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The West Fargo Sheyenne Sinfonia Orchestra Named 2024 Governor’s Official State Band

West Fargo, ND – (May 1st, 2024) – The North Dakota Office of the Governor announced The West Fargo Sheyenne Sinfonia Orchestra as the 2024 Governors Official State Band. 

The West Fargo Sheyenne Sinfonia Orchestra, a 45-student ensemble, is currently under the direction of Rich Gonzales and Sadie Eddleston. The ensemble is made up of a diverse group of student musicians, athletes, speech and debaters, artists, dancers and thespians. The West Fargo Sheyenne Sinfonia Orchestra was selected via audition to perform at the 2024 North Dakota Music Educators Conference in Bismarck in March 2024. Over the past two years, many student musicians have auditioned and been accepted into the UND Honor Orchestra and North Dakota All State Orchestra. Members of Sinfonia may audition for placement in the extracurricular Chamber Orchestra and Mustang Quartet, both of which perform in the Fargo-Moorhead community regularly. The West Fargo Sheyenne Sinfonia Orchestra is the first orchestra to be selected as the Governor’s Band by Burgum.

The Governor’s Band and Chorus were selected from applications submitted by school and civic groups from across the state based on musical talent, achievement and community involvement. They may be invited to perform at official state functions throughout the year.

Travis Gavin