Minot City Band presents the Sousa Concert

The Minot City Band, under the direction of Joseph Alme, will present their final concert of the season at Oak Park on Thursday, July 18. The Concert will be at 7 p.m. in the old band shell.

The concert will open with “Sabre and Spurs” by John Philip Sousa, followed by Highlights from “Beauty and the Beast” by Alan Menken arr. by John Moss. The Sousa concert will continue with one of Sousa’s most famous marches, “Sempre Fidelis.”

A special event at the concert will be an appearance by Jim Clifford, parade chairman of the North Dakota State Fair Parade. Clifford is a retired Fire Chief from Minot Air Force Base. He will appear as siren soloist with the band performing “Midnight Fire Alarm” by Harry Lincoln.

Other compositions on the program include: “The Thunderer” by John Philip Sousa, The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” arr. by Ringwald, the famous Carmen Dragon arrangement of “America the Beautiful” and America’s own “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.

The Minot City Band, now in its 98th season, was first organized in 1921 by G.C. Humphries with the purpose of providing entertainment at civic and community functions. During the early years the band experienced an on-again, off-again existence as needed until 1937 when Arvel Graving took the baton and directed the band until 1950.

The band took a resting period and reorganization plans were started in 1958 under the name “Minot Musicians Association Band” under the direction of Art Jacobson. In 1962, the City of Minot approved financial support and the name was changed officially to “The Minot City Band.”

The 60 piece band continues to attract many of the best musicians in the Minot area. This enables the band to perform summer concerts featuring new literature each time as well as the implementation of numerous artist soloists, both vocal and instrumental. The band is presently making plans in anticipation of its 100th anniversary in 2021.

The Thursday concert is free and open to the public.