WSU band

Photo by Taylor Nyman ’17

Being part of band in high school has fond memories for me. Playing my alto-saxophone in various parades and marching band concerts is a memory that feels very recent. When I discovered that WSU had a band that allowed anyone to be apart of, I jumped at the chance. I was in the WSU band program for a year and I really enjoyed it!

Due to time constraints and a heavy focus on my major, I unfortunately haven’t been able to be in enrolled in the class. I still try to be an active supporter of the music program and the fine arts here on campus. It takes a lot of time and practice to take a sheet of music and bring it to life. Unfortunately, there were band concerts this weekend that I ultimately couldn’t make it to.

Thankfully there is this year’s holiday band concert on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 at 2pm in the Vivian Fusillo Main Stage Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

The holiday concert is a must-see show on campus. I love Christmas music and I have been resisting the urge to blast it in my apartment. So being able to go to a concert that’s after Thanksgiving and listening to beautiful Christmas music is a bonus. The Chamber Orchestra and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble cooperate to bring lively music to the stage.

It’s also a way to give back to the community because there’s a food drive associated with the concert. Bringing in a non-perishable food item will help feed those in the Winona community who struggle to put food on the table. I’m going to be there to support Winona State programs and give back to the community in one fun musical concert.

Also, bring your Santa, reindeer and elf hats, and get all decked out for the concert! The student performers sure will. I remember when I played in one concert I wore my professional black dress with a huge Santa hat. It also had the Vikings logo on the front because the Vikings are my team. This concert is a nice ease in to the holiday season and to the upcoming and much needed winter break. This concert is the Sunday before finals week, but allow it to be a nice holiday break from studying to unwind and relax.

Keep a lookout on the WSU homepage and around campus to see when other concerts are. I highly encourage you to attend. They are comprised of talented musicians who enjoy making beautiful music. It’s great for supporting various programs on campus. So, bring a huge group to the holiday concert that’s happening Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 at 2pm and enjoy the holiday spirit!

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Mariah Kaercher

Mariah graduated in 2017 with a BS in Exercise Science and a Nutrition minor. She is from Plymouth, MN and her hobbies include reading comic books, gaming on her Xbox 360 and playing with cats.

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