BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota’s most talented high school band musicians are set to take center stage with one of the world’s legends in Calypso music at the 3rd annual University of Mary High School Honor Band Weekend. This two-day event takes place Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24, capped off by concerts that are free and open to the public at the historic Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck.

Honor Band 1-2014 WebOn Friday, October 23, the university will welcome 45 of the top high school instrumentalists from around the state for rehearsals and clinics starting at noon. Students will work with conductor Dennis Gowen, who serves as professor of music and director of Bands & High Brass at the University of Mary.

“These high school musicians are representative of the best in our state,” said Gowen, a 28-year professor of music at the University of Mary and veteran musician and conductor. “They’ll have an opportunity to work closely with our esteemed music faculty, share a concert with our own University of Mary Concert Band, and sit side-by-side to perform our closing musical selection.”Honor Band 2-2014 Web

On the evening of Oct. 23, the students move in town to the Belle Mehus Auditorium for a 7:30 p.m. performance by Mary’s outstanding jazz and steel band ensembles, with special guest artist Liam Teague, world-renowned steel pan artist.

Liam Teague Photo WebTeague, known as the “Paganini of the Steelpan,” has collaborated with such prominent musicians as Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Zakir Hussain, and Evelyn Glennie. As a performer and clinician, Teague has given presentations at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC) and at many educational institutions throughout the world. To date, Teague has eight compact discs to his name, including Hands Like Lightning (1993), For Lack of Better Words (2002), Panoramic: Rhythm Through an Unobstructed View (2005) and Open Window (2010).

On Saturday, October 24, rehearsals continue at the Belle for the Honor Band and for the University of Mary Concert Band. The evening concert begins at 3 p.m., Saturday, October 24, at the Belle, with the Honor Band taking the stage first, followed by the University Concert Band. The concert concludes as the Honor Band and the University Concert Band join forces on a rousing march.

For more information regarding the honor band click on the following link: www.umary.edu/honorband.