The Northern State University trumpet and rhythm group Dominant 7 is having a reunion and a concert on Saturday.
The concert will be in the Ward Hotel ballroom, with the music beginning at 9 p.m. The doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is aimed at merely paying the mileage for the out-of-town alumni. It will be $3 at the door.
The concert will feature returning Dominant 7 alumni, including Doug Woolverton, who will be flying in from Newport, R.I. Woolverton is nearing the release date of his first solo CD, “Say Yes,” which defines and explores his “groove chill” genre of jazz.
Other alumni include trumpeter Reid Johnson, who directs the Groton High School bands; trumpeter Brooks Bowman, who directs the Kimball High School bands; bassist James Reed, who directs the White Lake High School bands, trumpeter Jared Opp, who directs the Gregory High School bands, and Ben Chambers, who directs the bands at Patrick Henry Middle School in Sioux Falls.
Other possible returning alumni are Craig Kollash and Sonja Kaiser of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Danielle Cirelli and Brian Harding of Morehead, Ky.
Grant Manhart is Dominant 7’s director and arranger.
Another bonus of the day is an elementary/high school/college trumpet clinic at 1 p.m. in the NSU Bandroom in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. That clinic is meant to take advantage of the out-of-town trumpeters and to honor Manhart’s trumpet teacher at Indiana University, professor emeritus William Adam, who turns 96 later that week.
“For the past four years, I have visited Bloomington for a reunion of all Mr. Adam’s students in the second week of October to honor this master teacher,” Manhart said in a news release. “This year, my schedule with the South Dakota All -State Orchestra will not permit my traveling to Bloomington, so I am going to throw a trumpet/music party in his honor right here in Aberdeen. If the enthusiasm is high, we can probably do this every year.”
Current Dominant 7 personnel include six trumpeters — Callie Marlette of Gettysburg, Paige Tooker of Warner, Calvin Cramer of Buffalo, Amanda Wentz of Bismarck, N.D., and Chris Massa and Tyler Goodgion, of Rapid City.
The trombonists are Delayna LaBelle of Spearfish and Tyler Schwan of Minot, N.D. The bassist is Erin Wolter of Frederick. Cameron Abreu of Rapid City, handles the drumset.