Bemidji Area Community Band will open its season on June 19 with a “world tour” – Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — Bandleader Ryan Webber hopes to take audiences on a world tour when the Bemidji-area community band opens its 2022 season with a Father’s Day concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 19.

“I tried to choose pieces that touch on different cultures, different nationalities,” Webber said. “This is by no means a linear tour. It’s like the magic school bus, you can travel wherever you want.

The band has been rehearsing since the first of the month, with a good mix of new musicians and returning band members.

“I was pleasantly surprised,” Webber said. “We have a healthy and balanced group. It was great to see so many people wanting to come and play and prepare for these shows.

This will be the first of four BACB concerts this summer. Others are scheduled for July 3, July 24 and August 7.

All will take place on the lawn south of Bangsberg Hall at Bemidji State University. In case of bad weather, the concerts will move inside Bangsberg.

Webber will conduct the first two concerts and Scott Guidry will conduct the last two.

Scott Guidry leads the members of the Bemidji Area Community Band as they rehearse on Wednesday June 16, 2021 for their first concert of the season. (Annalize Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)

Sunday’s concert will feature a variety of pieces, including “March of the Trolls” by Edvard Grieg, a “Fiddler on the Roof” medley, a new arrangement of music from the Disney film “Encanto” and “Minnesota March” by John Philip Sousa. ”

A track titled “Instant Concert” that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser, features 30 snippets of popular songs in 2.5 minutes.

“It’s a fun piece that moves really fast,” Webber said.

Eve Sumsky will be French horn soloist on “Franz Strauss Nocturno”.

“Every summer I like to feature band members as soloists,” Webber said. “Eve did a fabulous job. We can’t wait to present it on Sunday.

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Members of the Bemidji Area Community Band rehearse in 2019 at BSU’s Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. (Annalize Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)

He added: “We are delighted to be back. I love the summer group rate. It’s a little lighter, but I try to cover as much as I can in our one hour programs. I think there is a little something for everyone.

There is no entrance fee for the concert, but voluntary donations will be accepted.

Herman C. Harkins