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63rd annual All-State Band to feature South Dakota’s top high school band musicians
By From staff reports

March 22. 2013 9:46AM
The 63rd annual South Dakota All-State Band Concert will be held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City on Saturday, March 23. Each year, the All-State Band brings together South Dakota's most talented high school instrumental musicians and provides an opportunity for students to practice and perform under the direction of conductors who may be recognized around the world. The students participating in the 2013 All-State Band were selected through statewide competitive auditions that were held at six sites during the month of January. The 2013 All-State Band is made up of 173 students from 38 high schools.

The members of the All-State Band have been divided into two equal bands, with each band being directed by its own guest conductor. The smaller bands have been named after two of the most prominent names from South Dakota history, Lewis and Clark. The Lewis Band will be directed by Jan Van der Roost from Belgium, and the Clark Band will be directed by Erica Neidlinger, from DePaul University in Chicago.

The Lewis Band will perform on Saturday, March 23 beginning at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Clark Band. Ten minutes prior to the concert, special awards will be presented by the South Dakota Bandmasters Association, the South Dakota High School Activities Association, and the Phi Beta Mu honorary music group. Mr. Bob Goheen of Brandon, South Dakota will be inducted into the South Dakota Bandmasters Hall of Fame.

The doors to the concert will open at 6:00 p.m. All tickets for the All-State Concert are general admission. The ticket price will be $16 for adults and $11 for high school and elementary students.

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