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NDSCS Mass Band Concert to be directed by Guest Conductor

Posted on 2/25/2015

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NDSCS Concert Band will perform with Wahpeton and Breckenridge high school bands

The North Dakota State College of Science Concert Band is set to perform together with both the Wahpeton and Breckenridge high school bands under the direction of guest conductor Terry Beckler. The concert will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton at 7:30 p.m.

The combined bands will perform a total of five pieces including "Hosts of Freedom March," by Karl L. King and edited by John P. Paynter, "Visigoths," by Sean O'Loughlin, "Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618," by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and transcribed by Joseph Kreines, "Disney at the Movies," arranged by John Higgins, and "America Exultant," by Henry Fillmore and arranged by Andrew Glover.

Terry Beckler currently serves as a percussion professor and assistant director of bands at Northern State University (NSU) in Aberdeen, S.D. He has been a member of the 147th Army Band based in Mitchell, S.D., for more than 28 years. Beckler enlisted in 1986 as a percussionist and, since 1998, has been commander/conductor of this group and holds the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. He is also an active clinician/adjudicator in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

The NSU Percussion Ensemble will also perform during the concert. They are set to play a variety of pieces, including "Tribal Beat Sound System," by Kevin Tuck, "Sabre Dance" by Aram Khachaturian and arranged by James L. Moore, "A Beatles Medley," arranged by Jeff Moore, and "Cissy Strut," arranged by Diane Downs and Rick Mattingly.

The concert is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted following the performance in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center lobby.



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