The Medalist Band

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The Medalist Concert Band, a volunteer group composed of 70 Twin Cities–area musicians, was founded in the fall of 1968. The primary purposes for the band were and remain (1) to provide adult musicians with an opportunity to perform; (2) to provide Bloomington and the surrounding area with outstanding musical concerts; and (3) to provide young musicians with a model of music as a lifelong hobby.

Since its founding, the Medalist Concert Band has given over 750 performances, many of them with high school and college bands, at summer concerts-in-the-park, and in church-sponsored programs. In addition, the band has distinguished itself through invitational appearances at such prestigious events as the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Music Educators National Conference, and the Minnesota Music Educators Association.

The Medalist Concert Band is proud to have earned a reputation as "one of foremost community bands in the nation," as described by the National Band Association. The band was the 1996 recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Silver Scroll Award, which is given annually to the top two community bands in the United States.

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Brenna Sherman Wins 2015 Earl C. Benson Concerto Competition

The Medalist Concert Band is pleased to announce flutist Brenna Sherman is the winner of the 2015 Earl C. Benson Concerto Competition. Brenna is a senior at Rochester Lourdes High School. She is the flute section leader of the concert band, saxophone section leader of the Hi-Lighters Jazz Band, and trumpet section leader of the marching band and pep band. She has been in the instrumental jazz band all four years of high school, and the Center Street Singers jazz ensemble for two years. She has received the “Best in Site” award from the Solo Ensemble Contests four times and plans to participate again this year. In her junior year, Brenna participated in the All-State Symphonic Band, and she returned this past February to play in the All-State Orchestra. She has received a Rochester Music Guild Scholarship Award, and this year was selected to play with the Rochester Symphony for their "Playing with the Pros" concerto competition. She plans to continue studying music in college.

Brenna would like to thank her parents and family members; her flute teacher, Laurie Priniski; band teachers Zach Sander, Michael Mangan, Wendy Hanson and Lee Krueger; accompanist Nancy Boecher; and Prof. Jerry Luckhardt and the Medalist Band.

Brenna performed with Medalist Concert Band on Sunday, April 12.

Previous Earl C. Benson Competition Winners

2010 | Carley Olson, clarinet | Watertown HS
2011 | Timothy Morris, euphonium | Hopkins HS
2012 | Hallie Houser, flute | Eastview HS
2013 | Brandon Caplin, percussion | Apple Valley HS
2013 | Kaitlyn Mann, clarinet | Rosemount HS
2014 | Olivia Nichols, alto saxophone | Eastview HS

As noted on the materials, studentsʼ completed applications, including a preliminary audition recorded on DVD, are due on Friday, November 15, 2013. Those students who will be invited to audition live as finalists for the competition will be notified by Monday, December 9, 2013, and auditions will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The winner of the competition will be announced by Monday, January 27, 2014. And as noted earlier, he or she will perform with the Medalist Concert Band on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Please see the attached application materials for additional details.

Upcoming Performances

Wed, Jul 1st @ 7:00pm'
Concert: Town Green, Maple Grove
Fri, Jul 3rd @ 8:00pm'
Concert: Bloomington Summerfete
Wed, Jul 15th @ 7:00pm'
Concert: Becketwood Cooperative
Wed, Jul 22nd @ 7:00pm'
Concert: Centennial Lakes Amphitheater

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