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IMC group plays Music in the Park

By Staff | Jun 27, 2014

Tim Chapman/PCT International Music Camp faculty members (Clockwise from left) Tim Farrell, Arlene Shiplett, Devin Otto, Thomas Zugger and Ronnie Ingel performed as a brass quintet Wednesday at Music in the Park

While some area youth were at International Music Camp at the International Peace Garden, five camp faculty came down to Rugby to perform under the Mark J. Carlson Memorial Gazebo.

The International Brass Quintet performed on a sunny Wednesday evening and was warmly received by the crowd. Although, as a group, their journey to Rugby was only a 45-minute drive, individually each member traveled distances ranging from 65 miles to 1,400 miles to come together.

The group is composed of Tim Farrell, professor and chairman of the music department at the University of South Dakota; Ronnie Ingel, trumpet professor at the University of North Dakota; Thomas Zugger, associate professor of trumpet and euphonium at Capital University Conservatory of Music in Ohio; Devin Otto, associate professor of music at Minot State University; and Arlene Shiplett, of the Saskatoon Symphony. Both Ingel and Farrell played on trumpets, Otto on tuba, Shiplett on french horn and Zugger played trombone.

Each member has been in the group for a varied amount of years. Zugger has been with the group for six years and Shiplett for five, while this year is the first year for Ingel. An earlier incarnation of the quintet, with different membership, performed in Rugby eight years ago.

The quintet played renditions of “Battle of Jericho”, Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”, Fats Waller’s “Black and Blue”, gospel classic “Down by the Riverside” and an original tune inspired by the Great Lakes, among others. Their expansive repertoire included jazz and baroque.

“We play anything that’s been arranged for us,” Farrell said. “A lot of what we play has been transcribed either for us or for groups our size.”

The quintet also performed in Minot, and Farrell noted a contrast between the two audiences.

“The audience in Rugby was larger, almost twice as big as Minot,” Farrell said.

Beautiful music July 9

For the July 4th week, there is no Music in the Park performances. Performances pick up again July 9 with Sister’s 7.

Composed of Julie Geiger, of Mandan; and Anita Hoger, Joell Letzring, Dana Pazdernik, DeAnn Bueligen, Bonnie Toepke and Kristie Klusman, all of New Salem, the ladies each have various influences, ranging from gospel to oldies to country, and perform five-part harmonies.

They have performed at weddings, fairs, banquets and other functions.

All Music in the Park performances take place at 7 p.m. at Ellery Park. During performances, Lions Club members will also scoop free ice cream.

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