Lake Agassiz wind symphony!
formerly Lake Agassiz concert band
In the spring of 2022, the Board of Directors for Lake Agassiz Concert Band brought a vote to the band to change the group's name to Lake Agassiz Wind Symphony.
This is a change in name only to better reflect the growing goals of the group and outstanding quality of their performances. For over 35 years, they have provided the highest level of wind ensemble musical performances for free to the Fargo-Moorhead community.
In addition to providing a creative outlet for over 65 area musicians annually, the Lake Agassiz Wind Symphony's new ambitions include joint performances with other stellar musical groups, sharing the talents of the nations top musicians as musical guests, touring throughout the midwest and beyond, and expanding the creative programming for youth creatives in the region.
Our season opener kicks off with an incredible lineup, only to be followed up in January by another stellar performance. All this warms up the audience for two concerts unlike anything they've heard before!
Our January performance brings back to Fargo-Moorhead, Technical Sergeant Carolyn Brass, saxophonist in the United States Air Force Band. Dr. Braus, originally from Bismarck and a graduate of NDSU, joins LAWS in celebration of her upcoming album, Tale Still Told, featuring music inspired by traditional folk music of various cultures.
In March, we will award the Allegro Grant for the eighth time to a local youth band program. This $1000 award is a phenomenal help to programs struggling to repair instruments, fundraise for tours or unique programming, replace or acquire desperately needed equipment, and so much more.
We celebrate this grant by performing the Concerto for Percussion by David Gillingham featuring the region's top percussionists: Dr. Kenyon Williams, Chair of Music Department at MSUM; Dr. David Eyler, Professor of Percussion at Concordia College; Tom Christianson, Percussion Instructor at Concordia College and throughout the FM area; and Dr. Sigurd Johnson, Director of Symphony Orchestra at NDSU.
For our season closer in May, we welcome another musical guest, trumpet virtuoso, Allen Vizzutti, celebrated performer, composer, and music educator from Seattle Washington. Mr Vizzutti has performed at some of the world's most noted venues including Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic of London, Budapest Radio Orchestra, and Carnagie Hall. He has also been featured on various feature film musical scores such as Star Trek and Back to the Future, and has recorded with well known performers such as Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, and Prince.