Lake Wobegon® Brass Band returns to Vintage Band Festival

Lake Wobegon® Brass Band is headed to Northfield once again to entertain the masses in the Vintage Band Festival.

Lake Wobegon® Brass Band has been invited back to perform in Northfield’s Vintage Band Festival. The band, under the direction of Mike Halstenson, will play two concerts Aug. 3. File photo submitted

Lake Wobegon® Brass Band has been invited back to perform in Northfield’s Vintage Band Festival. The band, under the direction of Mike Halstenson, will play two concerts Aug. 3. File photo submitted

The four-day festival slated for Aug. 1-4 features a wide variety of brass bands nationwide and from as far away as Germany, Austria and Sweden.

The Anoka-based Lake Wobegon Brass Band will perform two 50-minute concerts, the first on Aug. 3, 11 a.m., at Bridge Square and a second concert at 3:30 p.m. in Way Park.

“It is a great honor to be invited to the Vintage Band Festival and also a great pleasure to travel to Northfield for the event,” said director Michael Halstenson in an email. “The weekend is filled with such a variety of music performances ranging from bands performing music from the Civil War period to modern ensembles such as the Lake Wobegon Brass Band.

“We perform a lighter concert with a variety of pieces ranging from a bit of serious brass band literature to marches to a great arrangement of Penny Lane. The small town atmosphere provides a great setting for concerts throughout the weekend,” Halstenson said.

The brass band, with the blessings of storyteller and radio personality Garrison Keillor, is named after his well-known fictional town, Lake Wobegon, that he alludes to in his weekly NPR “A Prairie Home Companion” show.

Among its many notable performances, the Lake Wobegon® Brass Band played for Keillor’s 35th anniversary of his radio show.

Chris Ravndal is the brass band’s executive manager and principal solo cornet player.

“We had a blast being a part of the Vintage Band Festival in 2006 and 2010 and look forward to a chance to be a part of the festivities again in Northfield this summer,” Ravndal said in a statement.

Lake Wobegon® Brass Band was formed in 1992.

For more information, visit www.vintagebandfestival.org.

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

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