MEET THE NEW DIRECTOR! (January 2021)
We are delighted to announce Dr. Warren D. Olfert as the new Music Director for the Lake Agassiz Concert Band!
Warren D. Olfert is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at North Dakota State University, where he has been responsible for the band activities since 1999. Olfert taught extensively at the high school level in the states of Louisiana and Georgia, where his bands received acclaim for their performances. He holds degrees from Florida State University (Ph.D., music education), the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M., instrumental conducting), and Bob Jones University (B.S., music education).
While we're sad to see Dr. Grise leave, we wish him the best of luck as Arts Education Director of Missoula County Public Schools. We're certain Dr. Olfert's passion, experience, and knowledge will continue his efforts of making us the best community wind ensemble we can be.
INTRODUCING OUR GUEST CONDUCTOR...
On November 17, 2019, we have the distinct pleasure of premiering the 9th and final symphony of James Barnes for the upper midwest region. As one of 25 participating musical groups, only two of which are community bands, we have exclusive performing rights to this incredible piece.
To make this event even more special, we are thrilled to announce that the composer, James Barnes, will be in Moorhead to guest conduct the piece and help us introduce it to Minnesota, North Dakota and beyond.
To celebrate this unique moment, we have put together a series of special events and campaigns. Please sign up for our newsletter now and get the latest information first.
We'll see you in November!
To help us celebrate James Barnes' symphony, our involvement in it, and his visit to Moorhead to conduct the regional premier, we are offering a one-time prize of $500 to any local K12 music group who performs a Barnes' piece during the 2019-2020 school year.
Each group needs to simply submit a recording of their performance, either video or audio, to LACB to be entered in a raffle style drawing for the prize.
Help us spread the great work of this award-winning American composer. Winner of the prize will be announced at our May concert (need not be present to win).
ANNOUNCING THE VALOR PRIZE! (October 2019)
AWARDING THE ALLEGRO GRANT! (October 2019)
In the spring of 2019, we awarded Oak Grove Lutheran School with the third annual Allegro Grant. The students at Oak Grove applied to the grant with the desire to purchase a marimba, a valuable piece of percussion equipment.
Their 2019-2020 school year was made extra special when the students arrived at school to see their brand new instrument.
Congratulations to Oak Grove students! We look forward to hearing the sweet chimes at an upcoming performance.
For more information about the Allegro Grant, click here.
ALLEGRO SMALL GROUP ENSEMBLE (March 2019)
Last year's recipient of the Allegro Grant, Grace Lutheran, was able to put the funds to good use with a small group ensemble band day. Grace Lutheran is a small private school in Fargo with approximately 65 students, five of which play in the band. Their Allegro Grant application was to host an invitational for other small school bands in the region.
With four groups participating, they were able to put together a 60 piece band and perform to family, friends, and supporters. Conducting this group was Jerry Feigum, who actually established the music program at Grace Lutheran when he was still a student teacher.
We are so proud of Grace Lutheran's efforts and the amazing experience they were able to provide not only their students but those of several area schools.
IT'S A SYMPHONY! (November 2018)
In 2017, the Lake Agassiz Concert Band had the rare opportunity to participate in a consortium of college and professional wind ensembles to commission James Barnes 9th, and final, symphony.
Formerly, a professor at the University of Kentucky, Barnes' newest piece will be premiered by their group. Our group will be one of the first to perform this piece in the world this coming fall.
The epic score requires a wide variety of extremely talented musicians. Sure to be a fantastic challenge for our group, we look forward to bringing it to the Red River valley and beyond.
Stay turned for additional announcement about our 2019/2020 season and how you can be a part of musical history!
LACB at NDMEA (March 2018)
To celebrate the 30th Season and expand the mission of LACB, we were thrilled to perform at the North Dakota Music Educators Association's annual conference in Bismarck, North Dakota.
In addition to sharing a variety of classic and contemporary pieces, it was an honor to demonstrate to the honor band students present the desire to pursue a passion for music after high school and college.
We'd like to thank all our donors, especially the gifts from Giving Hearts Day for supporting this trip!
SECOND ANNUAL ALLEGRO GRANT AWARDED (March 11, 2018)
To further celebrate our 30th season, and continue the legacy of the band, we were thrilled to award the Second Annual Allegro Grant to Grace Lutheran Middle School Band. Their student-lead proposal included expanding their limited music library and hosting a middle school band consortium for similar schools or groups; with limited numbers and resources.
The $1000 Allegro Grant is awarded every year to a regional middle, junior, or high school band program to expand their program, meet new goals, or take care of much needed maintenance.
Congratulations to Grace Lutheran! (Click here to view their video proposal.)
ALLEGRO GRANT DAY AT MSUM (October 2017)
As recipients of the 2017 Allegro Grant, the music program at Ben Franklin Middle School in Fargo, ND chose to work with faculty and guest musicians at Minnesota State University Moorhead to hone their skills as a group and individuals.
After going through several pieces they have been rehearsing for an upcoming performance with Dr. Monte Grise, students broke into small groups sessions with MSUM faculty and other guest musicians to work out details.
Finally, once building up strength with lunch, students returned to the large group rehearsal to truly experience the progress made that day.
We are proud to see this group's successful day and excited to award the 2nd Annual Allegro Grant in spring 2018.
AWARDING THE ALLEGRO GRANT (May 2017)
After reviewing all applications and creative student videos, we are thrilled to award the first ever LACB Allegro Grant to Benjamin Franklin Middle School (Fargo, ND). Thanks to this $1000 fund, they will be able to travel to Minnesota State University Moorhead for a day of instruction and inspiration from MSUM's top music faculty.
We want to thank all the amazing schools who applied and encourage them to submit again next year, as we fully intend to make this an annual award.
ANNOUNCING THE ALLEGRO GRANT (March 2017)
LACB is proud to announce our newest initiative to assist with music education, the Allegro Grant. This $1000 grant is given to an area middle, junior, or high school band program that needs just a little extra boost to help them reach their goals. Whatever the need, the purchase of new music, gas money for the marching band, or even the repair of existing equipment, these funds are awarded with no strings attached.
Please check out the grant application and review process in the pdf below. For more information, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIVING HEARTS 2017 - THANK YOU! (February 2017)
On February 9, 2017, LACB participated, for the first time, in Giving Hearts Day, a national day of collecting donations for area charities. We were honored to be able to participate and thrilled to have raised more than our goal. These funds will help us continue to grow as an organization and reach out to communities throughout the region, enhancing the role of music for people of all ages and backgrounds. Stay tuned for even more exciting news as we put these funds into use.
INTRODUCING OUR NEW DIRECTOR (September 2016)
The LACB is pleased to welcome its new director, Dr. Monte Grisé. Dr. Grisé comes to us from Minnesota State University Moorhead where he is the conductor of the MSUM Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and athletic bands. He also teaches secondary instrumental conducting and instrumental methods. In addition, he serves as the applied saxophone instructor. Dr. Grisé earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting and Pedagogy from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia; a Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma; and a Bachelor of Music Education from Montana State University – Bozeman.
NEW WEBSITE, LOGO, AND MARKETING CAMPAIGN (September 2016)
In June of 2016, LACB was selected by Good For Nothing, Fargo to participate in a 24 hour design initiative. The efforts of this group has inspired the LACB's new branding and marketing campaign... as well as this new website. Thank you GFN!
Goof for Nothing is a community of thinkers, do-ers, makers, and tinkerers applying their skills and energy to accelerate the work of cause-led innovators and change makers. They are a diverse group of people collaborating together, working in new, faster, fun, and better ways by supporting ideas and communities.
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE TO KICK OFF THE SEASON (September 2016)
Join us at 5:00 pm on September 10th for the Heritage Garden and Amphitheater Dedication Ceremony. This will be the first performance of our 2016 season, the first full concert until the baton of Dr. Monte Grisé and the first concert at the newest outdoor entertainment space in Moorhead, MN. This event also includes food, family friendly activities, and a movie after dark (A Bug's Life). Bring the picnic blanket and the whole family for an evening of fun!
All concerts are free and open to the public.