Apr 6, 2023

Dordt University to hold High School Band Festival on April 14

On Friday, April 14, Dordt University will host its biennial High School Band Festival. This festival will feature 10 high school bands, along with both the Dordt University Wind Symphony and Campus-Community Band.

The participating schools include:

  • Faith Christian High School
  • Heritage Christian High School
  • Trinity Christian School
  • Central Minnesota Christian High School
  • Rapid City Christian High School
  • Unity Christian High School (Iowa)
  • Pella Christian High School
  • Covenant Christian High School
  • Western Christian High School
  • Sioux Falls Christian High School

The groups will perform during the day in the B.J. Haan Auditorium and will individually work with music professors Dr. Onsby Rose, Director of Instrumental Activities, and Dr. Allegra Fisher, Assistant Director of Instrumental Activities, on their music. At 7 p.m., each ensemble will perform one piece in the B.J. Haan Auditorium and then move to the DeWitt Gymnasium for a mass band performance featuring over 600 musicians.

Rose says there are many exciting things about the band festival. “I love that I get to interact with hundreds of high school musicians in both a clinic and performance setting, as well as working with them and their directors on ways to continue to improve in the future. In addition, I get to put them all together for a true musical celebration with the mass band event at the end of the day!”

Selections with the mass band will be conducted by Rose and Fisher. This event is free and open to the public and will also be livestreamed at www.dordt.edu/livestream.

About Dordt University

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Located in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Times Higher Education, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review.

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