Members of the Coon Rapids High School Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band recently visited Chicago, Ill., where students attended a clinic at Northwestern University presented by Daniel J. Farris.
Farris is the director of athletic bands at Northwestern, where he is responsible for conducting the “Wildcat” Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band and Basketball Band.
He also teaches conducting, marching band techniques and secondary music education methods.
Farris was recently appointed director of Northwestern University’s National Summer High School Music Institute.
Prior to moving to Northwestern, Farris served as assistant director of bands/marching band director at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Bands under his direction have performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Bands of America Regional and National Championships, St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland, and the Alamo Bowl.
Farris also served as director/consultant to the Walt Disney World Collegiate All-Star Band in Orlando, Fla., and taught in public schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
While in Chicago, the Coon Rapids students also performed for music students at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville.
Accompanied by their director, Brian Duffy, students visited the Navy Pier, Skydeck of the Willis Tower, Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park.
Coon Rapids bands recently performed at the spring band concert at Coon Rapids High School and will perform at their annual Pop and Pie Concert Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.