your clarinet new if at all feasible. If it's not possible, have a qualified play test the instrument and play condition it before you pay for it and take it home. The danger with used gadgets is they may have stuck keys, pads that do not seal, misaligned rods, or a number of other complications. New clarinets wouldn't have these complications, and in the event that they do, return them to the factory and get a different one. The functionality at ClarinetFest will feature the area most suitable of Jack Knowles’ arrangement of Rossini’s Overture to the Barber of Seville. Mr. Knowles obtained his Bachelor of Music Degree in 1946 and Master of Arts Degree in 1948 from the University of Iowa where he majored in orchestration
and conducting. His professional adventure includes 46 years of public school teaching of bands and orchestras, 36 years as co director of the Rapid City, SD Municipal Band, and 38 years as Conductor/Music Director of the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra. He has done a couple of arrangements for band and orchestra, and The Overture to the Barber of Seville is his third arrangement for clarinet choir. There could be a couple of opportunities to listen to the group perform this summer in Rapid City, SD. Eine kleine Madmusik, a chamber music event featuring smaller ensembles from within the group might be hung on Friday evening, May 16th.