BISMARCK, ND — What time is it when Halloween and All Saints Day are fast approaching? It must be time for the University of Mary annual Fall Band Concert. And while last year’s fall performance was held outside on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River valley in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Fall Band Concert will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, in Founders Hall of the Lumen Vitae University Center (LVUC).

This is a very special performance by the ensemble, as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the university Concert Band. From the first performance on Nov. 30, 1972, the Mary band has strived, as Ernie Borr remarked to the audience in the fall of ’72, “…to bring together young people from divergent backgrounds and schools to make possible the dream that Mary College should have a band.”

The musical selections this fall celebrate the arrival of All Saints Day, and will feature sacred selections from various denominations. “We’re looking forward to performing works based on “Amazing Grace,” “All is Well with my Soul,” “Simple Gifts,” and “Down in the River to Pray,” among others,” says Dennis Gowen, professor of music and director of bands and high brass at the University of Mary.

Also scheduled for the performance is Homage to Léonin (from Medieval Suite) by Ron Nelson. “Léonin was a 12th century French composer at Notre Dame,” says Gowen, “and was extremely integral to the development of polyphonic writing in Western music.” Nelson, who will turn 92 in December, was a 1994 Guest Composer/Conductor in Residence with the Mary Concert Band. He recently corresponded with Gowen, saying “Homage to Léonin is all about creating a ‘mood’ that reminds the listener of medieval chant.”

Also scheduled on the performance is the beautiful work entitled “Reflective Mood” by the late Sammy Nestico. This lush trombone solo with band accompaniment will feature Dr. Daniel Hinman, director of low brass at Mary.

The concert is free and open to the public. Feel free to check for any recent protocol updates.

Concert Band Personnel

Fall 2021 


Greta Anderson, Bismarck ND

Meghan Schneider, Billings MT


Meghan Schneider, Billings, MT

Greta Anderson, Bismarck, ND

Rachelle Klein, Hazen, ND

Rachel Rusch, Bismarck, ND

Myra Arvig, Grey Eagle, MN


Emily Cicha, Mandan, ND

Emily Sahl, Wahpeton, ND


Kailee Klein, Wahpeton, ND

Isaiah Blickenstaff, Perham, MN

Raquel Bata, Langdon, ND

AnnaMarie Ingalls, Bancroft, IA

Theresa Karrmann, Fond du Lac, WI

Eve Heupel, Dickinson, ND


Joseph Zimmerman, West Bend, WI

Hannah Wutzke, Elbow Lake, MN


Sarah Puyleart, Forest Lake, MN


Kat Lawson, Bismarck, ND

Patrick Litton, Bismarck, ND

Riley Cronin, Larimore, ND


Lillian Effertz, Velva, ND


Kennedy Cowart, Houston, TX

Brooke Mueller, Bismarck, ND

Brady Saylor, Bismarck, ND

John Mendiola, Dassel, MN

Stephen Talbot, Carol Stream, IL


Gina Nelson, Bismarck, ND

Judy Parker, Bismarck, ND

Amanda Rocha, Tigard, OR


Lucas Schlosser, Mandan, ND

Reese Lausen, Billings, MT

Collin Prom, Swanville, MN

Kendall Tibor, Bismarck, ND

Zachary King, Glendale Heights, IL

Cole Kitzenberg, Billings, MT

Logan Quinn, Wilton, ND


Lucas Schlosser, Mandan, ND


Keenan Athman, Hamilton, MT

Nathan Heenan, Larsen, WI

Thatcher Solem, Beulah, ND

Sarah Pankratz, Billings, MT


Zach Marquette, Buffalo, MN

Edmund Peliska, Bismarck, ND

Ethan Emineth, Bismarck, ND

Graydon Williams, Bismarck, ND

Jack Luhman, Cokato, MN

Nicholas Amoranto, Circle Oceanside, CA


Amanda Rocha, Tigard, OR


Theresa Karrmann, Fond du Lac, WI

About the University of Mary

True to its motto “lumen vitae”—The Light of Life—the University of Mary offers education for the whole of life through cutting-edge professional programs and graduate programs animated by moral courage and leadership in chosen professions and service to the community. A private, co-educational Catholic institution, the University of Mary welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.

A Christian, Catholic, Benedictine institution founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Mary offers nearly 60 bachelor’s, 15 master’s, and four doctoral programs—in Education, Nursing Practice, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. The 19-sport Athletic Department adheres to its Greatness Through Virtue mission under the governance of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) conferences. With more than 3,800 students, Mary has locations in North Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Arizona, Rome, Italy, as well as vibrant online offerings.