ERHS band hosting free Halloween concert Monday; wear your costumes

ERHS musicians in costumes at last year’s concert.
ERHS musicians in costumes at last year’s concert.


by Bruce Strand, Arts Editor

Here’s the first thing director John Rosner wants you to know about Elk River High School Band’s  annual Halloween Concert coming up Monday:

“We encourage kids to wear costumes,” Rosner said, “because we have a costume contest parade during the concert.”

Members of ERHS band and  North Sub-urban Concert Band will also wear costumes.

This free concert is the first band event of the school year, and has always been well-attended. Starting time is 7 p.m.

Both bands will play classic and contemporary selections to get the whole family into the Halloween spirit.

The ERHS Wind Symphony will play “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay; John Williams’ classic “Superman” piece; a plethora of Halloween classics in “Band-O-Ween;” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

The NSCB will play themes from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” composed by Howard Shore; a witches’ dance from the opera Le Villi called “La Tregenda,” written by Giacomo Puccini; “March of the Trolls” by Edvard Grieg; and “Mussorgsky!” by Modest Mussorgsky.

Both bands will join to play songs from all eight Harry Potter movies, written by Williams, Patrick Doyle and Nicholas Hoope.

Upcoming band events include the Veterans Day Concert on Nov. 11 and Winter Spectacular on Dec. 16.