Sounds of Christmas
The Rural North Bands filled the Muenster Gym with the sounds of Christmas on Tuesday December 7.  Three bands and one ensemble performed:  the Beginner Band, Junior Band consisting of students with 2 to 8 years of experience, the Senior Band of Grade 9-12’s, and a Percussion Ensemble.   Forty-five students are involved in the Rural North Bands.
The music was a selection of both secular and religious tunes, many arranged in medleys and featuring various instrumental sections in the band.  “The Thirteen Days of Christmas”  by Wolfbane Armadillo Mozart (a pseudonym) was especially entertaining, as was the “Carol of the Bells” percussion ensemble.
Parents, grandparents and community members enjoyed the music and the treats that were offered for the cost of a “Band Aid” donation following the concert.
Director Sharon Bates is kept busy and on the road instructing at six area schools involved in the Rural North Band (Muenster, Lake Lenore, Annaheim, St. Brieux, Middle Lake and Naicam) as well as directing the Humboldt Public School Grades 5-8 bands.   
The Rural North Band hosted a clinic in Lake Lenore October 24 with six accomplished clinicians.  The students enjoyed working with:  Lindsay Meyer, French horn/low brass,  Melfort;  Kate Wickenhauser, flute, Watson;  Vanessa Holness, clarinet,  Siemans ;  Jenelle Orcherton, sax/oboe and Roy Sydiaha, percussion,  Saskatoon;  and Anita Holtvogt, trumpet, Raymore.  This is an annual event that has been held for approximately ten years.
The next big event for the Rural North Band is their Yorkton/Assessippi tour in early February when they will perform and take part in workshops in Yorkton, then follow it up with a day in the great outdoors, skiing.  
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 Beginner Band 


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 Beginner Band 
 



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Beginner Band

 



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 Beginner Band 
 

 



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Beginner Band (Gr 5 & 6)

 



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 Junior Band (Grades 6-12) 
 

 



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Junior Band

 
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 Junior Band 
 

 



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Junior Band

 



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 Percussion Ensemble:  Josh Wuchner, St Gregor, Kathryn Sarauer, Annaheim, Luke Nieman, Lake Lake Lenore, Remington Rohel, Annaheim 
 

 



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 Senior Band (Gr 9-12) 
 

 



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Senior Band

 



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 Senior Band