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SEASON FINALE

WITH ALLEN VIZZUTTI

On May 14th, 2023, we wrapped our 36th season with an incredible weekend of events. In addition to an outstanding concert, featuring trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti, we hosted a youth trumpet day at North Dakota State University. Working closely with over two dozen students, Mr. Vizzutti guided students through breathing exercises, tonguing technique, tips for proper embouchure, and so much more. Students also had the opportunity to perform with Mr. Vizzutti in a 25+ trumpet choir, including one of Vizzutti's own compositions.

Hopefully, these unique events represent a sign of things to come for LAWS!

POWERFUL PERCUSSION
is ON THE march!

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For the first time in the Fargo-Moorhead, the percussion instructors from all three universities will come together to perform David Gillingham's Concertino for Four Percussion. This incredible piece requires the highest level of expertise and we're thrilled to have that in our community. 

Tom Christianson and Dr. David Eyler from Concordia College, Dr Sigurd Johnson from North Dakota State University, and Dr. Kenyon Williams from Minnesota State University Moorhead will join us for our concert on March 12th at Horizon Performing Arts Center in Moorhead. 

This once in a lifetime performance is not to be missed!

CLICK HERE TO HEAR GILLINGHAM'S CONCERTINO FOR FOUR PERCUSSION.

January's

musical guest:

tsgt Carolyn braus!

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Technical Sgt. Carolyn Braus is the principal alto saxophonist with the Concert Band, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, her career in the Air Force began in 2015.

Before joining the Air Force, Braus performed with the Mosaic Saxophone Quartet, winning second place in the 2015 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition. She also served as baritone saxophonist with the esteemed Capitol Quartet from 2015 to 2016.

A graduate of North Dakota State University, Braus received a Bachelor of Music degree in saxophone performance, followed by a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, where she also served as the interim saxophone professor in 2021.

Join us January 15, 2023 at Horizon Performing Arts Center (Horizon Middle School, Moorhead, MN) for a truly unique performance. 

For a preview of TSgt Braus' incredible talent, visit this recording:

DAVID MASLANKA'S FIRE ON EARTH

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SAME GREAT BAND
NEW NAME

In May 2022, we decided to change our name to better reflect the quality and ambitions of the group. In addition to performing the highest level of wind band classical and contemporary music, we are expanding our performance outreach, pushing our abilities to the maximum effort. 

Part of this effort includes live streaming our performances, providing high quality virtual listening archive, broadening our audience through tours, increasing our efforts to support youth music education, and bringing new and exciting visiting artists to the Fargo-Moorhead area. 

We will always provide our performances for the public free of charge and challenge ourselves to be the best community musical group in the region.

SEASON 2022-2023
CONCERT SEASON DATES

We have a very exciting season planned! From guest performers to unique musical pieces to a challenging line up of items you may have never heard before, this season is full of surprises for all ages and musical interests!

Our season opener

OCTOBER 23

JANUARY 15

with musical guest Sgt Carolyn Brass on alto saxophone

MARCH 12

featuring Concerto for Percussion by David Gillingham

with musical guests Tom Christianson,  Dr Sigurd Johnson, Dr David Eyler, and Dr Kenyon Williams 

with trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti

MAY 14

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2022
ALLEGRO GRANT RECIPIENTS

This year, we were able to once again award the Allegro Grant at our March 13 to the Lake Park Audubon High School Band.

This talented group of young musicians needed a little help replacing their drum set to add some bang to their Pep Band and Jazz Band events. Their current drum set (seen in photo) was falling apart, not in their school color, and had a fly caught in a spider's web in the snare drum. 

We wish them the best of luck with all future performances and hope the new drum set helps to improve the quality of the LPA music program!

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dr. dewey possehl

It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to our original conductor, Dewey Richard Possehl. Known affectionately by the music community as 'Johnny Flag', Mr. Possehl played a role in establishing several music groups in the Fargo-Moorhead area, including: the Lake Agassiz Concert Band, FM Kicks Band, and the FM Youth Symphony. 

Mr. Possehl helped hundreds of young musicians for many decades as an area high school music teacher and as a trumpeter with many local groups.

A private ceremony was held by family in November 2021 with plans for a larger public farewell in the spring of 2022.

CLICK HERE FOR DR. POSSEHL'S OBITUARY

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