Musician Gary Stenehjem left his mark on the Magic City music scene as a great director, educator, brass musician and organist.
He also left his mark on a number of young, aspiring musicians.
Two of Stenehjem's former students, Joan Haaland Paddock and Nathan Wilson, will return to perform with the Brass Band of Minot in the annual brass and organ concert that raises money for scholarships at Minot State University.
Submitted Photo - - Joan Haaland Paddock
Director Gordon Troxel noted that the performance, a fundraiser for the Gary Stenehjem scholarship, is also the third annual Hstfest concert, and has another significance as well.
"Wally Ost is moving to Sioux Falls," Troxel said. "So we're dedicating this concert to Wally Ost."
Ost, he said, was one of the founding members of the Brass Band of Minot, and over the years has written and arranged some 40 pieces for the band.
Tickets for the fundraising concert, set for Sunday at 4 p.m. in MSU's Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, are $10 for adults, payable at the door.
Haaland Paddock is professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Linfield College. Paddock has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, and is an active adjudicator, guest clinician and conductor in the United States.
Paddock is also a long-standing member of the Britt Festival Orchestra, and is frequent "on call" trumpeter with the Portland Opera and the Oregon Symphony. Paddock received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences for original music written and performed by her for a television documentary in 1992.
As a Fulbright scholar from Indiana University, she travelled to Norway and studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music with trumpet soloist Harry Kvebk. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars has awarded her candidacy on the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster.
Wilson is in his second year of his master's program at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Wilson earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon in trumpet performance. While in Eugene, he performed with the Eugene Symphony and the Newport Symphony, as well as other wind and brass ensembles.
Last year at the University of Massachusetts, Wilson was a member of the Infinity Brass Quintet. As the resident faculty quintet, an outreach arm of the Department of Music and Dance as well as active concertizing ensemble, Infinity has performed not only on campus at the college in Amherst, but at exclusive venues such as Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and throughout the northeast at high schools, colleges and universities.
As part of its repertoire, the Brass Band of Minot will perform several patriotic pieces and will also be joined by organ soloists Briana Schwann, a student at Minot State University, and instructor Kari Files.