ABERDEEN, S.D. – Before the Northern State University Marching Wolves perform in our nation’s capital for the second time, band members will hold an indoor concert at home.
The Indoor Marching Band Fundraiser Gala will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in the NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center. The public is invited to the concert, which will raise funds for the band’s Washington, D.C., trip.
The Marching Wolves have been invited to perform in the 57th annual Presidential Inaugural Parade on Monday, Jan. 21. The band is among more than 40 organizations invited to participate out of more than 2,800 applicants, according to the official parade website, http://2013pic.org/about/parade.
The groups chosen “reflect the spirit, values and diversity of our great nation,’’ President Barack Obama said in a news release announcing the selections, adding that he and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. “are honored to have them join us in the parade.”
NSU Dean of Fine Arts Alan LaFave said being selected to participate in the Presidential Inaugural Parade is one of the most prestigious invitations any band could hope to receive.
“This further illustrates the outstanding quality of the fine arts program here at Northern State and, once again, places NSU, Aberdeen and South Dakota on the national stage,” LaFave said. “I sincerely appreciate and commend the leadership and efforts of the directors and students who have all helped make this possible.”
NSU President Jim Smith said pride in the Marching Wolves is at an all-time high.
“There are only a handful of college/university bands who will march in this Inaugural Parade,” he said. “The exposure, to be seen by a national audience, for a university our size is publicity that we cannot receive in virtually any other manner.”
This isn’t the first time the NSU band has been selected for such an honor – the Marching Wolves also performed in the 2005 Inaugural Parade.
With such a small number of bands from any university, “to in turn be invited twice is really very impressive,” Smith said.
Smith continued, “For the next few weeks, our students and staff will be working to raise funding for the trip to D.C. We had no way to budget for a trip of this sort – we are optimistic that local benefactors will allow this trip to come about with minimal impact on our budget. Any level of financial support will be most important for this venture.”
Tickets for the Jan. 12 concert are available at Ken's SuperFair Foods, Kessler's, Engel Music and the NSU Fine Arts department. Cost is $20 or $5 for children under 12. There is no charge for NSU students.
“The students will be working feverishly upon their return from break to assemble the performance, learn new music, fundraise and put on this gala indoor concert,” LaFave said. “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these students, and we hope the public will come out to support their efforts."
If you can’t attend the concert but would like to donate toward the band’s D.C. trip, contact the NSU Foundation by calling 605-626-2550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.