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Band concert set Jan. 28 at DLMS

The Detroit Lakes Middle School bands will present their Winter Band Concert on Monday, Jan. 28. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the George Simson Auditorium at Detroit Lakes Middle School.

The bands will be performing an eclectic variety of music and included in this concert will be numerous categories of band literature and genres. There will be traditional and contemporary marches, original programmatic pieces, slow works, popular, country, and light rock selections, and an orchestral transcription. Some of the pieces the audience may recognize in pop music, while others will be brand new and unique from the pens of the composers.

The Sixth Grade Band will perform: "For The Glory of the Flag," an original march type work; "Skygazer Fanfare," which is an up tempo, "feel good" original work for band; a classic western, "Ghost Riders in the Sky"; and "Prelude to a Festival."

Next to perform is the Seventh Grade Band with: "Three Rivers March: Quest to the Summit," a programmatic piece musically depicting an arduous journey to the volcano Mount Semeru in Indonesia. Next up will be "Korean Folk Song," featuring a medley of native Korean folk tunes. Neil Diamond's classic "Sweet Caroline" will be performed next, and the band's final number is a brand new piece depicting the journey of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower ship across the Atlantic, "A Voyage To Freedom."

The finale will feature the Eighth Grade Band, performing classical composer Prokofiev's "March, Op.99," followed by "The Last to Defend," which is a musical portrayal of two Civil War ships in battle. A touching, brand new work, "A Solitary Wish," will follow. This work reflects the composer's encounter and conversation with a homeless person during the Christmas holiday season. Next is "Kickin' Up Country," and the band will close the concert Samuel Hazo's "Ascend (3rd Movement from Georgian Suite)."

With the variety of music presented, the Middle School Bands hope to satisfy any and all tastes in music. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.