tsgt Carolyn braus!
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:
SAME GREAT BAND
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.
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
with musical guest Sgt Carolyn Brass on alto saxophone
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
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!
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.