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Black Hills State University hosted over 200 middle and high school students for the 15th annual Northern Hills Honor Band Festival this week. Participating area schools included: Belle Fourche, Douglas, Edgemont, Harding County, Hill City, Kadoka, Lead-Deadwood, Newell, New Underwood, Oelrichs, Philip, Spearfish, St. Thomas More, Stanley County, Sturgis, and Tiospaye Topa School.
Black Hills State University hosted over 200 middle and high school students for the 15th annual Northern Hills Honor Band Festival this week.

Participating area schools included: Belle Fourche, Douglas, Edgemont, Harding County, Hill City, Kadoka, Lead-Deadwood, Newell, New Underwood, Oelrichs, Philip, Spearfish, St. Thomas More, Stanley County, Sturgis, and Tiospaye Topa School.

The bands were directed by Gary Hansen (middle school) and Toby Rath (high school). Hansen is currently the director of bands at West Middle School in Rapid City and principal trumpet player for the Black Hills Symphony. Rath is associate director of bands at Rapid City Central High School and has won numerous parade and field marching awards.

The festival, which culminated in a special public concert in the evening, provided students from smaller schools the opportunity to perform in a large band with full sections of each instrument.

For more information, contact Dr. Janeen Larsen, BHSU music professor, at 642-6241 or JaneenLarsen@BHSU.edu.