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Band invites alumni to perform [UPDATED]

Published 10:40am Thursday, December 19, 2013 Updated 12:42pm Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Fergus Falls High School band instructors would like to extend an open invitation to participate in a fun and exciting community activity.

On Thursday, January 23, 2014, the Fergus Falls band program will be performing a concert with guest conductor and world-renowned composer Samuel Hazo.

The concert will feature the world premiere of Mr. Hazo’s newest composition titled “Arrows.”

This piece was commissioned by the Fergus Falls Wind Ensemble on behalf of the community of Fergus Falls and the alumni of the band program.

It was written in honor of Mr. Jim Iverson’s service to the Fergus Falls Public Schools.

As part of that concert, a Fergus Falls Alumni Concert Band is being formed (non-alumni participants are welcome too).

The band will be conducted by Mr. Iverson and will perform segments of favorite music from the past.

The band will rehearse three times before the concert.

Optional rehearsals are scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Wednesday, Jan. 22. The only mandatory rehearsal is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23.

If you are interested in performing with the Alumni Concert Band you must register by Monday, Dec.23.

You can register electronically by visiting music.fergusotters.org, clicking on “Band,” and filling out the form at the top of the page. You can also register by contacting Scott Kummrow by email (skummrow@fergusotters.org) or by phone (218-998-0544, ext. 2104).

 

Message to parents — Check medicine cabinets

Minnesota Department of Education’s Commissioner Cassellius has requested superintendents to share the following information:

As a new calendar year starts, families should check their medicine cabinets for unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

Just by keeping these drugs in your household, you could unknowingly be providing easy access to one of the fastest growing categories of abused substances.

Prescription drug abuse is rising rapidly, especially among teens.

When abused, prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as illicit drugs and often act as gateway drugs to heroin.

Countering abuse of prescription drugs is a priority of the State Substance Abuse Strategy being implemented by the Department of Human Services, the departments of Health, Public Safety, Corrections, Education and other agencies as well as the State Judicial Board, Minnesota National Guard/Department of Military Affairs, Minnesota Board of Pharmacy and the Minnesota Health Professional Services Program.

The magnitude of heroin and opiate abuse across Minnesota is at its highest level ever.

Addiction treatment admissions for heroin and other opiates accounted for 20 percent of all treatment admissions in the Twin Cities in 2012, second only to alcohol admissions.

Prescription drugs can be easy to get, often from family or friends for free or by visitors using home bathrooms.

So take action and handle your prescription drugs responsibly. Clean out your medicine cabinet and dispose of any unwanted or unused pills so they are not a temptation.

Guidelines for drug disposal are available on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.

 

Happy holidays

The Fergus Falls Public School School Board and staff would like to wish you a happy holiday season.

We hope you are able to enjoy this time with family and friends.

 

 

 

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