Guidry to conduct Community Band July 28

BEMIDJI - Scott Guidry, assistant professor of music at BSU, completed his sixth year of teaching trumpet at the International Music Camp in June.

IMC is held at the International Peace Garden, located on the border between Dunseith, N.D., and Boissevain, Man. Thes camp holds seven consecutive week-long sessions for middle and high school students interested in performing arts.

Guidry began teaching at IMC in 2014 during the first session this camp was offered. His wife, Heather Guidry, adjunct oboe instructor at BSU, got involved in 2015 and now they teach at the first and second session of IMC every summer.

Guidry will conduct an upcoming concert with the Bemidji Area Community Band on July 28. The BACB is made up of musicians of all ages from the greater Bemidj. area. They spend the summer months rehearsing and performing outdoor concerts at BSU.

The performance is titled “Back to Woodstock” and features retro-themed music from Woodstock and other favorites from the era. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex south lawn with free admission. Audience members are encouraged to bring a chair to sit and watch the show.

Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition set for Aug. 1

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts will hold a Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at BSU’s Bangsberg Hall, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE.

Bemidji Sings! is an event of Minnesota Sings, a competition between cities throughout Minnesota that is designed for amateur vocalists in two age categories,15-25 and 26 and older. Emceed by David Eichholz of Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos, the first-place winner from each age division will go on to represent Bemidji at the state level for Minnesota Sings Statewide Finals.

Finalists who have been chosen to perform Aug. 1 are: April Aylesworth, Darolyn Erickson, Brooke Donaghue, Traci Djonne Schanke, Ronelva Gustafson, Susannah Roed, Charlotte Saxton, McKayla Syverson, Kari Ekhoff, Christa Drake, Maya Lindquist, Carson Carter, Skilah Hurd and Britta Aas.

Finalists will be judged based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and the judge's overall impression. Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition will be judged by Zachary Swank, Karen Bradley, Linda Wagner, Kitty O'Connor and Peter McKenzie.

Admission for the evening is $5. Tickets and more information can be found by calling (218) 444.5606 or online at

Brother Jon Band to perform at 2nd Street Stage

PARK RAPIDS -- Brother Jon Band, a rock band out of Minneapolis, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at 2nd Street Stage in downtown Park Rapids.

The band is rooted in blues and classic rock with a jam style all of their own. They are the winners of the 2016 Famous Dave’s battle of the bands, Duluth’s 94x battle of the bands and Inline Marathon competition, a release said. For their live performances, Brother Jon mixes their own music with covers of famous rock bands, including Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix and Black Crowes, the release said.

The beer garden will open at 5 p.m. for a social hour. Attendees can support this event by buying an official 2019 button and receive $2 off all beverages at the beer garden.

To see the complete summer line up, go to

BACM presents next summer recital July 24

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Area Church Musicians summer recital series will continue at noon on Wednesday, July 24, at Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road SW.

The recital will feature several musicians from the church with a variety of sounds and styles.

Players include Olivia Carlson on trumpet, Melodie Allen on flute, Eric Allen on autoharp and french horn, Tracy Parthun on oboe and handchimes, Kay Sue Eriksson on piano, Cale Mouser on trombone, Valerie Porter on cello, and Kenneth Wold on piano and organ. One selection will

feature six of the players in an instrumental ensemble. Most of the selections will be settings of hymns and the audience will be invited to join in singing a well-known hymn, a release said.

A luncheon will follow the concert with a price to be announced. A free-will offering will be received at the door for the Scholarship and Fellowship programs of the Bemidji Area Church


Watermark Art Center to hold art camp

BEMIDJI, MN – Watermark will hold “Mark Makers” art camp, a day camp for grades one through six. This program offers an immersive art experience to area youth, a release said. Kids will spend the week studying a variety of art techniques and skills. Mark Makers Art Camp is divided into two sections defined by grade level. The camp will be held July 29 through Aug. 2. The cost is $120, $100 for Watermark members. A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarship funding for fourth- through sixth-grades has been filled, but scholarships remain for kids in first- through third-grade. Pre-registration is required. Visit to register. The art center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

Trinity Lutheran Church to hold summer concert

CASS LAKE -- Trinity Lutheran church will host a summer concert featuring pianist Wayne Hoff and other musicians from the Bemidji area at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, at the church, 6810 U.S. Highway 2, Cass Lake. The concert will feature vocals, instrumental, jazz and ragtime music. All are welcome, cake and ice cream will be served following the performance.