NCTC to host high school honor band and concert

45th Annual High School Honor Band and Concert

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN, Nov. 16, 2017 - On November 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) Theatre in Thief River Falls, instrumental performers from the area will take the stage to entertain with a variety of music. The performing groups slated for the evening’s entertainment are the Northland High School Honor Band, made up of 99 of the top instrumental students from Northwest Minnesota and the Northland Community Band. The ensembles and event are under the direction of NCTC Music Instructor, Linda Samuelson.

“The Northland Music Department has hosted an annual high school band event since 1972. Now in its 45th year,” said Linda Samuelson. She added “Students join us from 13 area schools. They come together to rehearse for a full day and then present the culmination of their hard work that evening at the Band Concert.”

The first group on the stage will be the Northland Community Band. They will open their portion of the program with a piece by Sergei Prokofiev titled “March” Op. 99, followed by “Waltz No. 2” from Suite for a Variety Stage Orchestra, written by Dmitri Shostakovich and arranged by James Curnow. The next piece is by MacDonald and Jessel, “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers”. They will also perform “Air for the G String” written by J.S. Bach, and arranged by Mayhew Lake. A polka-march selection titled “Karusselbrise” will be played. Before handing off the stage to the Honor Band, they will conclude with a “Schottische” and “Western One-Step” from Suite of Old American Dances written by Robert Russell Bennett.

Students join us from 13 area schools. They come together to rehearse for a full day and then present the culmination of their hard work that evening at the Band Concert.

The final group on the program is Northland’s High School Honor Band. The 13 area schools attending this year’s high school festival and their directors are: Fisher – Cameron Koenen; Greenbush-Middle River – Nick Flattum; Lancaster – Alanna Dawson; Lincoln High School – Katie Hahn; Mahnomen – Jill Bisek; Marshall County Central – Katie Miller; Red Lake Falls – Lacie Hovland; Roseau – Lance Dubay; Stephen-Argyle Central – Nathan Dalager; Tri-County HS – Brad Thompson; Warren-Alvarado-Oslo – Molly Fridstrom; Warroad – Elijah Beaudine; and Win-E-Mac – Amanda Shultz. Together these 13 schools are bringing 99 participants to Northland to share in a day of music making.

Preceding this concert is a day of rehearsal for the HS Honor Band. The students participating in the Honor Band were nominated by their directors. The student’s full day of rehearsing will culminate at the Autumn Musicale Concert. The Festival begins at 10:00 a.m. with full group rehearsals, which will occupy most of the student’s time. The Honor Band will be rehearsing and performing four pieces: “Triumphal Symphony,” Excerpts from the Finale of Symphony Funebre et Triomphale by Hector Berlioz and arranged for concert band by Larry Daehn. "Childhood Hymn" by Holsinger which is based on "Jesus Loves Me" and "El Capitan," march from the operetta of the same name written by John Philip Sousa. The Honor Band will wrap up the program with a challenging and highly rhythmic piece inspired by the rhythms of the African continent, “Celebration Tribalesque,” written by Randall Standridge.

Admission for the Concert to be held at Northland College on Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m. is $5.00 and doors will open at 5:30 for the general admission seating.

For more information you can contact Linda Samuelson, Music Instructor, at 218-683-8717 or by email at

Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.