Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. the Brass Band of Minot presents its winter concert, continuing the patriotic theme of its recent concerts on stage in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University.
"We're still aware that the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 just happened, and this is also the 70th year after World War II, and 150 years after the Civil War," said director Gordon Troxel. "We'll be doing the 'American Salute' and 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home.' "
On the program is a euphonium trio, "Echo Waltz," which features Tim Wollenzien, Cris Badger and Troxel. "Tim and I are both directors, so it's a treat to be able to play," Troxel said. "He's really enjoying it. Wayne Schempp will be directing that one." Other numbers include a jazz piece, "Joy Dance," and a nod to Valentine's Day with "I Love You Truly.' "
The Brass Band will also be hosting the Nodakords and Men of Minot singing both a capella during the show and together with the Band for the finale.
"I wasn't sure how to bill them (the singers)," Troxel said. "Everyone knows the Nodakords, and the others are people who have come in specifically for this event. Mostly they've come from church choirs and friends of friends.
"Of course we're hoping they'll want to join permanently," he said with a grin.
The Band will be performing some stirring numbers, such as "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Amazing Grace," the latter with Al Schon and Pat Schwan the soloists. But the most stirring promises to be the finale, with massed choir and instruments performing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Admission is free, with a freewill offering being accepted.