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The St. Olaf Band will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Plymouth High School.

St. Olaf Band opens national tour at PHS

Posted October 1, 2018

The St. Olaf Band – including 2016 Plymouth High School graduate Ella Harpstead – will perform at her alma mater to kick off its 2018 national tour.

Miss Harpstead, a junior music composition major at St. Olaf College, is the band’s euphonium section leader and was a recipient of the St. Olaf Band Endowed Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The St. Olaf Band, conducted by Dr. Timothy Mahr, is the oldest music organization at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., a campus internationally renowned for the high caliber of its musical ensembles.

The Plymouth concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 in the Acuity Auditorium at PHS, 125 Highland Ave. The concert is free for all students and $10 for adults. A discount is available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased at and also will be available at the door.

The St. Olaf Band has toured nationally since 1904 and internationally since 1906, when they performed a four-week, 30-concert tour of Norway, making them the first American collegiate band to tour Europe. The band has subsequently toured several times in Norway, Great Britain, Japan, central Europe, and most recently in Australia and New Zealand in 2018.

This tour’s program, Celebrating the Human Spirit, will feature Dr. Mahr’s Symphony No. 1, which received its world premiere in 2016.

A widely sought guest conductor and nationally recognized and award-winning composer, Dr. Mahr has more than 85 works to his credit. “When given the privilege to create a major work, an artist is challenged to consider making a substantive expression,” he said. “I’m interested in writing music that might pull the listener into the performance as an active participant.”

Learn more:
• View or download a flier about the St. Olaf Band concert at PHS.
• Visit the St. Olaf Band website at