Lake Wobegon band returns to Vintage Band Festival

Lake Wobegon® Brass Band has been selected to participate in the annual upcoming summer Vintage Band Festival.

This marks the third time the band will perform at the Northfield event.

Lake Wobegon® Brass Band, under the direction of Michael Halstenson, will make its third appearance in the annual Vintage Band Festival this summer at Northfield. Photo submitted

Lake Wobegon® Brass Band, under the direction of Michael Halstenson, will make its third appearance in the annual Vintage Band Festival this summer at Northfield. Photo submitted

The Anoka-based band performed at the festival in 2006 and again in 2010.

“It’s such a great opportunity to play at the festival because it really is devoted to band and mostly brass playing,” said Michael Halstenson, LWBB director.

“People come from all over to hear the particular sounds of brass ensembles, so there is always a great appreciation of what we do.”

As part of the band festival slated for Aug. 1-4, more than 100 concerts, featuring bands from the U.S. and abroad, fill the streets of historic Northfield and perform at satellite sites throughout southern Minnesota.

Among Lake Wobegon® Brass Band’s many notable performances, the group has played in Garrison Keillor’s 35th anniversary for “A Prairie Home Companion” and at a number of music educators’ conferences.

For the upcoming Vintage concert, LWBB will play two one hour-long concerts.

On the roster will be music ranging from marches to easy listening to songs inviting toe-tapping rhythms.

“The best part is the great atmosphere that the whole town generates for the many performances of the weekend,” Halstenson said.

Halstenson describes the festival scene. Busy streets, restaurants and bars filled to capacity, people sitting in folding chairs and listening to bands performing in the town square.

A battle of the bands between two old time Civil War bands takes place on each side of the river as they play tunes back and forth, he said.

Started in 1992, LWBB comprises educators, professional musicians and some who have vocations outside the musical world.

The Vintage Band Festival offers a variety of genres, ethnic influences and period-style performances. For more information, visit http://vintagebandfestival.org.

For more information on the Lake Wobegon® Brass Band, visit www.lwbb.org.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

 
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