Pine City Band featured in “Music Alive” concert at SCSU

Monday, February 15th, 2010 at 6:36 am

The Pine City High School Concert Band will take the stage on Sunday with the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble in SCSU’s annual “Music Alive” Festival Concert.  Pine City was invited for this prestigious performance based on their recent success at large group and solo/ensemble music contests.  The Pine City ensemble comprises 78 talented student musicians in grades 10 through 12, and is directed by Bradley Mariska.

According to Mariska, the invitation is a significant honor not only for the band program but the entire district.  “We are very proud to represent the Pine City Schools and community as a whole at this concert,” said the director.  “The success of the Pine City band program is a collective effort made by school staff and administrators, students and parents, and the community members who attends our concerts and support the district financially.  Their support is invaluable.”

This weekend, Pine City will play a trio of exciting and challenging works: La Roquina, a Spanish march by W.B. Green; With Quiet Courage, a touching ballad by Larry Daehn; and Abram’s Pursuit, a programmatic depiction of an Old Testament Biblical war composed by David Holsinger.

Just last month, Pine City’s music department was showcased with a performance by Jazz One at the Minnesota School Boards Association convention in Minneapolis.  There, over 1,000 school administrators from throughout the state were inspired by the talented locals.

At Saturday’s concert, hundreds from the St. Cloud area will come to not only hear the SCSU Wind Ensemble and the Pine City Concert Band, but will also be treated to performances by a high school honor band called Windfest Symphony and the Milaca High School Symphonic Band.  The concert is open to the public and begins at 3pm at Ritsche Auditorium on the campus of SCSU.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

For those unable to attend Sunday’s concert in St. Cloud, the Pine City Concert Band will have their annual Winter Concert on Monday, March 8 here in Pine City.  For more information about this or any other upcoming music events, contact Mariska at 320-629-4129 or bmariska@pinecity.k12.mn.us.

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