La Grande Bande launches GoFundMe Campaign

Celebrate Independence Day by Supporting Great Music

GAYLORD, MN, July 4, 2019 - This Independence Day, La Grande Bande is launching its GoFundMe Campaign. The Campaign funds will be used to support its upcoming 2019-2020 Concert Season.

You can visit the campaign and donate by clicking the button below.

We would like to thank you all in advance for your generosity.

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La Grande Bande Receives Grant from the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation

GAYLORD, MN, June 22, 2019 - La Grande Bande is very happy to announce that it received a $5,000 grant from the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation. The grant funds will be used for La Grande Bande’s upcoming 2019-2020 Season. The 2019-2020 Concert Season, the first in the organization’s history, will officially be announced on August 1, 2019.

La Grande Bande’s 2019-2020 season includes 5 concerts, three masterclass sessions, one outreach concert, and four open rehearsals. The concert will take place in unusual performance venues like the Sibley County Courthouse Rotunda and a local restaurant.

The masterclass sessions will take place in local high schools and the outreach concert will be given in a local assisted living facility. Click below to read more about the program offerings.

While we are excited to receive this grant from the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation, the monies received will account for less than 30% of the operation budget for the season. The majority of season funding will come from local individuals, businesses, community organizations, and other Grants organizations.

Can you help us fund our season? Every amount, no matter how big or small, has a huge impact. Please consider contributing today.

For its Sibley East Education Project, La Grande Bande receives PLRAC Grant

Still in need of local contributors

GAYLORD, MN, April 2, 2019 – At its meeting on March 28, the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council agreed to provide La Grande Bande with a $4,000 Arts and Cultural Heritage grant. The funds will provide about 44 percent of the income necessary for LGB’s Sibley East Education Project.

Even with this amount of funding, La Grande Bande is seeking additional individual and business contributors to support our project. “Creating great music is an expensive proposition,” said Music & Artistic Director Michael Thomas Asmus. “We believe in this project because of the great benefit it will provide to Sibley East’s students and the local community. So does the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council.”

Local businesses like Lundstrom Insurance, Locher Brothers, The Prairie House, ProGrowth Bank, The Arlington Haus, Y-Not Plumbing & Heating, and Uecker Insurance, have already contributed approximately $800. Local individuals have contributed over $1,200. “We’ve received contributions from several local businesses, but we still need about $1,000 more to break even on the project,” Asmus confirmed.

The local communities will also benefit from this unique project. Community members can attend an open rehearsal on May 10 beginning at 3:45 pm. “There is so much classical music used in television ads now,” Asmus commented. “It’s almost guaranteed that everyone has heard at least one piece of Baroque music in a commercial, like Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Messiah,” Asmus remarked. “Even some Netflix previews have Baroque music as backing tracks.”

 “A Baroque Banquet,” the project’s finale concert, takes place on May 10 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available for purchase at www.lagrandebande.org/tickets. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Local Baroque orchestra, school district partnering to give a rare educational opportunity to students, community

The three-day project, beginning May 8, 2019, will be led by district’s own 2009 graduate.

GAYLORD, MN, February 19, 2019 – La Grande Bande (LGB) officially announces that it is partnering with the Sibley East Middle/High School music department to present a series of educational programming for Sibley East Students and the local community. The project will focus on music written during the Baroque period (1600–1750) and will culminate with a finale concert, “A Baroque Banquet,” on May 10 at 7:30 PM.

“When we designed this project, we wanted to offer the students, and the community, with numerous opportunities to learn about Baroque music,” says Music & Artistic Director Michael Asmus. “Even though a lot of the music we’re talking about was first composed and performed over 300 years ago, it still has so much resonance today. Baroque music can be hilarious, heart-wrenchingly beautiful, and amazingly evocative all at the same time. We want to share this music—and our passion for it—with the students and our community”

LGB’s project provides Sibley East students with the unique opportunity to learn directly from its artists through masterclasses, one-on-one lessons, open rehearsals, and a performance/lecture demonstration—all of which are rarely available to students. In the masterclass sessions, pre-selected students will perform in front the LGB New York Artists and their peers. The LGB NY Artist will work closely with each student to offer advice and assistance to improve the student’s performance. Students can also have a one-on-one music lesson with LGB’s NY Artists.

The project’s performance/lecture demonstration will introduce students to Baroque music. During the informal 35- to 40-minute session, LGB’s NY Artists will demonstrate Baroque instruments, like the theorbo, harpsichord, and viola da gamba. The artists will also perform musical selections from the finale concert, and they will discuss important musical figures and places within seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe.

The project’s open rehearsals will afford students, and the greater community, the opportunity to see how professional musicians prepare for a concert. On May 9 and 10, Sibley East students will be able to observe LGB’s rehearsals as their class schedules allow. The public is invited to attend LGB’s open rehearsal in the afternoon on May 10. Rehearsal observations provide a wonderful opportunity for the students and community to see and interact with the LGB Artists as we rehearse.

As a culmination of our time at Sibley East, La Grande Bande will present a full-length concert on Friday, May 10 beginning at 7:30 PM. The Finale Concert, “A Baroque Banquet,” will include a varied selection of secular and sacred pieces—ranging from intimate vocal music to dramatic arias and orchestral works. The concert will run approximately two hours, including a 15-minute intermission.

To further the educational benefits of the project, we will provide a program booklet, in printed and electronic forms, for our finale concert. The booklets will include informative program notes and translations of all sung texts. Our program notes are concise and written to provide the most interesting and important information about the concert’s selections.


“A Baroque Banquet”
Friday, May 10, 7:30 PM
Sibley East Auditorium
208 West Douglas Street
Arlington, MN 55334
Tickets ($5, $7, $10) are required for the Finale concert.