On March 17, the Concert Band will perform its last formal concert of the year at the Owatonna High School. The Owatonna Concert Band has put in two months of preparation for the concert. Concert Band, the top band ensemble at OHS, is mostly made up of seniors and juniors with a few sophomores and one freshman. There are 52 students in Concert Band, and many of them are also involved in choir, sports and other clubs at OHS. With Concert Band playing Spring by Joahn de Meji and Parkour by Samuel Hazo and many others, the concert should be one to remember. In mid-February, Concert Band had the opportunity to have composer Hazo come into the classroom and give advice and tips on his piece, Parkour. Owatonna was one of his seven stops around southern Minnesota. Senior clarinetist Tessa Rahrick said, “I am very excited for our upcoming concert. I really love all of the songs we will be playing. Although I am sad that this will be my last formal concert in the auditorium, I look back with fond memories from these last four years.” Rahrick will continue to play next year at either St. Ben’s or Luther.
The only remaining concerts of the year are the Big 9 music festival held in Rochester John Marshall on April 29 and the Pops concerts in May, which will be held at the Owatonna High School gym.