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Standing Rock music ambassadors
26 March 2010

THEN AND NOW: When the Standing Rock High School Warrior Band energized the gym for the United Tribes Thunderbirds basketball games on February 4, they were following the musical footsteps of earlier Standing Rock musicians.

      The Standing Rock Indian Band, above, was photographed at the bandstand of a county fair, probably the Morton County Fairgrounds in Mandan in the 1920s or 30s. Standing Rock Tourism Director LaDonna Brave Bull Allard said that Fort Yates music teacher David Blackhoop, a trained musician, led a band that played for community events. His group even played with the Lawrence Welk Band at a dance hall in Fort Yates. This may or may not be Blackhoop’s group. If you have information about this photo, please contact United Tribes News (opi@uttc.edu).

      The current Standing Rock Warrior Band was revived in the late 1990s by its esteemed director Kim Cournoyer-Warren (standing and playing trumpet); Beth Tepper, high school principal. The visit to UTTC was the first time a high school band performed in the gym for the Thunderbirds. And, as it turned out, the enthusiasm was successful. The Lady Warriors defeated cross-town rival BSC.

Standing Rock Indian Band photo from the Fiske collection (#459), courtesy State Historical Society of North Dakota. Standing Rock Warrior Band photo Dennis J. Neumann for United Tribes News.