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Culbertson School Music Department Holds Spring Concert, No Greater Power Premiere

High School Band
The Culbertson High School band performing Hosts of Freedom, by Karl L. King and arranged by John P. Paynter, under the direction of Mrs. Jennesey Taberna at their Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 17. King is a well known composer who began writing music as a teenager. He later gained the directorship of the Barnum and Bailey Circus Band in 1918. He then went on to lead the Fort Dodge band for some 51 years, making it one of the finest in the nation. Paynter kept King’s original material for this piece and only added a few instrument parts to cater to the modern band. (Photo by Angela Rose Benson)


The Culbertson Public School music department held their annual High School Spring Concert Tuesday, April 17 in the school’s gymnasium. All choir performances were under the direction of Mrs. Lana Hekkel and all band performances were under the direction of Mrs. Jennesy Taberna.

The Spring Concert began with a bang, and maybe a few snares, as the percussion ensemble Dance of the Swans grabbed the audience’s attention. The ensemble, by P.I. Tchaikovsky and arranged by Chris Brooks, is an adaptation of Danse des petits cygnes from the fourth movement of Act Two of Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake.

At the Foot of Yonder Mountain, by Earlene Rentz, was also performed.

After tuning their instruments and adjusting all mouthpieces, the CHS band was in position to play Northern Saga, by Gene Milford, for their local audience. This piece is a short rhapsody of folk songs of Finland and includes the following tunes: Song of the Lumbermen (Tukkipoikien laula), The Country Lass (Talon tytto), Evening Song (lltalaulu) and Standing on the Hillock (Kreivin Sylissa istunut).

Hosts of Freedom by Karl L. King and arranged by John P. Paynter and A Mother’s Prayer by Sager and Foster and arranged by Chinn were also performed.

Debbie Scott performed the solo piano piece You Are My Sunshine by Davis and Mitchell.

The high school choir proudly wore their CHS purple choir robes as they sang The Nightingale by Dan Forrest and Harriet Tubman by Robinson, arranged by McGuire.

The upbeat Tuimbe by David Waggoner was also performed.

Andrew Miller, a part-time composer in Mandan, N.D., and the writer of the highly anticipated No Greater Power was in attendance. Following speeches from both Hekkel and Miller about the CHS choir students, the community and the meaning of the song, the students performed the piece for the first time to their local audience.

Following all concert performances, the public was invited to the cafeteria for ice cream and continued live music from the CHS musicians.
The social entertainment included a trombone quartet called Pavane by Tielman Susato and arranged by John Marcellus. Jacob Martin performed an alto saxophone solo titled Chanson et Passepied by Jeanine Rueff. Martin and Lucas Oelkers performed a saxophone duet together called Allegro Elegante by Giuseppe Gariboldi.

A trumpet quartet was performed titled Grandfather’s Clock by Henry C. Work. Clayton Marchwick and Lance Bengochea performed a duet called Allegro by Gariboldi.

Bouree’ by J.S. Bach and arranged by Larry Teal was the saxophone quartet and the trumpet duet was Sonatina by G.F. Handel. Oelkers also performed the piano solo.

The High School Music Festival was held in Culbertson Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. A total of 24 of the 34 festival entries are advancing to State Music Festival. Culbertson’s large band and large choir pieces received Superior ratings across the board, even on sight-reading music.
Some 38 music students in 24 entries will travel to the state festival on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5.

On Wednesday, May 2, the choir sang at the Baccalaureate ceremony for the 2018 graduates.

After State Music, the CHS musicians are headed on the Music Tour on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. Through the support received from the Fancloth and Harmison’s Cheese fundraisers, the students are able to travel to Regina to see the West Side Story at the symphony, perform with two high schools and visit a music store.

The music department will also make its appearance at the Saturday, May 19 graduation ceremony and on Monday, May 28 at the Memorial Day program.