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