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Area middle school students to perform with NIC Symphonic Band

About 300 middle school students from throughout the region will perform with the North Idaho College Symphonic Band in the Gathering of the Bands concert Wednesday, Nov. 10. This annual event brings together eighth-grade band members from area middle schools for a joint performance with peers and mentors. “This concert allows them to socialize with other band members, play in a band with full instrumentation and just have fun,” said NIC Band Director Terry Jones. Students from Woodland Middle School, Canfield Middle School, Holy Family Catholic School, Sandpoint Middle School, Lakes Middle School, Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy, Timberlake Junior High School, Bonners Ferry Middle School, Lakeland Junior High School, Post Falls Middle School, Lakeside Middle School, Wallace Middle School, River City Middle School and St. Maries Middle School will combine to form two separate bands that will perform at the concert. One group will combine to perform three pieces under the conduction of guest director Dave Weathered, music supervisor for School District 81 in Spokane. They will perform “March of the Irish Dragoons,” “Scottish Ballade,” and “Aztec Fire.” The second group led by guest director Lee Shook, band director at Northwood Middle School in Spokane, will perform “Trumpets of Seville,” “Radetzky's March” and “Highlights from the Wizard of Oz.” The NIC Symphonic Band will perform “American Overture for Band,” “Suite of Old American Dances” featuring early 20th century dance tunes such as the western one-step, a waltz and a cake walk, and an Aaron Copeland piece titled “A Lincoln Portrait,” which will feature the narration of parts of President Abraham Lincoln's speeches by NIC Chair of the Communication, Fine Arts and Humanities Division Virginia Johnson. All of the bands will join together for the performance of John Phillip Sousa's “Stars and Stripes Forever” as the concert's grand finale. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium on NIC's main campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

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NIC Band Director Terry Jones, (208) 769-3258



Posted: Friday, Oct. 29, 2004

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