January 29, 2023
Wilcox Theater, Reif Center - 7:00pm
Jazz Bands Concert
Welcome to the Grand Rapids High School Band. We are located in Grand Rapids, Minnesota which is approximately 100 miles south of the Canadian Border.
Our program offers students a comprehensive instrumental music education experience with concert bands, jazz ensembles, marching band, pep band, music theory and composition, and many small ensembles.
We take pride in our past accomplishments as well as work hard to always be better at what we do.
The Grand Rapids High School Marching Band’s show “The Hat of the Matter” placed first overall at the Prairie Colors Marching Band competition on Saturday afternoon in Eden Prairie.
On Saturday, at U.S. Bank Stadium, they went head to head with the best of the best bands in Minnesota. It was the Youth in Music Championships.
They finished 4th for class AAA and are the Minnesota State Class AAA Championship Runners Up for the second year in a row. Plus, they earned 5th best band in the state overall.
One of the band directors, Dale Gunderson, shared more on Wednesday via Zoom. “We talk a lot about growth mindset and believing in the process and the culture. We can’t control a subjective art form like this, as far as first or last. We focus on each performance being better than the last,” Gunderson said.
(WDIO TV, 10/18/23)
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has selected Grand Rapids (ISD #318) as one of the "Best Communities for Music Education." This designation reconizes the amazing support we have throughout our community for music and the arts. Thank you so very much for everything you as a community do for our program.