University Band, Northern Plains Brass to present holiday concert Thursday, Dec. 2, at UND Memorial Union

The free concert, which is also be live-streamed, will feature unique versions of traditional holiday favorites.

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James Popejoy, UND professor of music and director of bands, conducts the UND University Band in this archival photo taken during a concert at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. (Submitted photo)

The UND University Band and the Northern Plains Brass will present “Sounds of the Season! A Holiday Concert” at 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, at the UND Memorial Union Ballroom.

The free concert will feature the ensembles performing unique settings of holiday favorites, said James Popejoy, professor of music and director of bands at UND.

The members of the Northern Plains Brass, a regional brass quintet, are Dave Christianson, Cory Driscoll, Tyler York, Nick Hagen and Mark Lentz. They will perform arrangements of “The Christmas Song,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “Christmas Time is Here” and “Let It Snow!”

The UND University Band, conducted by Popejoy, will perform “Snow Day Celebration!,” “Ode to Greensleeves” and Alfred Reed’s classic setting of “Russian Christmas Music.”

An undergraduate student conductor, Zachary Fischer, will lead the band in “Sparkling Lights,” by Matt Conway. Graduate student conductor Juanita Caballero will present a beautiful arrangement of “On a Catalonian Carol,” by Randall Standridge, Popejoy said.


The two ensembles will combine to close the program with performances of “A Jazzy Christmas” and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.”

The concert will also be live-streamed on the UND Music Department website, .

For more information, contact Popejoy at (701) 777-2815 or .

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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