By Kristen Miller
The Dassel-Cokato High School Symphonic Band is busy preparing for Saturday’s performance with the Concordia College Band.
“It’s their first experience with a joint concert, so they’re a little nervous about it, which is good,” said Brian Veith, the high school band director.
The DC band will be performing several songs to open the concert and then, for the finale, a joint song with the Concordia College Band.
The college band consists of 64 student musicians, each studying privately with Concordia’s music faculty. It is directed by Dr. Scott A Jones.
DC even has one of its own former students, Brad Moore, performing in the college band.
Each year, the band tours throughout the United States and every four years, it tours internationally. Last May, the college band toured Norway.
The DC band, which consists of 80 members, will practice with Jones Tuesday and rehearse with the entire band Saturday afternoon.
Veith wouldn’t divulge any songs that will be performed, leaving the intended audience in suspense.
He is excited though, to perform with a “top-notch ensemble” that plays diverse literature.
Prior to the concert, the students will share a meal together and afterward, Concordia students will stay overnight with DC students’ families.
The Dassel-Cokato Symphonic Band will be performing with the Concordia College Band at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 at the door.
The event is sponsored by the DC Arts Association and the DC Music Boosters.