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NW Iowa bands celebrate history, present

Spring concert held Monday

April 19, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Monday night, the Northwest Iowa Concert Band and the Northwest Iowa Jazz bands presented a concert of diverse styles and time periods.

The concert band, directed by Rich Nicklay, started in 1984 under the direction of then-Iowa Lakes Community College band director Mike Day as a college/community concert band. Nicklay became director in 1986. The band performs two concerts during the school year in Estherville and a series of summer concerts in Estherville and the Lakes area.

The jazz band was not far behind, forming in 1985 under the direction of Scott Benjamin, who continues in his role. Under Benjamin's leadership, according to the band, diverse programming and surprises in the concerts are a hallmark.

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The jazz band played selections written for the U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors. The Jazz Ambassadors offer original sheet music for jazz ensemble with downloadable recordings by the Ambassadors, instructional videos, promotional material and more, free for bands to use.

The concert band selections began with a march, "The Crosley March," went to a Scott Joplin ragtime piece called "The Strenuous Life," turned to a waltz, "Nights of Gladness Valse" and ended with a "Spiritual Festival" in which they invited audience members to sing along to "Let My People Go," "Down by they Riverside," "Were You There," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hand."

Upcoming concerts for the Concert Band include: Estherville Good Samaritan Center, June 6, 7:15 p.m.; Estherville Pearl Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing, June 13, 7:15 p.m.; Estherville Fly-In Breakfast, 9 a.m July 4; Spirit Lake Keelson Harbor, 7:15 p.m. July 18; Spirit Lake Hawkeye Care Center, 6:30 p.m. July 25.



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