Public Invited to 2023 University of Mary Fall Band Concert

Concert band

BISMARCK, ND — On Saturday, October 21, the University of Mary Concert Band performs its annual Fall Band Concert at 4 p.m. in Founders Hall of the Lumen Vitae University Center, on campus.

Dennis Gowen, professor of Music and director of Bands and High Brass at Mary, says the students are eagerly looking forward to the annual fall presentation. 

“We completed a very successful spring European Tour of Spain and France,” commented Gowen, “where University of Mary musicians enjoyed such an enriching and memorable opportunity to share our artistic offerings with music enthusiasts from ‘across the pond.’ The students and I are excited to present our annual fall program to our wonderful Bismarck-Mandan regional audience.”

Featured works include “Glory and Triumph” by Hector Berlioz (from his Grande Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale, Op. 15), “Incantation and Dance” by John Barnes Chance, and “Sea Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. “Sea Songs, which enjoys its 100th anniversary this year, was originally conceived and premiered as the second movement of Vaughan Williams’s famous English Folk Song Suite before being removed and re-published as its own work by the composer,” added Gowen.

Another special work is “On the Wing” by Bismarck composer, trumpeter, and educator J. Abelardo Flores. “We’re excited to welcome Abelardo onto campus to work with our band students, and to conduct his piece at our fall concert,” says Gowen. “He has a vast wealth of experience and is such a wonderful member of our Bismarck-Mandan musical community.”

The concert, which is free and open to the public, concludes with a feature by the horn section, the adored and often-programmed “American Overture” by Joseph Willcox Jenkins. Join the University of Mary Concert Band for a spectacular array of outstanding musical works on Saturday, October 21 at 4 p.m.

Anyone who wishes to learn more about the University of Mary can do so at or, or by contacting an admissions representative at, or by calling (701) 355-8030. The University of Mary is one of only 15 Recommended Cardinal Newman Society Residential Colleges and Universities in the US.

About the University of Mary: True to its motto “lumen vitae”—The Light of Life—the University of Mary offers education for the whole of life through cutting-edge professional programs and graduate programs animated by moral courage and leadership in chosen professions and service to the community. A private, co-educational Catholic institution, the University of Mary welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.

A Christian, Catholic, Benedictine institution founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Mary offers nearly 60 bachelor’s, 18 master’s, and five doctoral programs—in Business Administration, Education, Nursing Practice, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. The 20-sport Athletic Department adheres to its Greatness Through Virtue mission under the governance of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), and the USA College Clay Target League. With more than 3,800 students, Mary has locations in North Dakota, Montana, Arizona, Rome, Italy, as well as vibrant online offerings.

Fall 2023 Concert Band Personnel


Meghan Schneider                Billings, MT

Kathryne Johnson                  Broomfield, CO

Olivia Anderson                      Bismarck, ND


*Meghan Schneider              Billings, MT

Kathryne Johnson                  Broomfield, CO

Olivia Anderson                      Bismarck, ND

+Calista Rennich                     Bismarck, ND

Elizabeth Beshenich              Leavenworth, KS

Lily Shaw                                    Billings, MT


*Anna Wenning                      Beulah, ND

Michael Phillips                       Williston, ND

Zoe Frohlich                             Bismarck, ND

English Horn

Anna Wenning                        Beulah, ND


*Maja Dojs                               Bismarck, ND

Peter Talbot                             Carol Stream, IL

+Maggie Norton                     Brookfield, WI

+Megan Jennen                      Forest Lake, MN

Kaylee Berger                          Bismarck, ND

Bass Clarinet

Mya Tena                                   Bismarck, ND

Contra Alto Clarinet

Sarah Puyleart                         Forest Lake, MN

Alto Saxophone

*Hattie Muellenbach           Corona, SD

Matthew Mendiola               Dassel, MN

Edmund Peliska                      Bismarck, ND

+Emily Finnegan                     Baraboo, WI

Brissa Campos Aragon         Denver, CO

Carlia Boggs                              Merrifield, MN

Tenor Saxophone

*Damien Hartze                     Bismarck, ND

Molly Pearson                         Ottertail, MN

Baritone Saxophone

Lillian Effertz                            Velva, ND


*Brady Saylor                           Bismarck, ND

*Stephen Talbot                     Carols Stream, IL

John Mendiola                        Dassel, MN

Abigail Welle                            Freeport, MN

Madeline London                   Winneconne, WI

Lucas Mueller                          Bismarck, ND

Katie Emter                              Steele, ND

Michael McLaughlin             Moorhead, MN

Riley Stotesbery                     Graceville, MN

Grace Goven                            Turtle Lake, ND


*Jase Kleser                              Bismarck, ND

Suzanne Duellman                Fountain City, WI

+Mark Stotzer                          Albuquerque, NM

Alison Kirsch                            Rapid City, SD

+Rachael Puyleart                  Forest Lake, MN

Amanda Rocha                        Tigard, OR

+Maggie Krautkramer          Appleton, WI


*Zachary King                          Glendale Heights, IL

Kendall Tibor                           Bismarck, ND

Logan Quinn                            Wilton, ND


Marie Wilson                           Bismarck, ND


Keenan Athman                      Hamilton, MT


*Nicholas Amoranto             Oceanside, CA

*Noah Deabel                         Chicago Heights, IL

Zachary Turner                       Mandan, ND

Haylie Prugh                             Aberdeen, SD

Megan Snyder                         Custer, SD

Joshua Burdullis                      Mountlake Terrace, WA

* = Principal or Co-Principal

+ = Section Leader