Thursday, August 25, 2011

SMU Concert Band invites area musicians to join

Area musicians who love band music are invited to the Saint Mary’s Concert Band’s first rehearsal of the season on Monday, Aug. 29, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. The Concert Band was founded in 1990 as a college-community partnership ensemble and is directed by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, professor of music and music education.

Rehearsals are held in Saint Yon’s Hall, (Room 158). All interested musicians are welcome to attend the first sight-reading informational rehearsal of the season. Advanced high school students, students from Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, and adult community musicians are welcome to join the SMU collegiate members for an exciting season. The band performs a wide variety of repertoire; this fall it will start with the “Holst Suite #1 for Band,” “Bayou Breakdown” and “Selections from Pirates of the Caribbean” for a Family Weekend performance on Oct. 1.

Placement auditions will be individually scheduled Aug. 31-Sept. 4. Audition music will be given to all players on Aug. 29. If you are interested in the ensemble but cannot attend the initial “info-rehearsal,” please contact Dr. Heukeshoven to make other arrangements. The Concert Band rehearses 6:45 to 8 p.m. Mondays, and 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Detailed information regarding band membership and the auditions will be available at the first rehearsal. There are openings in most sections; contact Dr. Heukeshoven at Ext. 1675 or e-mail for additional information and to reserve a spot for you at the first rehearsal. If you leave a message, please include which instrument you play, as well as your full name and contact information.