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Annual All City Band Festival is March 23

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     The Detroit Lakes Schools Band program will present their 49th annual All City Band Festival Grand Concert on Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m.

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     As in past years, the senior high gymnasium will fill the floor to capacity with instrumental performers from the Middle School and Senior High Bands participating.

     Erika Svanoe, from Bemidji State University, Bemidji Minnesota, (BSU) is this year’s guest conductor/clinician.

     There, at BSU, Svanoe is director of bands and assistant professor of music. At BSU, she is responsible for the direction and operations of the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Symphonic Band, Redline Swingers, instrumental methods, instrumental conducting, single reed techniques, and the clarinet studio.

     Originally from Whitewater, Wis., Svanoe earned her DMA in conducting at the Ohio State University in 2009 where she studied conducting with Russel Mikkelson and served as the doctoral teaching associate for the Ohio State Bands. While at Ohio State, she studied clarinet with Jim Pyne. She has also earned a masters of music degree in wind conducting from Oklahoma State University and a bachelors of music education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

     Prior to her appointment at Bemidji State University, Svanoe was the director of athletic bands at the University of New Hampshire where she directed the UNH Wildcat Marching Band and Pep Band, as well as other courses in the music department. She also taught middle school and high school band in Mukwonago, Wis.

     Svanoe is a member of several professional organizations including the College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, and Music Educator’s National Conference. She is also an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Honor Society. Dr. Svanoe has served as an adjudicator and clinician in New Hampshire, Maine, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

     The Detroit Lakes All City Band Grand Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Senior High Gymnasium and will feature two selections by each band with the students grades 6-12 combining in mass for the finale of the Festival.

     Advance tickets are available from any Detroit Lakes band student. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the performance. Adult tickets are $4 and student grades 6-12 are $2. Admission is free for students Grade 5 and under.

     The public is invited to attend.

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