Meet the Band is a new and ongoing series featuring a new band member each week.
With over 65 members, and new people joining all the time, this is going to take a while.
Instrument: French Horn. I started with the coronet in grade school. It was the only horn we had and my parents couldn't afford to purchase another. But, the band director needed french horn players. I actually went from last chair coronet to first chair horn. Years in the Band: 10 Favorite Composers: Holst and Whitacre.
Instrument: Tuba. When I was a little fat kid, they kicked me out of the coronet section to play baritone. Then, in junior high, I was till fat. They kicked me up again to sousaphone. Years in the Band: 13 Favorite Piece: The Moldeau by Smetna
Years in the Band: 30! Instrument: French Horn. My mother was not going to listen to a squeaky reed instrument. I knew nothing about the horn, not even what it looked like, until I opened the case. Last Favorite Music: After-beat marches Favorite Composer: Holst
Instrument: Clarinet. I don't remember why but I enjoy playing melody; violin of the band. Favorite Composer: Stravinsky- Rite of Spring
Instrument: Alto and Soprano Saxophone Years in the band: since 1996, starting 22nd year Why did you choose your instrument? "I thought I would play French Horn, but Saxophone felt right." Favorite piece? So many!! Especially Holst.
Instrument: Bassoon Years in the Band: 3 Why he chose his instrument: He originally wanted to play clarinet, but in 6th Grade he couldn’t make a sound on it. His teacher gave him a reed and a bocal and he was successful! Since then, Zeb has learned to play the saxophone.
Name: Jill Post Section: Clarinet Years in the band: 21 Profession: Volunteer music director at First Presbyterian Church, Fargo, and the Fargo-Moorhead Area Music Club Why did you choose the Clarinet: It was chosen for me Favorite piece in band: Russian Christmas Music, Chester Overture, and Trittico Hobbies: Downhill skiing, hiking, water skiing, painting, and playing with her beloved grandchildren.
Name: Jon Anderson Section: Trumpet Years in LACB: 15 Profession: Dentist Why did you choose the trumpet when you were a kid: I wanted to play the melody Other hobbies: Golf, quilting, and bowling
Years in the Band: This is my second full year. Instrument: Flute & Piccolo. I started playing the piccolo in college because they said I had to and I grew to love it. Favorite Music/Composers: Sousa Marches, Persechetti, and Grainger
Years in the band: 3 Instrument: Percussion. I like it because it's foundational and supports the rest of the band. Favorite Music: Jazz, especially with a great drum set.
Years in the Band: 15 Instrument: French Horn. In the tenth grade, there were 19 trumpets and only one horn, so I switched. Favorite Composer: Philip Glass. John Carpenter is also very good.
Years in the band: no idea Instrument: Euphonium- Third generation player. Found the euphonium in grandpa's closet and was hooked. Favorite Composer: John Philip Sousa
Years in the Band: Over 25 Instrument: Trumpet. My grandfather was a bugler in the army in the 1880s, in Wyoming badlands. I got his bugle when I was eight and decided, then and there, that I would play the trumpet. Favorite Composer: I have a lot... Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Norman Dello Joio, George Gershwin, Percy Grainger, and Gulstav Holst.
Years in the Band: I have no idea... probably more than ten... more like twenty. Instrument: Trombone. I like the sound of it... I mean, why not? Favorite Composer: Gustav Holst and Vincent Persichetti because of the sounds they create.
Years in the Band: Four Instrument(s): Percussion. In the fifth grade, when I started band, I was bad at the other instruments. Favorite Composer: Two- Frank Ticheli and David Holsinger. They both write for an obscene number of percussion instruments and that's fun to play.
Years in Band: Less than a year. Instrument: Trumpet. I just love brass music. Favorite Composer: Giovanni Gabrielli- He writes for brass instruments. Least Favorite: Arnold Schoenberg- His music is too tonal and dissident.
Years in the Band: Forever... Almost since the beginning. Instrument: Flute. There was never any question. I was born knowing I'd play the flute. Favorite Composer: Holst. I never grow tired of playing his music.
Years in the band: 10 Least Favorite Music to Play: Slow Music... "It take SO much air!"