Band director receives grant to compose piece inspired by southeast Minnesota
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 5:13 AM
Lane Powell, Fillmore Central's director of bands, was recently named as a recipient of an individual artistic grant from the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), based on the recommendation of its Board of Directors.
Powell, a resident of Harmony, received a full $5,000 grant from the McKnight Foundation. In addition to directing the local band, he is also a composer of concert band music.
The grant proposal is unique in that it allows for Powell to compose a piece of concert band music that consists of themes based on southeast Minnesota culture, geography and history. Once composed, this piece will be electronically delivered free of charge to every school district in the SEMAC area. These school band directors will be able to prepare and program this piece of music at their spring concerts without any charge to their districts.
This will be a piece about southeast Minnesota, written by a southeast Minnesota composer, being performed by students who live and learn in southeast Minnesota!
Powell has written several pieces for concert band. These works have been published under the C.L. Barnhoue and Powell Music labels.
He has also received commissions to compose pieces from bands in Illinois and Minnesota and his pieces have been purchased and performed by school bands in all of the lower 48 states.
The music for this grant project will be composed this fall and distributed to area schools in mid-winter.
Powell said he would like to graciously thank the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council and the McKnight Foundation for this opportunity.