Centennial Community Band meets in Lino Lakes school

Barry Zumwalde is new conductor


Mary Bailey
Community Editor

Did you love band in school, and do you miss it now that you’re an adult?

The Centennial Community Band offers a local opportunity for wind instrumentalists and percussionists to continue sharing and developing their talents. The band performs marches, symphonic band arrangements, suites, classical works, jazz and musical theatre.

The group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday nights at Centennial High School. Concerts are held in the Centennial High School Performing Arts Center three times a year, in December, March and early June. Rehearsals are held September through May.

Since 2003 the non-profit organization, supported by Community Services of Centennial ISD 12, has given a venue to musicians from Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Lexington, Lino Lakes and other north metro communities.

New this year: Barry Zumwalde, band director at Forest Lake Area High School, is the conductor.

“The community bands in the Twin Cities area are a wonderful part of our culture in Minnesota,” Zumwalde said. He invites new members to come to rehearsal and check it out. All are welcome, and no audition is required.

Zumwalde said this year the band especially needs clarinets, tenor and baritone saxophones, French horns, trombones and percussion.

The first concert of the season, on Dec. 6, will feature “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, “Little Fugue” by J.S. Bach (arranged by Calvin Custer), “O Magnum Mysterium” by Martin Lauridsen (arranged by H. Robert Reynolds), “Variations on a Shaker Melody” by Aaron Copland, “Farandole” by Georges Bizet (arranged by Jay Bocook) and Symphony No. 1, “The Lord of the Rings: V. Hobbits” by Johan de Meij.

If reading this list makes your heart beat faster — and you play a band instrument — you may want to come next Tuesday. The core group of 40 musicians invite prospective members to join a few rehearsals without obligation.

The other concerts this season will be March 7 and June 6.  All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

For more information visit the group’s website at www.centennialcommunityband.org or call Kerri LeJeune 763-785-9007.