Each year the Bowman Rotary helps put on the Pops and Pasta Concert to support Bowman County High School’s music department and this year’s event proved to be one of the biggest.
By Bryce Martin
Over 300 people purchased tickets for the event, which is a spaghetti dinner followed by an evening of music from the school’s music department, led by music teacher Charmaine Martian.
The funds raised by ticket sales then goes to the music department. Martian said the department used funds in the past to provide camp scholarships and purchase music equipment.
Martian developed the concert in 2007 to showcase the various talents of Bowman’s music department. The first concert, called the Pops and Dessert Concert, was held at St. Charles Catholic Church in Bowman and then moved to Bowman Lutheran Church.
The event was then moved in 2010 to the Four Seasons Pavilion as it outgrew the previous locations.
Bowman Rotary joined the music department in 2010 to serve guests a spaghetti meal during the concert. It was then moved to its present location at Bowman County High School’s Solberg Gymnasium.
“The Pasta and Pops Concert was a huge success this year. I am so proud of what this performance has become in our community and all the hard work the students do to make it bigger and better from the years past,” Martian said. “I would like to say a big thank-you to the Rotary Club for all their support and hard work to make this performance possible.”
Julie Lockert, president of the Bowman Rotary, agreed that this year’s performance was great.
“It’s increasing every year,” Lockert said.
One student approached Martian some time ago and said the concert portion should be improved, after which a greater emphasis was placed on lighting and other things to “take it to the next level,” Lockert said.
About 350 guests, including students, this year were served spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad and dessert courtesy of the Rotary. About 39 pounds of beef were browned and packaged for transport to the school by Greg Wolf, a Rotary member.
Justin Abrahamson, owner of Jabbr’s in Bowman, helped cook endless amounts of noodles. Parents and community members donated dozens of baked goods for the Rotary to then slice up and serve as dessert to the night’s guests.
“It’s getting more popular every year,” Lockert said.