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Tabor College Band to tour Minnesota and South Dakota

April 13, 2012

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The symphonic band and instrumental ensembles from Tabor College will tour Minnesota and South Dakota in late April before returning to Hillsboro for the band’s home concert on April 29. The strings and small ensembles will present their home concert on May 1.

Programs will be given at the Community Bible Church in Mountain Lake, Minn., and Bethesda MB Church in Huron, S.D., on Sunday, April 22; James Valley Christian School in Huron, Freeman Academy in Freeman, S.D., and the University of South Dakota in Vermillion on Monday, April 23. On Tuesday the ensembles will also stop at the University of Nebraska for master classes with the university’s instrumental instructors.

The Tabor College Symphonic Band, Strings Ensemble, Flute Choir and Double Reed Trio will perform in the joint concerts under the direction of Mr. Daniel Baldwin, associate professor of instrumental music. This will be Baldwin’s first tour with the Tabor ensembles.

“I have wonderful ensembles and we are making great progress,” Baldwin said. “They are doing a terrific job.” Selections from the ensembles’ repertoire will include standard and classical instrumental literature, contemporary pieces and some simply entertaining music. Two of Baldwin’s own compositions are included in the selections. The symphonic band includes wind instruments and percussion, and performs annually for the college during the Christmas season, commencement and at several concerts throughout the year. The instrumentalists also serve as the members of Tabor’s pep band for home football and basketball games. The band was selected by the KCAC in March to serve as the official pep band at the conference’s basketball championship games, hosted at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kan.

The strings ensemble, Baldwin added, is the newest addition to Tabor’s instrumental music program. “We are making strides to really push it and have it play a larger role in the music department,” he said. “To my knowledge, this will be the first time the string ensemble has gone on tour. I am incredibly pleased with this and look forward to starting a tradition and building a fine strings program.”

For a complete schedule of the concert series, please check blogs.tabor.edu/music/tour-schedule-symphonic-band.