Get ready to ‘Swing into Spring’ Friday

Two special deliveries of music in Minot Friday will allow area residents to enjoy listening and dancing while they support special educational activities.

The Minot Community Concert Band and Minot Public School Foundation are sponsoring the ninth annual “Swing Into Spring” concert and dance at Holiday Inn Riverside.

The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., precedes a dance, according to Lowell Latimer of the Minot Public School Foundation.

“Christie and Tim Baumann will direct the music. They have worked at the International Music Camp for 10 years and are in their first year as camp directors,” Latimer said.

The dance band, which will provide music for the dance, are drawn from among concert Community Concert Band members.

“The Minot Public School Foundation supports educational activities of the school district through Foundation Enrichment grants,” Latimer said. “Education is enriched when youth are able to experience these special activities.”

The concert opens with Overture in B-flat, followed by Steven Bryant’s “Dusk” and Sailing Songs by Elliot Del Borgo. A Dixieland quintet with Bob Lowden arrangements will feature Mike Estevold on clarinet; Pat Schwan on trumpet; George Helm, tenor saxophone; Joe Alme, trombone; Curt Tracy, tuba; and Suzie Stevick, drums. Robert Sheldon’s “Corsairs Landing,” a selection from “Chicago” and Lowden’s Armed Forces Salute conclude the concert.

Foundation board president David Aas will be master of ceremonies.

Christie Baumann, who is a violist with the Minot Symphony Orchestra, graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato with a degree in music education and a master’s in professional development from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She taught in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Hong Kong.

Tim Baumann, who also taught in Wisconsin and Hong Kong, is an oboist with the symphony. He has a degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Tickets for “Swing into Spring” events – $10 for adults or $5 for students – are available at the Minot Public Schools Administration Building, 215-2nd St. SE, or at Jacobsen Music, 315-31st Ave. SW.

Latimer said hors d’oervres are included in ticket prices for the concert and dance.