Pine City Concert Band and Jazz One Honored
The Pine City band program continues to grow its reputation throughout the region and state, and was recently selected to participate in a pair of performances that will showcase the ensemble to school administrators and musicians statewide.
The Senior High Concert Band, an ensemble of 78 students in grades 10 through 12, was recently invited to perform in a special concert alongside the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble on February 21 in St. Cloud. Each year, the SCSU band performs a concert with two outstanding high school bands, and this year’s performance will feature the Pine City Concert Band and the Milaca Wind Ensemble. Pine City was selected for its reputation of receiving superior honors at both large group and solo/ensemble music festivals over the past several years.
Shortly after learning about the prestigious invitation to play in St. Cloud, the music department also learned its top jazz ensemble, Jazz One, had been selected to perform at the Minnesota School Board Association’s Annual Convention in Minneapolis on January 14. The annual convention gathers school administrators and school board members from throughout the state and, through an application process, selects two music ensembles to provide performances for the assembly. Of all applications received
statewide from both bands and choirs, Pine City’s Jazz One was selected for this important performance. At this event, the band of about 20 senior high students will play in front of representative from nearly every school district in the state.
According to band director Brad Mariska, the growing reputation of the band program represents a unique collaboration of students, teachers, and community members. Says Mariska: “The music program here in Pine City and the success it enjoys is the result of many people working together. We are fortunate to have hardworking students, supportive parents, and a school administration that supports the arts. The students in our ensembles take pride in working hard and performing at a high level.”
The Concert Band’s performance in St. Cloud on Sunday, February 21 is open to the public and Pine City residents are encouraged to attend the concert. Additional details will be provided as the date approaches.