ABERDEEN, S.D. – More than 400 students and directors will participate in the 66th annual Northern State University Band Clinic on Nov. 14.
That includes 335 North Dakota and South Dakota high school students and directors who are pre-registered, as well as NSU band students – and it marks an extremely large enrollment in the event’s history.
A concert including band clinic festival bands and the NSU Symphonic Band begins at 3 p.m. at the Johnson Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.
Conducting the student clinic bands will be Dr. Craig Aarhus from Mississippi State University. At MSU, he co-directs the famous Maroon Band and basketball pep bands, conducts the Starkville/MSU Community Band and teaches courses in the department of music. As a member of the band faculty, Aarhus has been part of a team that has helped lead the band program to unprecedented growth, making it one of the largest bands in the Southeast.
World-famous saxophonist and NSU faculty member Fred Hemke is performing at the Band Clinic with the Symphonic Band under the direction of NSU Director of Bands Dr. Boyd Perkins. Hemke will perform Sammy Nestico’s “Persuasion.” The composition is a jazz-influenced solo work for alto saxophone and band. The band will also perform Alfred Reed’s “Jubilant Overture” and “Pas Redouble” by Camile Saint Seans.
Established in 1947, the NSU Band Clinic is the longest running band directors’ workshop in South Dakota. With the mission of exposing students and directors to new music resources and educational techniques for school bands, the clinic features two high school festival bands and the NSU Symphonic Band in concert at the conclusion of the day.