Brass band announces
summer concert schedule
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:43 AM
Tune in and march during some "Happy Days" in the park...
Definitely not a "Mission Impossible," particularly when there's "Sesame Street" to hear.
"This year, we're excited to bring TV theme songs to the summer concert series," said Chatfield Brass Band (CBB) director Carmen Narveson, listing the themes to "Happy Days," "Mission Impossible," "Sesame Street," "Hogan's Heroes" and "Dallas" as some of the pieces the band will perform at its kickoff concert this Thursday, June 12, with Joan Verdegan serving as master of ceremonies.
Next, it's a birthday party on Thursday, June 19, as the Chatfield Brass Band celebrates its 45th anniversary, with Roy Cerling as master of ceremonies. The concert will be sponsored by F&M Community Bank, and F&M staff members will help audience members chill out with free ice cream treats.
The anniversary concert will feature a special saxophone solo by CBB member Steve Strange, who will perform the piece "Persuasion," by Sammy Nestico. Incidentally, Strange is a former student of CBB members Curt Peterson and Vern Anderson. He admitted that he originally wanted to play trumpet, but his mother and Peterson decided together that he'd be a good saxophonist.
"This was fine with me, until I realized the tenor saxophone weighed about as much as I did," he said, adding that in high school, he played with southeastern Minnesota dance bands, continuing through college to help pay for his education.
Strange has since played with the Green Valley (Arizona) Concert Band, the Arizona Gold Rush sax quartet, the Rochester Big Band, CBB, a jam session called "Yong and the Restless," led by a Korean American named Yong, the IBM 37th Street Gold, as a substitute for the CBB Jazz Combo, and as a one-time addition to the Kilfenora Ceili Band, playing recorder and being one of 270 world record breakers in an attempt to be the largest Irish dance band ever.
Strange enjoys being a part of CBB, as he cited he gets to play in the same band as his former band directors and under the direction of Narveson.
He added, "The concert will be a 45th anniversary celebration for the CBB. I'm hoping, first of all, that we'll have great weather. But no matter what the weather, that they find the selection of music to be enjoyable. Finally, I think the CBB is sounding very good this year and I hope those who come will agree."
It's big band fun with an embryonic name on Thursday, June 26, as The Notochords Big Band, comprised of medical men who named their ensemble after the spinal cord of human embryos, strikes up a note and a chord.
The next concert is only three days later, as CBB is holding its special Patriotic Family Night in the Park on Sunday, June 29, courtesy of Norma Aarsvold, in memory of former CBB tuba player Bob Aarsvold. Dan Hollermann is master of ceremonies, a children's magician will entertain the little ones, and there'll be free root beer floats served by the Chatfield American Legion. Narveson summed up the festivities, saying, "It's going to be a fun night for the whole family."
Get your green on with Ravensfire Irish Band on Thursday, July 3, as guitarist Larry Schmidt and his wife, mandolinist Melissa Schmidt, whistle-player Mike Watson, fiddler Kara White and bodhran player Marshall Goetz perform tunes from Ireland. Chatfield's St. Matthew's Episcopal Church will be serving concessions that evening, just in time to whet one's whistle.
On Thursday, July 10, the Chatfield Lutheran Church will sponsor the Chatfield Brass Band's concert to welcome the church's intern, Nissa Peterson. Help Our Neighbors (HON) will serve ice cream treats.
On Thursday, July 17, at 7 p.m., CBB moves up the hill to the Chosen Valley Care Center to help the residents host a concert and ice cream social as a fundraiser for the residents' wish list, and just as a means of connecting the residents with their community.
The Rochester Community Band will take the band shell on Thursday, July 24, under the direction of Mike Mangan. St. Paul Lutheran School's got frosty root beer floats on tap, and R4 Meats will be in charge of serving concessions.
The final concert series presentation will feature the Swing Street Big Band on Thursday, July 31, bringing the swing of things to a neat big band close.
Narveson promised "food and refreshments at every concert," as Old Tyme Café will be selling food at every concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m., except at the July 3 and 24 concerts, and for audience members who just have the munchies, the Root River Rabbits 4-H Club will reprise the pop and popcorn sales.
Narveson pointed out that while she can promise good music and food, she can't guarantee good weather, so concerts are canceled in case of rain.
The Chatfield Brass Band summer concert series, with all concerts beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Chatfield's city park, unless otherwise noted, is made possible through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, with funding from the Minnesota Legislature.
For more information, log onto the Chatfield city website at www.ci.chatfield.mn.us and click on the CBB poster under community calendar event listings.