Congrats to Susan German, Oakes, N.D., High School Band!

A small-town band from the heart of North Dakota makes a world of difference. That’s one of the reason’s Gov. Jack Dalrymple selected the group from Oakes, N.D., High School as his 2011 State Governor’s Band.

Students in Oakes’ band not only play proficiently, Dalrymple said, but they also perform annual community concerts and stage fundraising shows for breast cancer awareness and Haiti earthquake relief.

The 14- through 18-year-olds, under the direction of instructor, Susan German, performed for the governor, his wife and the entire school Friday.

Members of the Oakes, N.D., High School band perform for the governor, local dignitaries, community members and fellow students Friday. Gov. Jack Dalrymple selected Oakes as his 2011-2012 Governor

To greet the governor and his travel mates, Oakes residents created signs like this one which reads "From

First Lady Betsy Dalrymple takes in the myriad of welcome signs designed by students of Oakes, N.D. Public Schools. Gov. Jack Dalrymple like one of the signs so much, he removed it from the wall and asked to take it home.

Oakes mayor, and foreman of Dakota Valley, Monty Zimmer speaks to the crowd.

For her hard work, the governor and Oakes community recognized Susan German, the director of the Oakes, N.D., High School Band. German graduated from Valley City State University in 1973. Since then, she taught at schools in Lisbon, Fullerton and Dickey before taking her current Oakes post in 1997.

3 thoughts on “Congrats to Susan German, Oakes, N.D., High School Band!

  1. I am the chairman of the River City Band Festival in Chamberlain, SD. We’d love to have your marching band attend our festival next fall, on October 13th. I’m sending you an application today. It would be great if you could represent North Dakota at our festival. Call me if you have questions- 605-234-5474 or 605-730-2208 (cell).

  2. Cogratulations to you and the Oakes HS band…a job will done.

    Back in l950 I was the band director in Oakes HS…the problem was that there was really no band. The girls drum and bugle corps took all the girls away from the band. I am happy to see that the OHS is now taking the bank program seriously….congratulations and continued good results with your band.

    I would like to hear from you. Lloyd A. Nelson @msn.com.

  3. Congratulations on your good work…I was a teacher at OHS in l950-54 and the music director. At that time the Supt. had the Girl Drum and Bugle corps and this took the place of the real band. Some of the parents helped out when we played at ball games. I am happy to see that the school now has a “real” bank…good work and congratulations again. Lloyd A. Nelson.

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