Tri-State Band Festival Underway

The concert at 7 is happening over at UWS Thorpe Langley auditorium with free admission for students, $3 for seniors, and $5 for adults.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — It’s a big day for talented high school musicians in the region.

More than 120 of them were invited to the tri-state band festival hosted at UW-Superior Thursday evening.

The students are coming in from about two dozen schools around the northland.

They’ll rehearse with the university’s faculty from the music department, along with a special guest “clinician” and expert in music from Purdue University, Jonathan Sweet.

Then on Thursday night at 7  p.m. they will host a concert open to the public with high school and UWS musicians something that couldn’t happen last year because of the pandemic.

“There’s an intensity to the music-making today where you get your music a little bit before, you practice and have your stuff ready, and then you have one day to make a performance happen that night and in some ways that really reflects a professional approach to music-making,” UWS Music Department Chair, Brett Jones says.

The concert at 7 is happening over at UWS Thorpe Langley auditorium with free admission for students, $3 for seniors, and $5 for adults.

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