For over 70 years the Williston Concert Association has been bringing a variety of musical acts to the region, and the group is wrapping up their 2018-2019 season with one final concert and a push to gain more members.
Presidio Brass, a quintet out of San Diego, is the fifth and final performance of the Concert Association’s season, bringing their unique sounds and stage performance to the Bakken Elementary on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. The brass ensemble has performed across the country in over 40 states, as well as internationally in Canada and China.
Combining their signature brass sound with piano accompaniment, the group has been touring the world, playing their own original arrangements, as well as some of Hollywood’s greatest hits with their Sounds of Cinema tour. The groups plays music from such Hollywood films as Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Chicago and Les Miserables.
According to the group’s bio, Presidio Brass came together in 2006 with the primary mission to promote music education and appreciation in youth. Each member of the group began their musical career by joining their school’s band program, and inspired by their music teachers, chose to form the group to help inspire others. The desire to share that love of music is why Presidio Brass couples their performances with a school program whenever possible. For this performance, the group will be holding an outreach program and concert for students at Bakken Elementary.
You must be a Williston Concert Association member to attend the concert, but the event is an opportunity to join and sign up for next year’s season, and see Presidio Brass as a bonus concert. A single membership for the Concert Association is $50, getting you into all five of Williston’s concerts. However, thanks to the reciprocity of the concert associations in Crosby, Watford City and Dickinson, a single membership also gives you access to the 11 concerts those cities host as well.
Concert Association President Allen Domagala said the group has been an important part of the Williston community for almost 75 years, and is an important asset to showing residents the importance of music appreciation.
“(The Concert Association) is so important to helping kids and the public recognize that there is such tremendous value in music,” he explained to the Williston Herald. “Whether it is the vocal or the instrument, it is such a way to express opinions and personalities. Music is a part of life and we should all experience it.”
This final concert holds special significance, said Jean Lindvig, public relations director for the Concert Association, as it will be dedicated to the memory of Jacqueline Keck, a longtime member, musician and supporter of music in the area. Keck passed away in March after a battle with cancer.
“Jackie has just been such a supporter of the music community in Williston for years, and was president of Williston Concert Association for several years,” Lindvig said. “So we just thought this would be a nice way to honor her, because we miss her and we miss her cute and catchy introductions of our musicians.”
For more information on Williston Concert Association membership, contact President Allen Domagala at 701-572-3698 or Membership Secretary Janet Erlandsen at 701-572-2701.