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USD Symphonic Band to Perform Concert in Honor of Black History Month

The USD Symphonic Band practicing for their Black History Month recognition concert The USD Symphonic Band will perform a concert in honor of Black History Month on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Symphonic Band will perform a concert in recognition of Black History Month on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium, located in Slagle Hall. The concert will be livestreamed at attendance will be limited to follow social distancing protocols.

The concert will feature three works, two by black composers and one honoring Civil Rights heroine Rosa Parks.

The concert will open with “Dancing Fire” by Kevin Day, a young composer currently residing in Georgia.

The second work on the program is “A Movement for Rosa” by Mark Camphouse. The piece tells the story of Parks’ life, the years of racial issues she dealt with culminating with her stand on the bus and how racial injustices continue to plague our society.

The final piece is “Of Our New Day Begun” by Omar Thomas. This work was written to honor the victims and families of the June 17, 2015 terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

“It is our hope that this selection of music will allow our audience the opportunity to reflect on the progress our society has made in regard to racism while also considering how we all can effect positive and permanent change for the future,” said John LaCognata, Ph.D., USD Department of Music assistant professor and director of bands.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News