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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Earl C. Benson Concerto Competition

Winner of the 2016 Earl C. Benson Concerto Competition: Anders Peterson

Anders Peterson, the son of Robyn and Glen Peterson of Northfield, Minnesota, is a 16-year-old clarinetist. He is a sophomore at Northfield High School, where he is the principal clarinetist of the Concert Band and the Symphony Orchestra under directors Mary Williams and Paul Ousley, respectively. Anders is also a third-year member of the Minnesota Youth Symphony; he currently plays in the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Manny Laureano.

Since fifth grade, Anders has studied with Dr. Jun Qian, formerly of St. Olaf College in Northfield and now Associate Professor of Clarinet at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He also collaborates with Lori Folland, staff pianist at St. Olaf College. Anders has performed as a soloist and a featured performer at Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield and with the Northfield High School Bella Voce Choir, the Northfield Middle School Choir and Band, and the Baylor University Clarinet Choir. He has also performed at diverse venues such as Jones Hall at Baylor University, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, Texas.

Anders’s success in winning the Earl C. Benson Concerto Competition in January 2016 has been followed by receiving several competitive musical awards. He won the top prize at the prestigious fifty-ninth annual Young People’s Symphony Concert Association Young Artists competition and will perform next winter in several Young People’s Series Concerts with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Roderick Cox. Anders also won the top award in the Young Artist Competition of the Dakota Valley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Stephen J. Ramsey; he will solo with the orchestra in two concerts in the spring of 2016. Anders is also in the Featured Artist round in the Minnesota Public Radio-sponsored 2016 Minnesota Varsity Competition. In addition, Anders has been invited by Manny Laureano to perform with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra based on his performance in the recently held Minnesota Youth Symphony solo competition.

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.

2015-2016 Schneider Theater Concert Series

Join us for our 2015-2016 Schneider Theater Concert Series. TICKETS may be purchased online, by phone (952-563-8575), or at the door. $14 Adults, $12 Seniors & Students (under 25)

May 15, 2016 | 4:00 pm
Hands Across the Sea
John Philip Sousa's "Hands Across the Sea" march provides the theme for this concert, which includes selections from around the globe. Also featured is the winner of this year's Earl C. Benson Concerto Competition, Anders Peterson.

Schneider Theater | 1800 West Old Shakopee Road | Bloomington MN 55431


Upcoming Performances

Sun, May 15th @ 4:00pm'
Series Concert: Hands Across the Sea
Wed, Jun 8th @ 7:00pm'
Concert: Como Park Pavilion
Wed, Jun 22nd @ 7:00pm'
Concert: Becketwood Cooperative

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