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FM Kicks Band Performs Spring Concert Friday

For FM Kicks Band member Tim Johnson, playing jazz music is always an exciting challenge.

With trombone, which he’s played since elementary school, the excitement comes from creating in the moment.

“During an improvised solo (on trombone), one can experience several emotions including the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. It’s exciting, I enjoy it,” Johnson says. “(With) bass, I love being in on every beat, working with the drummer to set the groove.”

Johnson is the music director for the FM Kicks Band, a group of 17 musicians gearing up for their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Liberty Middle School Theatre.

The FM Kicks Band was formed in 1975 by Dr. Edward Christianson, with help from Dewey Possehl and Dr. James Condell, as a way to give the best musicians in town opportunities to read first-rate big band literature, to improvise jazz and to enjoy music socializing, the FM Kicks Band website says. Johnson and his wife, Amy (Ed’s daughter), took over the band in 2011 to continue Dr. Christianson’s legacy after his passing.

Johnson says concert goers can expect to leave the spring concert (or any FM Kicks Band concert, for that matter) “feeling good.”

“We’ll give you the thrill of live performance — something that cannot be duplicated, only experienced. We have an exciting program prepared with the thrills of a high powered Buddy Rich chart to the sensitivity and solitude of Duke Ellington’s ‘Come Sunday.'”

The program also features music by Ella Fitzgerald, Scott Arcangel, Count Basie and more.

Tickets to the FM Kicks Band spring concert are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door. Liberty Middle School is located at 801 36th Avenue East (Veterans Boulevard and 36th Avenue South) in West Fargo. For more information on the FM Kicks Band, visit fmkicksband.com.

All photos are courtesy of the FM Kicks Band.

Photo courtesy of FM Kicks Band.



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