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Thematic music slated for Feb. 12 band concert

Trumpeters Ellie Gwiazdon, left, Cassidy Bera, Cole Ackerman, Alex Niemela, Matt Cloutier, and Samantha Taylor rehearse Thursday with other members of the Park Rapids Area High School band for their concert scheduled 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 in the auditorium. (Robin Fish / Enterprise)

The Park Rapids Area High School band concert is 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 in the auditorium.

"I'm eager to share this concert because the kids have worked hard and accomplished lots, but I also think it is full of music that is enjoyable to play and to listen to," said band director John Cook. "I rarely plan music around a theme, but this concert is very programmatic in nature. It is music that tells a story or paints a picture in the listener's mind. Sometimes it tells a specific story, other times if gives an impression of a general idea. It can also sound almost as if it could serve as a soundtrack for a movie because the musical images are so strong."

Musical selections in Monday's program are as follows:

• "The Pioneers" by Jim Curnow, reminiscent of the prairie and westward expansion;

• "The Great Locomotive Chase" by Robert W. Smith depicts steam locomotives racing as it tells a true story of hijacked trains and sabotaged rails during the Civil War and General Sherman's march to the sea;

• Highlights from the movie "Up;"

• "Chant and Savage Dance" by Brian Balmages;

• "Syncopated Clock" by James Ployhar

• "Salvation is Created" by Pavel Tschesnokoff;

• "Zoot Suit Riot" as recorded by Cherry Poppin' Daddies.

The concert will also feature the jazz band.