Winona Municpal Band celebrates its Centennial this year

Posted by HBC Newsdesk April 29, 2015

For 100 years the Winona Municipal Band has been entertaining the people of Winona. Originally formed in 1855 as the Gate City Band, the Winona Municipal Band has the distinction of being the oldest continually performing city band west of the Mississippi River.

This year the Winona Municipal Band welcomes a new director. Levi Lundak, formally of Winona and a current member of the band, will take over as director from Myron Haug. Lundak is currently an assistant principal at Riverside Elementary School in Rochester.

Lundak’s directorial debut will be the Municipal Band’s Memorial Day appearance on May 25, 2015 at the Winona Memorial Day Ceremony.

During the centennial season, a number of special events are planned. The first is a tribute to the silent film “Antony and Cleopatra.” The film has an interesting Winona connection. The founding director of the Winona Municipal Band, George Colburn, wrote the musical score for the film. The event will be May 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm in Wanek Hall at the Winona County History Center.

Regular weekly band concerts begin on June 10 at 8:00 pm at the Lake Park Band Shell. The concerts will continue through August 12. If you are unable to make it to the band shell, HBC 25 will have live coverage of each concert.

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