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Aaron Stuckel
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Kirk Wassmer leads his Didsbury, Alberta grade nine concert band through a few classical pieces at the Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival.

Students from Didsbury, Alberta were at the Mae Wilson Theatre Tuesday performing in the Moose Jaw Band and Choral festival.

Kirk Wassmer led his grade-nine concert band through three different pieces for clinicians Jane Pinch and Brian Unverricht. He said he was happy with his group’s performance.

“I thought they played very well,” he said. “We’ve been working towards this for a little bit. It’s kind of our spring tour festival.”

Members of the band were also happy with the way things went.

“I thought we did pretty good. The beginning of Korean Folk Rhapsody was a little rough, but I thought we had good tone and pitch, and pulled it together,” said Kyra Paulgaard, who plays flute in the band.

This is the second year that students from Didsbury have performed at the festival. Wassmer said the non-competitiveness of the festival makes it a good year-end trip, and that having clinics at the end of each performance maintains the educational aspect.

“If you had five different conductors, you’d have five different ideas of how something should go. I think it’s great for the kids to see that,” he said. “At the same time, there’s those common things that I might have been harping on them for for months, and someone here says it and they go, ‘Oh, maybe Wassmer does know what he’s talking about.’ … It’s just a sound reinforcement for what we do.”

Wassmer said he too learned a lot from hearing what the clinicians had to say, and that it was nice to be able to be able to give someone else control of the band.

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Mae Wilson Theatre, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Didsbury, Alberta

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