by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Hoping to inspire kids to consider music as a future activity, the Elk River High School Band and director John Rosner hosted several hundred children from Lincoln, Twin Lakes, Meadowvale and Parker elementary schools Tuesday afternoon for an event called “A Young People’s Concert.”
The kids got a good demonstration of the music skills they can learn as the Wind Symphony played “Pilatus: Mountain of Dragons” and the band played “The Curse of Tutankhamun.”
Throughout the program, student leaders of each section — triumphs, low brass, clarinets, percussion, french horns, flutes, double reeds, and saxophones — took turns telling the kids what’s fun about their section.
“With trumpet, you get to be obnoxious,” quipped Dan Alfveby.
“If you’d like to try something different each day, join the percussion!” chirped Bridget Hulse, concluding a lively video presentation about the many jaunty sounds avaialable to the band’s percussion crew.
During the low brass skit, a student pretending to change a light bulb dropped it to the floor, and the trombones wailed out the familiar “Wah, wahh, wahhh, wahhhhhh,” drawing a big laugh.
Tom Fuller, retired English teacher, serves as the narrator.
The kids seemed to enjoy the presentation and perhaps as a result many will think about playing one of the instruments demonstrated and eventually joining the band.
Said Rosner, “Elementary kids don’t have a band … they don’t have big kids to look up to (for band). We are always trying to promote music in our school, and we thought this was one way we could do it.”