. Fred Hemke on oboe and Dr. Terry Beckler, guest conducting a piece with the Symphonic Band. The 2 O’Clock Jazz Ensemble and Dominant 7 brass ensemble are conducted by Dr. Grant Manhart. Featured on the jazz ensemble program is NSU senior music major Tanner Chilson of Watertown on string bass.

The tour will culminate in a home concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in the NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center’s Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3.50 for NSU faculty/staff, and free for school-aged children or NSU students with ID. For ticket information, please call 605-626-2900.

Tickets can be purchased at the Johnson Fine Arts Center Box Office or online via the School of Fine Arts Page. Box office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, noon-4 p.m. The box office opens two hours before the show begins on performance nights.

For more information, please contact Olson at Rolf.Olson@northern.edu.

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a regional university that offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities at an affordable price on a safe, welcoming campus. Northern State recently announced its Educational Impact Campaign, with a goal of raising $45 million for a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, new athletic and recreation fields, and an on-campus regional sports complex. Once the campaign is complete, NSU will be the recipient of more than $100 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.