BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that the Minot Jim Hill Middle School Band and the Leeds Banner Girls Chorus have been selected as the 2019 Governor’s Official State Band and Chorus Programs.
“Congratulations to Jim Hill Middle School and the Leeds Banner Girls for being named this year’s Governor’s Official Band and Chorus Programs and for their outstanding representation of their schools, communities and state,” Burgum said. “Music and the arts are important elements of our schools and communities, and these two accomplished groups embody the tremendous musical talent within our state.”
Jim Hill Middle School Band, under the direction of Leslie Barney, is comprised of 90 students in grades 7 and 8. Jim Hill offers five ensembles, which range from sixth grade band to jazz band. The members perform in the Minot State University homecoming parade, Williston Band Day festivities and the Chuck Full of Music festival, a fundraiser organized by the Minot Music Boosters. In addition, the band members also spend hours preparing for the Northwest International Festival of Music, Minot All-City Honor Band and the North Dakota All-State Band.
Leeds Banner Girls, under the direction of MiChelle Nybo, is comprised of 11 students from grades 7-12. The ensemble was formed in 1994 as a girl’s ensemble to perform the national anthem at local school sporting events and other functions. Over time the ensemble has received recognition nationally and has been the featured performer in Washington, D.C., for the white-tie gala honoring George Washington’s birthday at George Washington Masonic National Memorial as well as the wreath laying ceremony at Washington’s Tomb at Mount Vernon. In addition, they have had the opportunity to perform at the U.S. Veterans Administration Conference and Mount Rushmore.
The Governor’s Band and Chorus were selected from applications submitted by school and civic groups from across the state based on musical talent, achievement and community involvement. They may be invited to perform at official state functions throughout the year.