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Detroit Lakes All City Band Festival celebrates 50 years

Composer and conductor Aaron Perrine will be the guest conductor at the 2014 All City Band Festival.

The Detroit Lakes Schools Band program, and by special appearance, the Lakes Area Community Band, will present their 50th annual All City Band Festival Grand Concert on Sat., March 29 at 7:30 p.m.

As in past years, the Detroit Lakes Senior high gymnasium will fill the floor to capacity with instrumental performers from the Middle School Bands 6-8, Senior High Bands 9-12, and for the 50th annual, the Lakes Area Community Band.

Aaron Perrine, composer and conductor, is this year’s guest conductor/clinician. The Detroit Lakes Band program has commissioned Perrine to compose a piece for the milestone concert. The work, … to the Wind, will be premiered by the Mass Band the evening of the performance.

Perrine, currently teaches at Cornell College, which is located in scenic Mount Vernon, Iowa.

In addition to his teaching duties at Cornell, Mr. Perrine is an eclectic composer, with works in a variety of genres. Aaron Perrine’s music has been performed by some of the leading ensembles and soloists across the United States and beyond. This past winter, one of his compositions, Pale Blue on Deep, won the prestigious 2013 American Bandmasters Association Sousa/Ostwald Award and has just been performed by the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble at the American Bandmasters Association Convention this month.

April, another composition for band, was a finalist in the first Frank Ticheli Composition Contest. This work was also recorded by the University of North Texas Symphonic Band, and was a featured composition in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Volume 7. His music for band has also been featured at a variety of honor bands and state conferences.

Perrine’s chamber music has received many notable performances. Most recently, Primal, for saxophone quartet, was performed at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress in Saint Andrews, Scotland. Additionally, Bridge Street, for alto saxophone and cello, was performed at the 2012 NASA Biennial Conference in Tempe, Arizona.

Perrine has received music degrees from the University of Minnesota, Morris, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis main campus, and is currently pursuing a Ph D in composition from the University of Iowa. As an educator, he spent five years as a band director in the public schools, and taught at the University of Iowa prior to his current assignment at Cornell. Some of his publications can be found at C. Alan Publications, while everything else is self-published under the name, Longitude 91 Publications.

The Detroit Lakes All City Band Grand Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior High Gymnasium and will feature two selections by each band. One piece will be conducted by Detroit Lakes school band directors Paul Dierkhising, Heather Trowbridge, and Lakes Area Community Band director, Gene Gaffney, with Perrine to conduct a piece from each performing ensemble as well.

The finale of the performance will feature all bands combining in the Mass Band, with Perrine conducting, including his own composition written just months ago for the Detroit Lakes band program

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, $2. Admission is free for students Grade 5 and under.

The public is cordially invited to attend.