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Restoring music, one song at a time

This article was written about the Vintage Band Festival that took place July 28-31, 2016 in Northfield, Minnesota and surrounding communities. Read about the 1st Brigade Band who will perform in Cannon Falls and the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets who will perform in Red Wing. A full schedule of events can be found at vintagebandfestival.orgRead the article here.


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Photo: Kentucky Baroque Trumpets

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota – brochure design

Acheson Creative recently designed a capabilities brochure for the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Their organization works to preserve our state’s historic resources. To learn more about their important mission, go to http://www.mnpreservation.org/.

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Several articles have been written by Amy Acheson for the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. They can be found at http://achesoncreative.com/category/writing/ or through the links below:

Recalling history through its sights and sounds

Building a city from within

Thinking beyond the boundaries – creating heritage networks

Rabideau CCC Camp – Yesterday and Today

Big Woods – Yesterday and Today

Greetings from Northfield





Recalling History through its Sights and Sounds

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.

Vintage Band Festival Delivers a Blast From the Past

Screen shot 2013-04-06 at 8.47.41 AMTravel through time — compliments of the Vintage Band Festival — as it takes you on a whirlwind musical extravaganza August 1-4 in southern Minnesota.

This notable event will be the highlight of the summer – welcoming 30 US and international bands as they perform an astonishing 100 concerts over four days! The festival is located in the historic river town of Northfield, just south of the Twin Cities, known for its Defeat of Jesse James Days, esteemed private colleges of St. Olaf and Carleton and Ames Mill, home to Malt-O-Meal® cereal.

History is in the making as this exciting musical event offers a wide range of genres, heritage influences, and period-inspired performances — with a whole host of event attractions and entertainment, sure to please any modern day history buff.

The resounding pulse of the festival is through its musicians and their expression toward the remembrance of historic accounts, cultural authenticity, and the movement music has made over the years.

Vintage Band Festival, Matterhorn Alphorn Trio – Photo by David Perez Photography

What constitutes vintage you might ask? It’s music from around the world dating back from approximately the mid 1700s up until the mid 1900s for this festival. Many of the reenactment bands use actual antique instruments and dress in period clothes. (Some take great care to be authentic down to their buttons and shoelaces for the shows.) The songs come from old sheet music or handwritten part books. Unique, old instruments have been restored, tuned and scored — to create an outstanding repertoire of unforgettable music that has made its mark in history.

AlphornExperience the sounds of Baroque, Balkan, Klezmer, Mariachi, Jazz, Civil War, German, New Orleans, Austrian, and Swedish tunes — all in one weekend, as a variety of ensembles participate in the Vintage Band Festival, including international bands, nationally recognized vintage bands, Midwestern vintage ensembles and a number of Minnesota-based brass bands and community bands.

The Festival concerts run back-to-back as the four-day weekend is jammed packed with the finest of brass and wind music. Concerts are held at various indoor and outdoor venues throughout Northfield. Vintage Band Festival satellite concerts are also available in nearby communities, as optional daytrips, to experience the richness of this cultural area.

Beyond the scheduled concerts, cameo appearances take place as strolling musicians tool through shops, the riverfront market, and along Northfield’s downtown main street to add to the flavor of this nostalgic scene. You might hear the sounds of an ophecleide trio, sackbut duo, helicon quartet, or clarino trio to name a few.

Surrounding the festival are numerous auxiliary events: a historic horn exhibit, Battle of the Bands, vintage “base ball”, ballroom-style dance, vaudeville entertainment, Lunch Listen & Learn concerts, massed concert, Sunday music in area churches, and the annual gathering of the Historic Brass Society.

For a full list of the festival’s bands, performance concert schedule, events and attractions and suggested itineraries, visit vintagebandfestival.org.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Advertorial written for Leisure Group Travel by Amy Acheson. To view the article online, go to http://leisuregrouptravel.com/vintage-band-festival-delivers-a-blast-from-the-past/.