The lights over the audience dim as Dr. Vance Larsen and Josh Rasmussen raise the baton. The members of the band watch intently, the energy rising. This is the moment they have been working for. Once that baton starts to move, the music rings, and fills each band member with more energy.
This is what is going to happen on March 13 in the Eccles Center. The Snow College Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band are in rehearsals, getting ready for this festival performance with North Sanpete High School. “There’s going to be a lot of humor, as will be encompassed in our ‘Variations on a Tango,’” says Dr. Vance Larsen, Director of the Snow College Wind Ensemble. “We’re [also] playing An American Elegy, which was written in response to the Columbine High School shooting.”
Most years, this music festival concert includes a judiciary and many different bands from middle schools and high schools. However, it didn’t quite work out this year. North Sanpete High School will still come perform with the bands. “Most people don’t think they would enjoy coming to a band concert,” says Dr. Larsen. “These students have been working extremely hard, and I think anyone who comes will enjoy it and find it worthwhile.” Josh Rasmussen, Director of the Snow College Symphonic Band, agrees. Rasmussen’s music choice for the Symphonic Band includes Fantasy on Yankee Doodle and Brighton Beach Concert March. “I definitely hope the audience enjoys it,” says Rasmussen. “We’ve been working very hard, and this concert will be worth their time.”
The Snow College Symphonic Band includes high school students playing alongside the college students. “I think this is good for them,” says Rasmussen. “They can build their skills by playing with experienced college students, and that raises the level for their school as well.”
The Band Festival Concert will begin at 7:30 pm in the Jorgenson Concert Hall, located in the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, on Friday, March 13. “I know there are a lot of musicians out there on campus who aren’t involved in any performing groups,” says Rasmussen. “I’d like to invite them to come out and be part of us.”