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 Wind Symphony in theGathering of the Bands concert Wednesday, Nov. 15.
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 and just have fun,” said NIC Band Director Terry Jones.
Students from Woodland Middle School, Canfield Middle School, Sandpoint Middle School, Lakes Middle School, Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, Timberlake Junior/Senior 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 “American Heroes March” by Mark Williams, “Appalachian Folk Fantasy” arranged by Annie McGinty and “Aztec Fire” by Jay Bocook.
The second group led by guest director Lee Shook, band director at Northwood Middle School in Spokane, will perform “March of the Irish Dragoons” arranged by Andrew Balent, “A Scottish Ballad” arranged by Robert Sheldon and “Renegade Dances” by David Schaffer.
The NIC Wind Symphony will perform John Williams’ arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner,” which was commissioned especially for the 2004 Rose Bowl, Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” including movements featuring Mars, the bringer of war, and Jupiter, the bringer of jollity. The symphony will also perform James Barnes’ “Lonely Beach,” which is based on D-Day June 6, 1944 at Normandy during World War II.
All of the bands will join together for the performance of John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever March” as the concert’s grand finale.
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: (208) 769-3276.

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

Posted: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006

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