Public Welcome to Attend Free 2024 Spring Band Concert at Mary

Denis Gowen conducting students in the Spring Concert.

BISMARCK, ND — On Sunday, March 17, the University of Mary Concert Band will perform its annual Spring Concert at 3 p.m. in Luman Vitae University Center’s (LVUC) Founders Hall, on campus. 

Dennis Gowen, professor of Music and director of Bands and High Brass at Mary, says the students are eagerly looking forward to their annual spring presentation.  

“Our spring concert falls on St. Patrick’s Day once again,” said Gowen, “and we’re excited to share a couple great tributes to the Irish culture, as well as other gems, with our faithful audience.” 

The performance will open with “Kirkpatrick Fanfare” by Andrew Boysen. And later on, the ensemble lets loose with “Riverdance,” a classic nod to the Irish dance phenomenon written by Bill Whelan and arranged for band by Johan de Meij. 

 “Every time I hand out this fantastic work, the students are immediately enthralled,” continued Gowen. Rebekah Libby, freshman vocal performance major from Livermore, CA, will join the band in singing the opening movement ‘Cloudsong.’” 

Other works on the program include “Pas Redoublé” by Camille Saint-Saëns, and “Suite in Eb” by Gustav Holst. “The Holst Suite is among the most timeless works in our young history of original repertoire for the wind band,” added Gowen. “Numerous students had recently asked to rehearse and perform the Suite as part of their time here at Mary. How do you say ‘no’ to a request like that?”   

The concert will also feature two student conductors and a student composer. “We’re fortunate to have three student conductors enrolled in independent conducting lessons this semester,” remarked Gowen. “Two will conduct works during our spring concert, and one at graduation this year.”

Stephen Talbot, trumpeter and senior music major from Carol Stream, IL, will conduct a premiere of his own recent composition, “Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry.” And Christopher Dill, from St. Paul, MN, will conduct “Wayfaring Stranger” by Christopher Nelson.

The concert is free and open to the public. Come join the University of Mary Band for a spectacular array of outstanding musical works on Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m.

Spring Band Personnel


*Meghan Schneider                                Billings, MT

Kathryne Johnson                                    Broomfield, CO

Olivia Anderson                                        Bismarck, ND

Calista Rennich                                          Bismarck, ND

+Sophia Moore                     

Greta Anderson                                      Bismarck, ND

Logan Grabins                                         Verona, WI

Elizabeth Beshenich                             Leavenworth, KS

Myra Arvig                                                  Grey Eagle, MN

Lily Shaw                                                    Billings, MT


*Anna Wenning                                        Beulah, ND

Michael Phillips                                         Williston, ND


*Maja Dojs                                                 Bismarck, ND

Peter Talbot                                                Carol Stream, IL

Megan Jennen                                           Forest Lake, MN

Faith Peddycord                                        Superior, CO


Mya Tena                                                     Bismarck, ND


Sarah Puyleart                                         Forest Lake, MN


*Hattie Muellenbach                              Corona, SD

Matthew Mendiola                                 Dassel, MN

Edmund Peliska                                        Bismarck, ND

+Emily Finnegan                                       Baraboo, WI

Brissa Campos Aragon                           Denver, CO

Carlia Boggs                                                Merrifield, MN


Damien Hartze                                          Bismarck, ND

Molly Pearson                                           Ottertail, MN


Lillian Effertz                                              Velva, ND


*Brady Saylor                           Bismarck, ND

*Stephen Talbot                     Carol Stream, IL

John Mendiola                        Dassel, MN

Abigail Welle                          Freeport, MN

Madeline London                   Winneconne, WI

Lucas Mueller                          Bismarck, ND

Katie Emter                             Steele, ND

Riley Stotesbery                    Graceville, MN

Grace Goven                            Turtle Lake, ND


*Jase Kleser                              Bismarck, ND

+Mark Stotzer                          Albuquerque, NM

+Rachael Puyleart                  Forest Lake, MN

Amanda Rocha                        Tigard, OR

+Maggie Krautkramer        Appleton, WI

Gabrielle Kielkucki              Manchester, IA


*Zachary King                          Glendale Heights, IL

Logan Quinn                             Wilton, ND


Marie Wilson                           Bismarck, ND


Keenan Athman                      Hamilton, MT

Nicholas Mettler                    Burtrum, MN


*Nicholas Amoranto          Oceanside, CA

*Noah Deabel                        Chicago Heights, IL

Zachary Turner                      Mandan, ND

Haylie Prugh                           Aberdeen, SD

Megan Snyder                        Custer, SD

Joshua Burdullis                   Mountlake Terrace, WA

* = Principal or Co-Principal

+ = Section Leader

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A Christian, Catholic, Benedictine institution founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Mary offers nearly 60 bachelor’s, 18 master’s, and five doctoral programs—in Business Administration, Education, Nursing Practice, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. The 20-sport Athletic Department adheres to its Greatness Through Virtue mission under the governance of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), and the USA College Clay Target League. With more than 3,800 students, Mary has locations in North Dakota, Montana, Arizona, Rome, Italy, as well as vibrant online offerings.