Sixteen BVHS musicians to play with South Dakota All-State Band this weekend
March 26. 2014 9:15AM
The 64th annual South Dakota All-State Band Concert will be held at the T.F. Riggs Theater in Pierre this Saturday. Each year, the All-State Band brings together South Dakota's most talented high school instrumental musicians and provides an opportunity for students – including 16 from Brandon Valley High School – to practice and perform under the direction of conductors who may be recognized around the world. The students participating in the 2014 All-State Band were selected through statewide competitive auditions that were held at six sites during the month of January. The 2014 All-State Band is made up of 175 students from 45 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 Dr. Richard Mayne, from Northern Colorado University, and the Clark Band will be directed by Anthony Maiello, from George Mason University.
The Clark Band will perform on Saturday, March 29 beginning at 7 p.m., followed by the Lewis 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. Receiving the SDHSAA Distinguished Service Award for the furtherance of high school activities in South Dakota is Larry Johnson of Pierre, Alan Palsma of James Valley Christian, and Rolf Olson of the University of South Dakota. The South Dakota Bandmasters will be inducting Dennis Carlson, Chamberlain, into their Hall of Fame.
The doors to the concert will open at 6 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.