Historic Minot City Band welcomes new director

MINOT, N.D. – A community orchestra that’s been a part of the Magic City for more than a century is welcoming a new director.

Joe Alme, a trombone player who’s been involved with the Minot City Band since the mid-1960’s, will direct his first outdoor concerts this weekend.

Alme takes over for Jerry Spitzer, who retired as band director at the end of last season, following more than 30 years at the helm.

Alme has taught music and served as band director at high schools in Glenburn and Minot, and later at Minot State University.

He said he has big shoes to fill, but he’s looking forward to the opportunity.

“I’m really excited to stand in front of that many wonderful musicians who can knock down just about any kind of tune you can imagine in one rehearsal and then perform it, you know, in the coming weekend. It’s a privilege and an honor to do that,” said Alme.

Spitzer will remain involved with the band as its librarian.

The Minot City Band will perform two concerts at the old band shell in Oak Park this Sun., June 11, at 4 and 7 p.m.

You can find the band’s full schedule by searching ‘Minot City Band’ on Facebook.