NSU's Dominant 7 brass band crucial for inaugural ball
Latest News | January 10, 2015
Northern State University’s Dominant 7 brass band will be celebrating along with Gov. Dennis Daugaard Saturday.
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By KatnerineGrandstrand | January 10, 2015
The group was asked to not only perform a piece at the governor’s inauguration ceremony, but will be providing fanfare for those entering during the Grand March at the Inaugural Ball that evening, director Grant Manhart said.
Daugaard, a Republican, is set to begin his second term after easily winning re-election in November. Daugaard and his wife, Linda, will be the final couple to enter the festivities and will receive the biggest musical celebration.
“There’s no way for them to understand how tense this is,” Manhart said of his students. “It’s literally South Dakota royalty, and it happens so rarely, no one really is prepared for it. ... No one has any experience with how to act or how it’s going to go or flow.”
Daugaard first heard the Dominant 7 perform at Molded Fiber Glass during the send-off for the first propeller made at the Aberdeen plant and spent some time chatting with the group at that event, Manhart said. He requested that the Dominant 7 play on Saturday.
This is the second time Dominant 7 has performed for a gubernatorial inauguration, and the first it has played for Daugaard, Manhart said. All of the students who performed the first time have graduated, he said.
The first time the group performed at a gubernatorial inauguration in Pierre was for Mike Rounds in 2007. It played a single song during the ceremony, then left, Manhart said. This time, the musicians get to be a part of the formal ball. That means formal attire.
“It’s tuxes for the men, and the women just wear sort of a concert black — they get a lot more freedom,” Manhart said. “They express their individuality through their dress.”
Musicians are converging on Pierre from all over the region, Manhart said.
“One’s coming up from Plankinton, another from Bismarck (N.D.), another one from way West River, Camp Crook,” Manhart said. “So they’re all coming from all points.”
The Dominant 7 was asked to play the inauguration shortly before classes let out for semester break, Manhart said. The group got in a few rehearsals before dispersing for the holidays, he said.
“It gave them a bunch of energy, so we had some real purpose,” Manhart said.
NSU begins its spring semester on Monday, so the performance is ending the winter break a few days early. Not that anybody minds.
“The kids and I are really, really excited,” Manhart said. “This really is a once-in-a-lifetime event for all of us. It’s just really exciting and an honor.”
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Members of the Dominant 7 group performing Saturday at Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s second inauguration are:
• Grant Manhart, director, arranger, trumpet, vocals: Northern State University faculty, Aberdeen
• Nick Ries, trumpet, vocals: sophomore, music education, Watertown
• Paige Tooker, trumpet, vocals: sophomore, music education, Warner
• Alec Nelson, trumpet: senior, music education, Jamestown, N.D.
• Colton Schaeffer, trumpet, vocals: freshman, music education, Wilmot
• Calvin Cramer, trumpet: senior, music education, Camp Crook
• Delayna LaBelle, trombone: sophomore, music education, Sturgis
• Alan Birmeier, tuba: junior, music, Plankinton