Minot’s ‘A Palm Sunday Concert’ Brass Band scheduled for April 10 | News, Sports, Jobs


Brass Band de Minot will conclude its 2021-2022 season with “A Palm Sunday Concert” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University.

Special guest Jocelyn Rodgers, who some may remember from her work with the Medora Musical, will open the concert with an a capella rendition of the Ukrainian national anthem in recognition of Ukraine’s current struggles.

The group will then accompany Rodgers for the “Star-Spangled Banner” and continue with the enthusiasm of Paul Lavalle “The March of the Band of America” followed by “Second Suite in F Major” by Gustav Holst. “Second Sequel” is a band favorite for the way Holst has woven a number of folksong tunes into a sonic tapestry. The group will play the movements “March,” “Blacksmith’s Song” and “Fantasy on the Dargason.

In “Song of the Blacksmith”, the role of blacksmith’s anvil will be played by a favorite but underutilized instrument of the percussion section: the brake drum. As the name suggests, the instrument was made from the brake drum of a car wheel.

The band will then accompany special guest David Rolandson, Director of Bands at MSU, in Edward Gregson’s Third Movement “Tuba concerto”. This stimulating piece shows what a tuba in the hands of a virtuoso like Rolandson can do with a fast and flexible rondo section, a bluesy/jazz section and a dramatic cadence.

Next, the band will play Steve Sykes’ arrangement of “The Raiders of the Lost Ark” by John Williams and Ivor Bosanko “Centennial of the Rockies”, a Salvation Army festival march with musical references to mountain folk songs, including “House on the beach.”

The concert will continue with the soothing sounds of “Jesus Pie” by Andrew Lloyd Webber “Requiem” featuring the melodious sounds of the E-flat Soprano Crown and the Flugelhorn, two instruments that create a beautiful, mellow sound rarely seen outside the repertoire of British-style brass bands. The band will perform the lyrical song by Robert Spittal “Pacem: A Hymn for Peace” and conclude with the majestic and jubilant arrangement by James D. Ployhar “Praise be to the Lord.”

The Brass Band of Minot is the only British-style brass band in North Dakota and offers the public the opportunity to experience the unique sound of brass banding through a variety of different styles of music. The group is led by Gordon Troxel and consists of brass and percussionists from Minot and other northwestern North Dakota communities who share a love for marching band music. This concert helps show what makes British-style Brass Bands unique.

Brass Band of Minot concerts are free and open to the public, but cash and check donations are welcome.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Minot Brass Band will be back in October for its 2022-2023 season.

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