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Dr. Russell Pesola conducts the Park Rapids Area community band during a recent rehearsal. At right, Dr. Deane Johnson will perform a clarinet solo. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Fall community band concert to feature clarinet solo

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Dr. Russell Pesola will conduct the Park Rapids Area community Band concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. The 20th annual fall concert will be held in the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium.


The concert will include a clarinet solo by Dr. Deane Johnson, "Clarinet on the Town" by Ralph Herman. He has been with the band for 20 years and performs in other bands in the area. Dr. Pesola is the band's second conductor.

The band has a spring and fall concert and four outdoor concerts each summer. The music has been written for college level and the players have improved throughout the years to tackle that level of music.

The Nov. 20 concert will include "The Merry Wives of Windsor" by Otto Nikcolai; "Symphonic Songs for Band #II Spiritual;" "Tahitio Trot" by Vincent Youmans; "Gallito," a Spanish march by S. Lope; and "Clarinet on the Town" by Ralph Herman.