ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Symphonic Band and 2 O’Clock
Jazz Ensemble are traveling to area high schools to perform on Feb. 5 and 6.
The bands will perform at Huron High School, Sully Buttes High School, Mitchell High School and Warner High School. The schedule is as follows:
• Feb. 5: Huron High School Auditorium, 8 a.m.; Onida High School, 2 p.m.
• Feb. 6: Mitchell High School Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.; Warner High School, 2 p.m.
The concerts are free and open to the public.
Included in the concert will be clarinet soloist Dr. Alan LaFave, formerly of Onida.
LaFave is the dean of the NSU School of Fine Arts and former director of bands at Northern State University. With the band, LaFave will perform the famous “Concertino” by Carl Maria Von Weber.
In addition to the clarinet solo, the band will perform works by Shostakovich,
Gillingham, Zdechlik and Sousa. The band is conducted by Dr. Boyd Perkins.
The 2 O’Clock Jazz Ensemble is the premier jazz ensemble at Northern State University and is known for its high-energy performances of all genres of jazz. Jazz ensemble director Dr. Grant Manhart is NSU’s professor of high brass and jazz studies. He has previous performance experience with the Buddy Rich Big Band as well as Broadway orchestras. The band will interact with the audience
and provide a rich experience for concertgoers of all ages.
Photos, from top: LaFave, Manhart, Perkins