The following is a blog post written for the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.
If you’re an avid music lover and have a high interest in history, you’re going to want to take a trip to southern Minnesota, August 1-4, for the Vintage Band Festival as it relives the sights and sounds of past eras in a variety of genres, heritage influences and period-style performances.
Over 100 concerts will take place in the town of Northfield — from parks, to pavilions to pubs — music will resonate in our state. Several surrounding cities have also joined in as festival satellite concert sites creating an exciting music & history tour of the towns.
Over 30 brass and wind bands are invited, ranging from international performers to nationally recognized vintage bands to Midwestern vintage ensembles to Minnesota-based bands. Listen to community bands such as the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band, Lake Wobegon© Brass Band and the official band of the our state, the Minnesota State Band. Other Twin Cities ensembles such as the Brass Messengers, Copper Street Brass Quintet and Jack Brass Band will also take to the stage. Hear the distinct sounds of heritages, as with the music of the Mariachi Mi Terra Band, Ameriikan Poijat, Klezmerica, Matterhorn Alphorns and the Bavarian Musiklmeisters to name a few.
Enjoy the works of famous composers from centuries ago and the mellow sounds of vintage instruments restored from past eras. Sheet music passed down through the generations or discovered in the archives at the New York Library of Congress are played, while others are transcribed into modern notation from distant lands. Each live rendition is a glimpse into the history of our world as music preserves and recalls a sense of time, place, and culture.
According to the Festival’s Artistic Director Dr. Paul Niemisto, “Music is one of the most engaging and emotional ways to relive history. Each of us has many personal experiences with this. A whole festival devoted to memories through music is a fantastic opportunity.”
Between the different genres, artistic renditions, ethnic influences and collections of music over the ages, the repertoire for this festival is one you will not want to miss.
Amy Acheson is a volunteer with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and is also a promoter of the Vintage Band Festival in Northfield where she lives and works as an independent communications consultant.