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PATT RALL COLUMN: "Girls in White Dresses with Blue Satin Sashes"

The history of the Bemidji Area Community Band includes the days when the ensemble played in the grassy pavilion across town. The young ladies were present with their white dresses, hoping to catch the eye of some young man who will set the path for their future life together. Those days are long gone but the energy and attention to musical detail has supported the birth of a timeless tradition in many small towns when the brass section was king. BACB enjoys a solid place in the social and musical life of Bemidji and today is the beginning of the 2017 series...the Father's Day concert.

This time-honored tradition of a concert by the Bemidji Area Community Band continues today at 7 p.m. on the south lawn of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University at 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. It is the first of four outdoor concerts this summer and sponsored by Hill's Country Greenhouse.

The Community Band will be playing a program entitled "Music from the movies and other favorites." The program includes a selection featuring BSU Music Department faculty member Miriam Webber on bassoon playing "The Grumpy Old Bear." Webber holds a bachelor of music degree from Ball State University in Bassoon Performance, a double-reed instrument belonging to the woodwind family. She holds a master of music from McGill University and the University of Kansas in Bassoon Performance in Music Theory. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Kansas.

Webber has enjoyed playing in quite a few events, notably with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra (Messiah) and smaller events for the music department. Her playing adds a baseline and supports the other woodwinds (oboe and clarinet) and, alongside her husband with the BCAB. The Community Band is comprised of members of all ages and is proud to present to you quality concerts that bring musicians of all abilities together.

The Band will be under the direction of Les Torgerson, the Director of Music Emeritus at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls. Before moving to Thief River Falls, Les was Director of Bands at Bemidji High School and before that at Clara City High School.

After retirement in Thief River Falls, he served as an adjunct faculty member in charge of low brass and trombone choir at the University of North Dakota and at BSU.

This evening, we will enjoy a warm summer evening by the lake: don't forget those folding chairs, blankets or jackets and lots of bug repellent. The band and orchestra will just move inside to the main stage of Bangsberg, if the weather's not cooperating. The performance is free to the public but a freewill offering will be accepted to help offset the costs involved and also to purchase new or replacement sheet music. Future concerts will be held on Sunday, July 2, Sunday, July 23, and Sunday, Aug. 6. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. See you there!

Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Recital Series will move to St. Philip's Catholic Church, 702 Beltrami Ave. The 30-minute recital will begin at noon Wednesday, June 21, featuring Aana Freihammer on the piano and Philip Hermann with organ and voice. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the concert.

The free concert at The Farm by the Lake in Bagley at 4 p.m. today rain or shine.

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is back to the theater scene with a comic mystery "Baskerville: a Sherlock Holmes Mystery at 7:30 p.m. on June 21 and 28 to July 1 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, June 25. The production employs five actors who portray 40 different characters in this madcap show. There is a matinee performance the price of tickets is reduced on the matinee Sundays and can be bought at the box office at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

"Moon Over Buffalo" directed by Vicki Stenerson will be at the Long Lake Theater. The production is a comedy that takes place in the city of Buffalo, N.Y., of a once successful Shakespearean troupe of actors now down on their heels. Visit the Long Lake Theater website to get dates and times at

Intermediate Watercolor Workshop with Jane Freeman from noon to 4 p.m. on June 23 at the Clearwater Life Center, 226 Elm St. in Gonvick. The class is free and bring your watercolors and brushes. Registration is a must, call (218) 751-5447 or email

Calling all artists, crafters and authors to the Farm by The Lake's 4th Annual Festival on Sunday, Aug. 27. Setup by 11 a.m. with a 12 to 6 p.m. show. Artists/craft booths $30 and authors booths $20. Booths go fast so register as soon as possible. The Farm by the Lake 4th Annual Festival, 218-694-2084. " target="_blank">