34th annual - January 18,19,20 2019 UND Honor Band, Choir, Strings Festival Matthew Macdonald - Tuba
Congratulations for a job well done to Matthew Macdonald who performed with over 400 pre-auditioned band, choir and orchestra kids from North Dakota and Minnesota at the 34th annual Honor Band, Choir and Orchestra Festival at UND.
After talking with the directors, we found out that this particular event is ranked above All-state in numbers of students selected and because of the great difficulty of the music.
For the finale' of the evening, Matthew participated in the combined performance, including all the band, choir and orchestra students, with their performance of "Dry Your Tears Africa," which was composed by John Williams for the movie "Armistad."
It was a long and cold trip but it was well worth the effort - from his initial audition with Dr. James Popejoy, the UND band conductor, the long wait for results and now the actual even itself. It was a music activity that Matthew will not forget ... nor will I. Mr. Paulson
2019 UND Honor Band Matthew Macdonald representing HMB on tuba
For the conclusion of the concert, all honor groups, including band, chorus and orchestra presented a combined performance of "Dry Your Tears Afrika", written by John Williams for the movie "Armistad."
"Dry Your Tears Afrika" in concert
An exciting yet extremely difficult and challenging piece called "Firework"
Looking out towards the audience seating at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.