VCSU Presents Nationally Recognized Teacher for Ployhar Honor Band on October 28

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Alumni and friends

October 24, 2022

The 19e annual James D. Ployhar Honor Band will perform at the VCSU Center for the Arts Performance Hall on Friday, October 28, 2022. A variety of classic and modern band literature will be performed by 95 students selected from 20 schools in North Dakota and South Dakota, with curated selections by Ployhar.

Shawn Sudduth

“We are once again humbled by the regional support for our event,” said Jerrold Heide, Festival Director and Chair of the Music Department. “Thanks to the efforts of directors and students, we are once again offering two quality instrumental ensembles as part of the Ployhar event.”

To mark the first Ployhar event in the new Arts Centerthe event will feature two educators who have recently been honored in their field.

Shawn Sudduth, a professor at the University of the Cumberlands, Ky. will lead the Honor Band, which includes the top instrumentalists accepted for the event. Sudduth is currently Director of Music Education and Sports Groups at UC and sponsors the UC National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Chapter, which was recognized with the 2022 National Service Chapter of Excellence Award.

Tammy Goerger
Tammy Goerger

The Festival Band will feature Tammy Goerger, current instrumental music teacher at Wahpeton Public Schools and 2022 Richland County Teacher of the Year.

“We are honored to have two outstanding educators present for this year’s festival,” Heide added. “These two directors are inspiring leaders and musicians, and we are grateful for their willingness to share their time and talents with the Ployhar participants. We look forward to what is sure to be a memorable evening, and we are delighted to welcome these students, directors and their families to discover our beautiful campus! »

The 7 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. Please contact the VCSU Music Department at 845-7272 for more information.

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