Herald Journal Herald and Journal, March 11, 2002

Mid-Minnesota Concert Band reaches 25th year

By Lynda Jensen

A quarter century ago, several everyday citizens from a dozen local communities decided to form an adult concert band.

Today, this band ­ the Mid-Minnesota Concert Band ­ is playing better than ever.

"We are one of the oldest continuous bands in the state," said Kendell Kubasch, a charter member.

The band travels around the area, playing for young and old alike, at get-togethers such as the Minneapolis Aquatennial, Arts in the Park at Lester Prairie, Cokato's Corn Carnival, and the Winsted Winter Festival, among many others, Kubasch said.

It is composed of 30 players from a large area, spanning from Glencoe, to Lester Prairie, to Buffalo.

Players usually bring their own instruments, giving their time to practice and play, Kubasch said.

Instruments include the flute, saxophone, clarinet, tuba, and trumpet, among others.

Charles Roux conducts the band. Roux also is the conductor for the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school band.

As a concert band, it does not contain a string section, although upright bass player George Morris of Waverly is currently playing in the band, Kubasch said.

The band's musical tastes includes jazz, ragtime, and more traditional music such as marches by Sousa, and music by Glenn Miller, Kubasch said.

The band charges for its performances and donates this money toward musical causes, Kubasch said.

For example, the band donated several thousand dollars' worth of sheet music toward the HLWW school library two years ago, he said.

Sheet music is actually quite expensive, costing as much as $400 to $450 for popular pieces such as the Little Mermaid, he said.

It also donated $1,000 toward construction of the band stand at Buffalo in Sturges Park.

The band practice at the HLWW band room, with the help of HLWW Community Education Department.

There are no fees or membership dues to join the Mid-Minnesota Concert Band.

Arrangements can be made for those who don't have instruments, he added.

Anyone interested in joining may call Kubasch at (320) 543-2678 or Marshall Carlsted at (320) 543-2633.

Free concerts

The concert band's anniversary will be celebrated with two free talent shows at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school auditorium at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and at 7 p.m. Sunday March 17.

"We've got some unbelievable talent," Kubasch.

Performances scheduled include the Barbra Lee's School of Dance, Annandale, of which 35 girls and boys perform a high energy, 28-minute, non-stop production, Kubasch said. "It's pretty amazing. "

There will be games, drawings and prizes.

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