The Minot Brass Band will present a concert entitled “Something for Everyone” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 20, at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University.
Concert officials said the concert will feature a variety of musical styles, starting with the British March, Kenneth J. Alford’s “Colonel Bogey.” The name comes from a golf term, but audiences may recognize it as the song whistled by prisoners in the World War II epic, “Bridge over the River Kwai” or other movies and commercials.
The concert will continue with a special report: an arrangement by Arthur Pryor “Blue Bells of Scotland: Air and Variations,” with trombone soloist Michael HarriSon. Next, the group will turn to film music with “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” pieces from the musical “West Side Story,” and an interpretation of the song “You will never walk alone” of the musical “Carousel.” The group will then switch to jazz and Dixieland with John Palmer’s arrangement of the gospel anthem, “Just a closer walk with you.” With one final change in style, the concert will include an arrangement of the first rock and roll classic, “Rock Around the Clock.”
As the only British-style brass band in North Dakota, the Brass Band of Minot has been bringing music to North Dakota since 1994, when it was started by a group of brass musicians from the Minot area. Some of the founders still play with the band today, joined by musicians of various ages and backgrounds from Minot and surrounding communities and led by Gordon Troxel, a retired farmer, businessman and music teacher. by Berthold.
A British-style marching band includes trombones, euphoniums, baritones, B-flat tubas, percussion, cornets, flugelhorns, altoniums, and E-flat tubas. With the exception of the trombones, all the brass instruments in the group have a tapered bore, which means that the brass tubes they are made of gradually widen from the mouthpiece to the bell, resulting in a darker, richer sound. and sweeter than the bright sound associated with trumpets.
There are also technical differences in the way British-style marching band music is written and performed that provide additional challenges for players, but the flexibility of sound allows British-style marching band to play a variety of music and styles. musical. The group consists of two types of instruments: brass and percussion.
“Something for Everyone” will be the third concert of this season for the Minot Brass Band. His season will end with another concert on April 10. Both performances will take place at 4 p.m. at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. Brass Band du Minot concerts are free and open to the public.
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.