La Grande Bande Announces its 2019 – 2020 Concert Season

The Season begins on September 20

GAYLORD, MN, August 13, 2019 - Today La Grande Bande (LGB) announces its debut 2019-2020 season; the first in the organization’s history. Led by LGB’s Music & Artist Director Michael Thomas Asmus, and an exceptional roster of dynamic and energetic artists, the 2019 - 2020 season offers five performances at four venues in central Sibley County.

“After the great success of our Sibley East Educational Project (SEEP) and our “A Baroque Banquet” concert, we knew we had a great thing going,” Music & Artistic Director Michael Thomas Asmus said. “There is so much more music and learning that we can offer the local community and local schools. We really wanted to continue on the same path that we established during our SEEP in May.”

Season Overview

The season will offer a wide variety of Baroque music, ranging from intimate solo performances to large-scale works for 20 musicians. We have two performances in non-traditional venues: the Sibley County Court House Rotunda and the Arlington Haus Restaurant’s “Arlington Haus Too.” Each concert program is designed to provide a little something for everyone, with Baroque music performed on period instruments at each concert’s core.

Throughout its season, LGB will present music by 12 composers, sung in three languages (German, Italian, and Latin), and in 13 different ensemble combinations. Audience members will be able to hear baroque flute, baroque oboes, baroque bassoon, in addition to period strings, harpsichord, and theorbo.

Season Highlights

  • Performances featuring baroque flute, baroque oboes, and baroque bassoon

  • An intimate solo harpsichord recital in the Sibley County Court House rotunda (limited seating)

  • A casual concert which relaxes traditional “performance etiquette” for a get-together in a local restaurant

  • Four masterclass sessions for local high school students

  • Four open rehearsal sessions

  • An outreach concert at Oak Terrace in Gaylord

Educational & Outreach Programming

La Grande Bande will continue to offer its unique blend of open rehearsals and masterclass sessions for the upcoming 2019 – 2020 season. We are delighted to announce the expansion of our masterclass sessions to GFW High School. We will offer Sibley East’s and GFW’s high school students with two masterclass sessions.

Open rehearsals will take place for four of five season concerts. A full listing open rehearsal dates can be found on our website at

We are also happy to announce our first outreach concert at Oak Terrace in Gaylord. This concert will provide residents with the opportunity to hear some of the music from our first concert, La musique de la chambre.

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.