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DLMS bands to perform concerts

The Detroit Lakes Middle School Bands will present their first concert of the school year in their Fall Band Concert Thursday, Nov. 14.

The sixth, seventh and eighth grade bands will perform an eclectic variety of music. Included will be marches — both traditional and concert — overtures, slow tunes, popular  and rock selections, a movie soundtrack and original programmatic band compositions.

Leading off the program will be the sixth grade band. Their selections include: “Mount Vernon March” and “Shackelford Banks,” which is a programmatic work musically depicting wild horses found off the coast of Georgia. The pop music classic “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” follows next. A rock tune in “Final Countdown,” followed by “Red Thunder” closes the sixth grade band portion.

Next up will be the seventh grade band. They will be performing “Sportsmarch; Counterbalance,” a powerful new work exploring very contrasting musical genres in one piece. Next up is the popular theme song “Morning has Broken,” followed by a television series written for band from the past in “Happy Days,” and the final seventh grade piece, “Afterburn.”

Closing the performance is the eighth grade band. They will open up with “The Scot’s Brigade March,” followed by the brand new, audience captivating and flashy overture in “On Cloud Nine.” The hymn tune “Nearer, My God, to Thee” is next. A marching band arrangement of “Make Me Smile” by the timeless rock group Chicago will be the pop/rock selection. The eighth grade band will close the concert with “Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring).”

As the descriptions entail, there will be something of interest to please any and all tastes in music.

The performance will be given in the George Simson Middle School Auditorium and will begin at 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome and invited to attend. There is no admission charge.

All of the bands are under the direction of Middle School band director Paul Dierkhising.