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Today's concert is sponsored by:

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We’d like to especially thank Gotta Go Driving School for sponsoring today’s concert. 


Their incredible kindness has made it possible for us to offer today’s concert free to the public.

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Gotta Go Driving School



John & Deb Anderson

Moore Engineering


Cameron & Amy  Haaland

Mary Jo Christianson

Richard & Carol  Lewis

Del & Sue  Jordahl

David & Cynthia Strand

Dilworth Lions

Greg & Jill  Post

Andy &  Erin Schaaf

The Lions Club of Barnesville

Linda & Stan Bjornstad

Lisa Schock

Sanford Health

Bell Bank

Heartland Trust Company



Davis Anthony Scott

John & Marjorie Gjevre

Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices

Jane & Jerry Feigum

Paul & Deb Ott

Brian Berg

First Class Mortgage II Inc

Drekker Brewing Company

First International Bank

The Title Company



Eckroth Music Company

Sue & Roger Reinhart

Lauren Malland

Em & Bill Laskey

Kari Natvig

Mitch Kreps

Victoria & Ken Sims

Douglas Neill

David & Virginia Stern

George & Bernadette Lies

Mary & Dana Frojen

Sue Eider

Marcy Dronen

Hannah Torgerson

Julie Snortland

Steve & Gay Blazek

Roger & Sue Reinhart

Susan Clambey

Walter & Janet Spiese

Tyler & Leah  Rebrovich

Kerri Lee

Martha Moore

Tim & Ginger Haaland

David Johnson

Ryan Dodd

Catherine & John Tesch

Patricia Belknap

Lea & William Shulstad

Carolyn Nelson

Stephanie Melquist

Robert & Bonnie Ames

Emily Kulland

Rod & Diane Jordahl

Ramona Johnson

Monte & Tiana Grise

Bill Schlossman

Gene Okerlund

Lee  Hofsommer

Natalie Lies

Alpha Roeszler

Mark Berntson

Alyson & Mark Bjornstad

Noelle & Curt Ambers

D J Colter Agency Inc

Pepper’s American Cafe

Weber Insurance Agency LLC

Schmitt Music

O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Attorneys


Deb & Drue  Haarsager

John & Janet Klocke

Hazel Jones

Andrew Eklund

Phillip & Angie Hermann

Tim & Laurie  Wollenzien

Gary  Barta

Keith & Adrienne Eider

Arland Jacobson

John Laskey

Kristin Leadbetter

Cassie Tremel

David Schaaf

Sherry McGuire

Warren Olfert

Dewey & Sue Uhlir

Matt Tesch

Pat Berndt

Dagne Forbes

Theresa Ulrich

Meg Bradley

Sandra & Joe Payne

Thomas Christianson

Coralie Wai

Lisa Hasbargen

Kristi Taylor-Livdahl

Genevieve Eidem

Rebecca & Derek Whitesides

Lynn Tkachuk

Dean & Erin Froslie

Kathy Frost

Sue Clambey

John Blazek

Audra & Garrett Maurer

Leon & Sherri  Stastny

Lynn Severson

Paul Liversage

Michael Redlinger

Luke Olsby

Lucille  Ott

Natalie & Duane Nelson

Lea & William Shulstad

Wilhelmine  Jacobson

Zebulon Watkins

Paul & Deb Ott

Ardell Olson

Andy & Amanda Roob

Carolie Olgard

Mark Asleson

Ashley Strukel

John Kern

Bryan Lewis

Jane Linde Capistran

Brita Watson

Jordan & Katie McCormick

Michael Olson

Deonne Varriano

Leslie Masciarelli

James Swanson

Abby & Carl Weir

Kristin Carlson

Clifford Herrick

Deidra Lies

Jan Piskacek

Dan Christianson

Karen Rebrovich

Joe Wallevand

Barb Legatt

Kris Knutson

JoLeen Eklund

Nick & Erica Hanson

Linda Boyd

Tara Troxel

Dawn Verdon

Brenda Trandem

Cathy Dunshee

Tim & Amy Johnson

Nicole Skifton

Erika Tomten

John Lamb

Dawn Gunderson

Laura Devick

John & Janet Klocke

Ashley Blazek

Carolyn Wintersteen

Alyson Jezusko

Natasha Petry

Diane Newburgh

Nicole Boice

Mikayla Kludt




Overture to “Candide” (1955/1986)

Leonard Bernstein/Trans. Clare Grundman

Candide was Leonard Bernstein’s third Broadway musical, following his success with On the Town and Wonderful Town.  The work was based on Voltaire’s satire of the same name.  The music still sparkles today as some of Bernstein’s most creative work and the Overture has become music that stands alone and remains one of the composer/conductor’s most often performed works.  The overture is full of musical challenges and highly sophisticated issues, not the least of which is a highly controlled sense of metronomic control and ensemble collaboration.  Clare Grundman’s transcription retains all of the original’s sense of joy and excitement.

Puszta (1988)

Jan Van der Roost

I.  Andante moderato

II.  Tranquillo

III.  Allegro molto

IV.  Marcato; Presto

Belgian composer Jan Van der Roost wrote his Puszta in 1988. Subtitled “Four Gipsy Dances,” the work is just that: a clear celebration of the Gypsy tradition with generally fast dances with the exception of a tranquil second movement. The work is highly approachable and is a classic example of the kind of music written by this gifted composer.

Two Views of “The Thunderer”

The Thunderer (1889)

John Philip Sousa

After “The Thunderer (1994)

Ira Hearshen

Little is known about the details of John Philip Sousa’s composition of The Thunderer, other than its appearance in 1889 and dedication to the Columbia Commandery No. 2, Knights Templar, of Washington, D.C., a Masonic chapter. Sousa had been “knighted” in that organization three years earlier, so he may have some peripheral involvement with the organization and events that may have been a part of the inspiration. Regardless, it has become one of the most recognizable and characteristic of Sousa’s marches.


In 1994, composer Ira Hearshen became intrigued with the idea of composing a symphony with the themes of four different classic marches of John Philip Sousa as its basis and inspiration. Prodded by his good friend, Lt. Col. Lowell E. Graham, who was the conductor of the United States Air Force Band at the time, Hearshen began with the second movement, also the slow movement, and used the main Trio theme from The Thunderer as its basis. For his inspiration, the composer used the final movement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, a huge and expansive work that remains one of the most stirring slow movements ever written. If one knows the original Mahler work, it is easy to spot many of the sections that Hearshen emulated.

Presentation of Allegro Grant

Variations on a Korean Folk Song (1967)

John Barnes Chance

John Barnes Chance wrote his classic Variations on a Korean Folk Song in 1967 in the early part of his career, and it remains a strong contribution to the wind band repertoire. Using the Korean folk song “Arirang,” the work is a classic piece of the theme and variations form with a clearly them followed by five variations that cleverly manipulate the theme into intriguing new settings. This music is also an example of a composer who died far too young at the age of 39 five years after the composition of this work in 1972.

Concertino for Four Percussion and Wind Ensemble (1908)

David Gillingham


featuring musical guests

David Eyler, Tom Christianson, Kenyon Williams, and Sigurd Johnson

David Gillingham wrote his Concertino for Four Percussion and Wind Ensemble for the Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble, Joseph Missal, conductor and Wayne Bovenschen, Professor of Percussion Studies.  For this “little concerto,” the composer utilized a large percussion setup that includes mallet percussion (including two marimbas), various drums and small percussion instruments.  The work opens with a slow introduction that introduces the first theme of the work; the Allegro that follows utilizes both the original theme and a second more angular theme as the focus of its inspiration.  A significant challenge for the percussion, the work is a virtuoso showpiece for the four performing percussionists.​


Warren D. Olfert is Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education at North Dakota State University. His duties include conducting the NDSU Wind Symphony, teaching courses in conducting and music education (including student teacher supervision) and overseeing the graduate instrumental conducting area. He holds degrees from Florida State University (Ph.D., instrumental conducting/music education), the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M., instrumental conducting), and Bob Jones University (B.S., music education).


Prior to his arrival at NDSU in 1999, Dr. Olfert taught at Bowling Green State University, where he was Assistant Director of Bands and conducted the Falcon Marching Band; at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan.; and at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., where he was Director of Bands. During his time at NDSU, Dr. Olfert has conducted all aspects of bands at NDSU, including the concert and marching bands, pep bands and chamber winds. He has led the NDSU Concert Band and Wind Symphony on annual national tours and has produced several compact discs of the band in concert. Under his direction the Wind Symphony was invited to perform at the 2010 College Band Directors National Association North Central Regional Conference for the first time in the ensemble’s history and has performed at the North Dakota Music Educators Association Conference in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2016. Dr. Olfert also taught at the high school level in Louisiana and Georgia, where his bands received acclaim for their performances. In 2001, Olfert started the Northern Ambassadors of Music, a European tour of students from North Dakota and Montana; since it’s inception, the tour has grown to a group of over 350 participants and staff.


Since his arrival, the ensemble has participated in several commissions of new works for wind band, including works by Frank Ticheli, Timothy Broege, Jocelyn Hagen, Jack Stamp and Bob Mintzer and has won praise for his interpretations of new music. Dr. Olfert has presented workshops at various conventions nationally and has served as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. He is an active member of several organizations on the regional and national level, including the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Beta Mu, and is past president of the North Dakota Music Educators Association.

today's guest musicians

Thomas Christianson

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Dr. David P. Eyler has been director of percussion studies and Professor of Music at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) since fall 1987.  He is director of the Concordia Percussion Ensemble and Marimba Choir.  These two groups have released three compact discs: “Wood, Metal, Skin”, “Reckless” and “Christmas Favorites.”  Before being appointed to the first full-time percussion position at Concordia, Eyler served in the unique position of Tri-College percussionist for the consortium of North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and Concordia College from 1987 to 2000.  Dr. Eyler has a broad background in both public school and college teaching.  He has directed elementary through high school concert and marching bands, university wind ensembles, been assistant conductor of the Louisiana State University Symphony Orchestra, acting director of Percussion Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and director of The Concordia College Jazz Ensemble I.  


As a professional performer, Eyler was Principal Timpanist of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra from 1987 until 2022.  He premiered the “Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra,” which he commissioned of composer Russell Peterson.  During his tenure with the FM Symphony, Eyler has also been featured as marimba and xylophone soloist, conducted the orchestra, served two consecutive terms on the Board of Trustees, and was chair the Orchestra Committee.  He has been Principal Percussionist of the Baton Rouge Symphony and Baton Rouge Opera orchestras, and has performed with the Columbus (Ohio), Lake Charles, Rapides and Potomac Symphony Orchestras.  He has been a guest soloist and conductor with numerous high school, college, and community bands and orchestras throughout the U.S.  He is currently Principal Timpanist of the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Orchestra and the Wonderland Orchestra in Fargo, ND.  Dr. Eyler has accepted the position of faculty artist in resonance at the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, held at Valparaiso University, beginning in the summer of 2023.  He will be the percussion instructor, coach chamber groups and ensemble sectionals, as well as be a performing artist and ensemble participant.  


Eyler’s original compositions and arrangements are published by Colla Voce Music, Ludwig Masters Publishing Company, Music For Percussion, Per-Mus Publications, Pioneer Percussion, Row-Loff Productions, and the Musser Division of Selmer.  His articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist Magazine, Percussive Notes Magazine, and The Percussionist Journal.  

Dr. Eyler is the host of Concordia’s Annual Day of Percussion, started in 1989.  Previous events have been so successful that he has presented several clinics and workshops at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention about organizing a Percussion Day and his clinic notes have been published by PAS.  Eyler was a five-term member of the Board of Directors of the Percussive Arts Society and has served as president and first vice president of the Minnesota Chapter of PAS, as well as being a member of the Percussion Ensemble, Education and College Pedagogy Committees at the international level.  He has been very active as a clinician and adjudicator for marching band festivals, all-state band and orchestra festivals, as well as district and state solo and ensemble contests throughout the U.S.  Dr. Eyler earned his degrees from Louisiana State University, The Ohio State University, and Frostburg State University, and attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music.  


Eyler is an educational clinician/endorser for Mike Balter Mallets, Grover Pro-Percussion, Evans Drumheads, and Sabian Cymbals. 

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Dr. Sigurd Johnson is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities and Percussion Studies at North Dakota State University. From 2008 to 2021 Johnson was the Director of NDSU Gold Star Marching Band and was responsible for all the university athletic bands. Prior to his appointment at NDSU, he served as Director of Bands and Percussion at Valley City State University in Valley City, ND; Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Rust College in Holly Springs, MS; and as a percussion arranger and instructor on the staff of the University of Memphis Marching Band.


While living in the mid-south, Dr. Johnson was a member of the percussion section of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, an active jazz and theater freelance performer and a clinician/adjudicator. He also spent four years teaching and performing in Norway. Currently, Dr. Johnson spends a portion of his summer teaching percussion at the International Music Camp, where he is also an executive member of the IMC board and Past President of the IMC US Corporation. 


He has served as the East Region Band Representative for the North Dakota Music Education Association, is a past president of the North Dakota National Band Association; and has served as North Dakota State Chair for the collegiate chapters of the Music Educators National Conference (NAFME). Johnson has also served as Chapter President of the North Dakota Percussive Arts Society.


He is active in the upper Midwest as a percussion, jazz ensemble and marching/concert band clinician and adjudicator, as well as a guest conductor of Festival and Honor bands. Dr. Johnson is a Yamaha Percussion Instruments, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads and Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets artist as well as a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Instruments Education Team.


Kenyon Williams



Em Laskey



Corrie Dunshee

Deb Haarsager*

Lea Shulstad*

Nicole Skifton

Cynthia McGuire Thiel

Tara Troxel



Kathy Frost* 

Kiran Tesch 



Jannel Barnes

Linda Bjornstad

Jane Feigum

Nicole Lee

Carol Lewis

Natalie Lies

Camen Loth

Amy Jo Mattison

Kari Natvig

Luke Olsby

Jill Post

Sherri Stastny

Abigail Weir

Catherine Tesch*



Carol Lewis


Su Legatt*

Lauren Sampson



Lisa Schock 

Kristen Juhl



Brandon Noffze

Erin Schaaf



Paul Liversage*



Greta Johnson


Jon Anderson

Keith Eider*

Andrew Eklund

Jerry Feigum

Sean Fitzsimmons

Cameron Haaland

Anna Joyce

Greg Post


Marcy Dronen

Adrienne Eider

Hazel Jones

Del Jordahl

Natalie Nelson

Dave Tesch*

Rebecca Whitesides

Laurie Wollenzien


Bruce Geske

Amy Johnson*

Dave Stern

Mark Switajski



Lee Hoffsommer

Andrew Roob



Tyler Rebrovich*

Timothy Wollenzien



Bryan Lewis

Matt Scheerer

Carl Weir*

Derek Whitesides



Alana Joos

John Meier

Andy Schaaf*

Seth Schaefer

Wade Stalboerger

Sophia Strand



Jill Post

* denotes section leader


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