Area middle school students to perform with NIC Symphonic Band

More than 300 middle school students from throughout the region will perform with the North Idaho College Symphonic Band in the Gathering of the Bands concert Wednesday, Nov. 9.
This annual event brings together eighth-grade band members from area middle schools for a joint performance with peers and mentors.
“This concert allows them to socialize with other band members, play in a band with full instrumentation and just have fun,” said NIC Band Director Terry Jones.
Students from Woodland Middle School, Canfield Middle School, Holy Family Catholic School, Sandpoint Middle School, Lakes Middle School, Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, Timberlake Junior High School, Bonners Ferry Middle School, Lakeland Junior High School, Post Falls Middle School, Lakeside Middle School, River City Middle School, St. Maries Middle School and Newport Middle School from Newport, Wash., will combine to form two separate bands that will perform at the concert.
One group will combine to perform three pieces under the conduction of guest director Dave Weathered, music supervisor for School District 81 in Spokane. They will perform “Fire Dance,” “Appalacian Folk Fantasy” and “Hieroglyphs.”
The second group led by guest director Lee Shook, band director at Northwood Middle School in Spokane, will perform “Renegade Dances,” “Bluesville” and “Those Magnificent Marches.”
The NIC Symphonic Band will perform “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky and “Festive Overture” by Shostakovich.
All of the bands will join together for the performance of John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” as the concert’s grand finale.
The performance is dedicated to Sandpoint High School Band Director Tom Walton in honor of the countless hours of work he’s put in with students throughout his career. The event will also include a special tribute to in honor of his retirement.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium on NIC’s main campus. The concert is free and open to the public.
Information: Janet Warner at Ext. 3276.

For More Information
NIC Band Director Terry Jones, (208) 769-3258

Posted: Friday, Nov. 4, 2005

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