Nov. 8: Band Concert to Recognize Veterans Day

Event Details

Date: November 7, 2013

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center

Ticket Info: Tickets are $15 for adults | $10 for seniors | free for students K-12 and those with an Augustana ID. Tickets are available at

The Augustana Band and the Augustana College & Community Band will present their fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center.

In recognition of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, the bands will perform several patriotic numbers, including “The Gallant Men” by John Cacavas; John Williams’ “The Patriot;” David Gorham’s “Halls of Honor;” and two additional patriotic selections written by Dr. Earl Sherburne.

The Augustana Band will also feature senior music major Andrew Paulson (Jackson, Minn.) with a solo, “The Golden Age of the Xylophone,” written by Floyd Werle. The Band last performed this piece while on their tour to Japan in 1999.

The Augustana Band includes 65 Augustana students, directed by Dr. Paul Schilf. This fall, the band is preparing for its January 2015 three-week tour of China and will be performing concerts in the Twin Cities area during January 2014. 

Conducting the Augustana College and Community Band is Dr. Earl Sherburne ‘67. The band is comprised of 80 college and community members ages from 18 to 88.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for students K-12 and those with an Augustana ID. Tickets are available at

About the conductors

Dr. Paul R. Schilf is in his 13th year at Augustana College. In his earlier years with the College, he  conducted the College & Community Concert Band, The Northlander's Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Lab Band, and the Augustana Brass Choir. Additionally, he teaches classes in brass pedagogy, music education and supervises the instrumental student teachers. Prior to his appointment at Augustana College, Schilf was a faculty member at Concordia University (St. Paul, Minn.). He holds a bachelor of music education degree from Concordia University (Chicago, Ill.), an M.A. with an emphasis in conducting and a doctor of philosophy degree in music education, both from the University of Iowa. Schilf has taught all levels of instrumental music.

Schilf’s research interests lie in intergenerational instrumental music education and in the supervision of instrumental music student teachers. He has presented clinics and presentations across the United States on these topics, including the prestigious International Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic. Dr. Schilf has led six international tours with intergenerational ensembles and has conducted these ensembles across Europe and Asia. His intergenerational research, student teaching supervision information, and music education articles have appeared in prominent national magazines and journals.

In November 1992, Schilf was recognized as an outstanding nationally certified teacher of music by the Music Educators National Conference, an honor he maintains yet today. He is currently executive director of the South Dakota Music Education Association and serves as one of only four all-state band adjudicators in South Dakota. His professional memberships include the National Association of Music Education, South Dakota Bandmasters Association, and The Wisconsin School Music Association.

Dr. Earl L. Sherburne received his bachelor’s degree with a double major in music and drama at Augustana in 1967. He earned his masters in music education at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo., and his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He has taught in several Midwest public schools, colleges, and universities. 

Sherburne has served as a music consultant for the Illinois State Board of Education and as an Intern in arts management with the Grant Park Orchestra Association in Chicago. He  regularly performs with the Sioux Empire Brass Society of Sioux Falls and has performed on trombone and euphonium, and percussion in concert bands, jazz bands, orchestras, and brass ensembles. 

Sherburne is a published composer who has written works for band, chorus, jazz band, orchestra, musical theater, and small wind ensembles and has received several commissions for his work. The South Dakota Symphony performed three of his works and in the spring of 2007, the South Dakota National Guard Band commissioned him to write a work for their ensemble. He continues to compose for area bands, choirs, and orchestras. Recently, the South Dakota Music Educators Association commissioned him to write three different sets of audition etudes for the Middle School All-State Band Auditions.

He has collaborated with a librettist on three musicals (one of which is published) and has written both libretto and music for one. That musical RIBBIT won the 2011 UMC children’s musical competition.