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This year five students were accepted to be a part of the Boise State University Honor BandBoise State Universit students conducted chair auditions for Dawson Howard Leah Campbell Ember Campbell Mae Haines and David Larson on Feb 4 at BSUPractices were scheduled on the evenings of Feb 4 and 11 with a full day of rehearsal before the concert on Feb 12A guest conductor Dr Kenneth Bloomquist Director of Bands Emeritus at Michigan State University presided over practices on Feb 11 and 12 Dr Bloomquist conducted four of the pieces La Fiesta Mexicana an arrangement of Amazing Grace Flourish fo Wind Band and Emblem of UnityMarcellus Brown Director of Bands at Boise State University conducted the fifth piece entitled Basque Rhapsody This piece was written by Melvin Shelton Director of Bands Emeritus at Boise State University Shelton attended practice on the morning of the Feb 12 and described the way in which the piece was inspired and writtenShelton explained to the band how when he went looking for Basque music to play in his band he found that basically no instumental music existed in the Basque style A friend of his was director of a basque choir in Boise and was able to supply him with some choral basque musicFrom these varied pieces he endeavored to create an instrumental compilation that showed the diversity and uniqueness of Basque music and culture The piece contains many memorable portions including a vocal portion participated in by the entire band that was similar to a musical trill and will stick in the minds of listeners for a long timeShelton compared the feeling of hearing his piece played to the way a flasher feels when he opens his coat and all his feelings are exposed to the world He gave the band a standing ovation on completion of his piece during the concert
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