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From ‘Americana’ to Europe

Saxophone player Nathan Bollig of Brainerd is one of 44 Central Lakes College co1 / 3
Among the musicians in the Central Lakes College jazz band is guitarist Cody Joh2 / 3
A new composition by Jeff Liebsch, former Central Lakes College community band p3 / 3

The Central Lakes College spring instrumental music concert will be at 7:30 p.m. May 10 in the Chalberg Theater and will feature the college’s community band and jazz band.

“Americana on Parade” will feature well-known American band classics and popular song adaptations, as well as marches and a premiere of a new work by Jeff Liebsch, former CLC community band member.

The music performed at the May concert will be the repertoire to be performed during the inaugural CLC community band European Tour this summer in Prague, Vienna and Budapest. The community band, in its 18th year, will perform five concerts in nine days in the three cities from July 18-28. Fifty-five musicians will participate in the tour, including 44 in the band. The musicians range in age from 16-70 and come from across the state.

“Our core includes loyal members from Brainerd and Baxter and the surrounding communities of Pillager, Staples, Crosby, Deerwood and Nisswa,” said Steve Anderson, band director.

The jazz band, fresh off a successful performance at the Minnesota Community College Fine Arts Festival, will offer vintage swing tunes and big band blues featuring several outstanding soloists.

In the jazz band, playing saxophone are Isaac Armstrong, Pine River; Chris Arvidson, New York Mills; Shawn Kobs, Pillager; Mike Bender, Crosby; and Nathan Bollig, Brainerd. On trumpet are Sue Kavanaugh, East Gull Lake; Claudette Kitzman, Lake Shore; Suzy Cavalier, Brainerd; and Dave Borash, Baxter. On trombone are Jerry Swanson and Doug Durant, both of Brainerd; Kate Huppler, Onamia. Also included are Steve Anderson, Merrifield, piano; Cody Johnson, Brainerd, guitar; Sue LaFlex, Brainerd, bass; and Chet Bailey, Brainerd, drums.

Admission to the concert is $5 for adults and free for children and CLC students with identification. All proceeds will go toward the European tour fund.