BSU Wind Ensemble to Honor Presidents Day and Black History Month

The Bemidji State University Wind Ensemble, under the direction Scott Guidry, will hold a performance in honor of Presidents Day and Black History Month on Feb. 11.

The concert, “A Celebration of Presidents Day & Black History Month,” begins at 3 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for students.

The concert will feature BSU President Dr. Faith Hensrud as the guest narrator of Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” along with performances honoring Duke Ellington, John Williams, John Philip Sousa, Mark Camphouse and more.

The concert will include:

  • “A Movement for Rosa,” music honoring civil rights heroine Rosa Parks,
  • “Duke Ellington in Concert,” a medley of Duke Ellington’s music including Take the “A” Train, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Caravan, Mood Indigo, and It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing,
  • “Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March,” a Sousa march named for the Minneapolis landmark,
  • “Lincoln: Music from the Motion Picture,” director Stephen Spielberg’s biopic featured a score by the legendary John Williams,
  • “Ever Braver, Ever Stronger: An American Elegy,” written in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
About Bemidji State’s Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is open to all BSU students and rehearses three days per week. In addition to regularly programmed campus concerts, the Wind Ensemble hosts the Northern Minnesota Honor Band, an annual band festival for many of the top high school musicians Minnesota.

The ensemble takes an annual band tour with its concerts performed at many of the major high school music programs in the area. Recent tours include performances in Winnipeg and Minneapolis.


Feb. 11 – 3 p.m. – Bemidji State Music Department presents A Celebration of Presidents Day & Black History Month in the main theatre of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, Bemidji State University. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors, free for students with ID. Information: (218) 755-2915.


Bemidji State University, located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,100 students, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. The university’s Shared Fundamental Values include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and international and multicultural understanding.