Weekly History Review from Centennial Concerts

Click on the title below to read the full historical script from that evening’s concert. Dr. Dan Barr was the presenter and Ruth Bures was the writer for each week’s history lesson.

Band History: Week 10, Final Concert

For our final concert, we debuted a commissioned musical piece that reintroduced a theme and variations composed by our founding director George Colburn, arranged for our band by local composer and band member Eric Heukeshoven. Mr. Colburn’s Miracle Concert Introduction Good evening. My name is Eric Heukeshoven and I have a confession to make: The…

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Band History: Week 9

We celebrated our alumni during our concert on August 5th. Week 9, August 5, 2015 Written by Ruth Bures, read by Dan Barr The Winona Municipal Band has weathered many storms, literally and figuratively. One Wednesday Dr. Lindner had been happy that it was a beautiful sunny day and began the rehearsal as usual at…

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Band History: Week 8, Gladys Delano

Long time band member Gladys Delano and her beloved clarinet section were featured at our July 29th concert. Week 8, July 29, 2015 Written by Ruth Bures, Read by Dan Barr This week we will present the history of some clarinet players that covers more than a decade. We’ll start with Gladys Delano, tonight’s concert…

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Band History: Week 7

For our July 22nd concert, we combined a couple of decades to get caught up after our very newsy first half century. Dr. Dan Barr also shared memories from a few of our long-time members. Week 7, July 22, 2015 Written by Ruth Bures, read by Dan Barr It was our intention to explore the…

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Band History: Week 6, The Bandshell

During our July 15th concert, Dr. Dan Barr shared the interesting story of our Lake Park Bandshell. Special thanks go to Shawn Kennedy-Lee for researching and writing the script, which is shared below: Week 6, July 15, 2015 Written by Shawn Kennedy Lee, Read (with introduction by) Dan Barr A ninety-year-old patient came into my…

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Band History: Week 5, The Hal Edstrom Family Story

We were very honored to have Nick and Nancy Edstrom present our history lesson at our July 8th concert. Their older brother Tom was also in attendance and the family generously served Swedish meatballs to the crowd, a favorite of Hal Edstrom. Week 5, July 8, 2015 Written and Read by Nancy Edstrom Bachler and…

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Band History: Week 4

If you missed our July 1st concert or just want to review the history, we visited the years between 1945 and 1955 of the Winona Municipal Band’s history. Here’s what we learned: Week 4, July 1, 2015 (Written by Ruth Bures, read by Dan Barr) Harold Edstrom resigned from teaching at the High school in…

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Band History: Week 3

If you missed our June 24th concert, we revisited the very busy second decade of the Winona Municipal Band’s history. Here’s what we learned: Week 3, June 24, 2015 (Written by Ruth Bures, read by Dan Barr) By 1935, the band needed new uniforms. A proposal for bids appeared in the paper for 55 Coats,…

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Band History: 1925-1935

Our June 17, 2015 concert was moved to Somsen Hall at WSU due to the inclement weather. If you missed it, we visited the second decade of the Winona Municipal Band’s history. Here’s what we learned: Week 2, June 17, 2015 (Written by Ruth Bures, read by Dan Barr) The Winona Municipal Band director for…

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Band History: 1915-1925

Did you miss our June 10, 2015 concert? We visited the earliest years of the Winona Municipal Band and shared some interesting history: Week 1, June 10, 2015 (Written by Ruth Bures, read by Dan Barr) Winona had a long tradition of band music in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s with the Winona City…

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