The biggest night of the year for band geeks is nearly here.
Friday, May 11th is Bismarck Band Night — and school marching bands from around the state will show off what they’ve got.
And it’ll be a bittersweet moment for Evan Meiers, the director of the Stanley Blue Jays marching band.
“We went from forty kids back when I started,” says Meiers. “Now we’re up to 150 or so.”
“My favorite thing is just hearing all the different sounds that comes from different drums all come up, form into something beautiful,” says Jace Ruud, an 11th grader at Stanley.
“I always hear people, ‘Oh, you guys are so cool! Awesome!'” says Steffen Dauwalder, another junior at Stanley.
For his nine years in Stanley, Meiers has made it his mission to bring fun to the forefront. The kids have been outside marching for the last few weeks — but maybe you saw them in the bleachers this winter.
“It’s really been fun going to tournaments like that — especially state,” says Dauwalder.
Meiers even opened the Stanley drumline up to any member of the Blue Jays band.
“We offer it as a class,” he says. “They come in, leave their trumpet aside and pick up a snare drum, bass drum or a set of quints.”
Now, Meiers is reaching his finale at the head of Stanley’s band. He’ll take the podium at Jim Hill Middle School and a few elementary schools in Minot this fall.
And when the final note was played at this year’s spring concert, it became clear that his time in Stanley struck a chord.
“I’m gonna miss these students,” he says. “These students are the core of what I wanted to do.”
So one last time — Evan Meiers is ready to show off what the Stanley Blue Jays marching band can do.
“We put on a show for Bismarck, saying ‘Hey, we’re this little band from Stanley — but we’re not.’ And we put on a big show.”
You can see the Marching Blue Jays in action at Bismarck Band Night on Friday, May 11th.
It begins at the State Capitol at 6:30 PM. The parade will then go down 6th Street to Avenue A. From there, the route runs west to 4th Street, and north past Boulevard Avenue to the north Capitol grounds parking lot.