The Medalist Concert Band, a volunteer, 70 member concert band, was founded in 1968. For nearly 50 years, whether it be at a Midwest High School or Junior High School program, at a summer park concert, at an internationally acclaimed music convention or church-sponsored benefit, the members of the Medalist Concert Band have musically responded with the finest in wind band music. They have distinguished themselves on concert stages and through recordings throughout this country and abroad.
At such prestigious music conclaves at the Music Educators National Conference Conventions (in Atlanta and Minneapolis), National Band Association Conventions (Ames, Rochester), and three invitational performances at the famous Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois...the Medalist Concert Band has been asked to perform professionally; and they have done just that to the international acclaim of music professionals in attendance. In addition, the Medalist Band has made five invitational appearances at the Minnesota Music Educators Convention/Clinic.
The City of Bloomington, MN, its residents, the Bloomington Fine Arts Council, and the Medalist Fine Arts Association continue to support the musical efforts of this nationally acclaimed musical group and have shared in its successes throughout the years. The citizenry of Bloomington is proud of its Medalist Concert Band. It is truly one of America's finest adult musical organizations. The National Band Association, the largest organization of Band Directors in the world, has described the Medalist Concert Band as "one of the foremost Community Bands in the nation," and in 1996 the band achieved one of its highest honors: being selected by the John Philip Sousa Foundation as the recipient of the Sudler Silver Scroll, recognizing the Medalist Concert Band as one of the top two community bands in the nation for 1996.
Appearances by the Medalist Concert Band are made possible through funding provided by the Medalist Fine Arts Association. Additional support is provided by the City of Bloomington, the Bloomington Fine Arts Council, Deborah and Alan Schneider, the Buuck Family Foundation, and Xcel Energy.
To learn more about Medalist Concert Band, contact Jerry Luckhardt, conductor and artistic director.