Nov 22, 2010

European tour a first for band

The Central Lakes College Community Band in Brainerd is finalizing its arrangements for the July 2011 Central European Tour, the first of its kind for the instrumental music program at the community and technical college. The musicians and traveling companions will be traveling to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. The Band will play five concerts in the three cities during the July 18-28, 2011 tour. “This exceptional opportunity provides 11 days of sights, sounds, flavors, history, and memories which will last a lifetime,” said Steve Anderson, conductor. “You don’t have to be able to play to join us. Just being an interested traveler is qualification enough to join us on this great adventure.” Side trips during the tour will include the Mauthausen Holocaust museum, the Mozarthaus, State Opera House, Parliament, City Hall, the Imperial Palace and the Cathedral, Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, and a dinner cruise on the Danube in Budapest. Musicians are drawn from a 150-mile radius of Brainerd for membership in the band. Including the non-playing travelers who may wish to participate in the tour, up to 60 area residents can be accommodated. “There are roughly eight spots open for musicians and travelers to claim before the January 1 deadline,” said Anderson. Interested parties may contact Anderson at (218) 855-8215, (218) 831-3652 or by e-mail at