Park Rapids Area Community Band Fall Concert

November 20, 2022

The Park Rapids Area Community Band is preparing for a Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 20 at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium. The concert will highlight two genres of music. The first half will be traditional band music and will feature two fine soloists within the band: Karen Onstad, percussionist, and Sandy Sprafka, oboist. The second half will include more holiday music and pieces associated with winter. Selections to be performed are by well-known composers such as Aaron Copland, Alfred Reed and Percy Grainger as well as some lesser-known composers include Julius Fucik, Ron Nelson and Georges Bizet. In the years since the band started performing in 1991, the band has grown to be a polished ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion musicians from the surrounding area including such communities as Park Rapids, Bemidji, Bagley, Menahga, Detroit Lakes and others. Many participants are area band directors, music teachers and freelance instrumentalists. The ranks are also filled with financial advisors, health professionals, farmers and social workers. Despite the varied occupations represented in the band, the main commonality is the members’ passion for making music. There is no admission charge; free will donations will be accepted.