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Dickinson City Band tunes up for spring concert

The Dickinson City Band and Strings are preparing for an upcoming concert this weekend.

A musician from the Dickinson City Band performs in the winter of 2021. The Dickinson City Band returns to center stage for a spring concert on April 9, 2022, in the Dickinson High School Auditorium.
A musician from the Dickinson City Band performs in the winter of 2021. The Dickinson City Band returns to center stage for a spring concert on April 9, 2022, in the Dickinson High School Auditorium.
Jackie Jahfetson / The Dickinson Press

DICKINSON — The Dickinson City Band and Strings has been back in the rehearsal room since the end of January preparing for their spring concert, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 9 in the Dickinson High School Auditorium.

According to band director Matthew Goettle, there will be a wide range of music from folk songs to marches and movie music to John Williams. The band will perform “Marche Des Parachutistes Belges” (“March of the Belgian Paratroopers”) by Pierre Leemand, “American Folk Rhapsody” by Grundman, as well as “Young Person's Guide to John Williams” arranged by Jay Bocook, and much more.

The Dickinson Strings, which haven't been on stage since 2019 will please the audience with selections including “Allegro in G” by Vivaldi, “Romanian Waltz” by Ivanovici and “Dance of the Tumblers” from “The Snow Maiden” by Rimsky-Korsakoff.

The band and the strings will also come together to play orchestra pieces. The group is really excited to have additional string players from Scobey, Montana, which were a part of a group that Goettle directed while teaching in Scobey, and Bismarck join them for this concert. As an orchestra, the combined group will present “The Moldau” by Smetana and “Themes” from “Capriccio” by Tchaikovsky.

The Dickinson City Band has a long history in Dickinson, dating back to the late 1800s and has been bringing music to this area since that time. They have had the privilege of being supported by the community and have been able to draw members from the surrounding area for many years. The group has had members from high school up to musicians over 90. The band begins their fall season in the middle of September with a concert in early December. New members are always welcome to join.

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Refreshments will be served following the spring concert with a free will offering and time to visit with friends and musicians.

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