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Support the Seward Concert Band this Holiday Season

While we are only a few months into our 41st season, the Seward Concert Band is already seeing it as a season of growth. Under the direction of Cassandra Bechard, we have expanded our mission, bringing our music into senior communities with each performance cycle. By providing live music to the community we are creating happiness for others, giving our members and audiences a chance to create bonds that can last a lifetime, and give others something to look forward to!

With the rising cost of music, storage rental fees, and equipment, it takes a lot to keep the organization thriving and to keep expanding our reach. This is where your help is needed.

Your financial support will make sure that the Seward Concert Band can continue providing quality live music to our community, and our board has created a funding match to make your support go even further this month.

The Seward Concert Band Board will match the first $1000 donated through December 31.

Help us reach our goal by donating today. Your donation may even be doubled, as the Seward Concert Band board has pledged to match the first $1000 in donations.

You will not only feel good about making sure the band is able to continue but you also are helping others get happiness by making sure the band continues to make beautiful music!

Thank you for your support! We truly could not do this without you!

Jordon Schram
Seward Concert Band
Board President

Fall Concert Series

Join the Seward Concert Band as we celebrate fall with our first performances of the 2017-2018 season.

Edinborough Park – Sunday, October 22

The Seward Concert Band will provide a community performance at Edinborough Park in Edina on Sunday, October 22. Our performance begins at 7pm, and this is a great venue for the whole family.

Sanford Middle – Friday, November 3

The Seward Concert Band invites our community to our formal, season opening concert on Friday, November 3 at Sanford Middle School in Minneapolis. Our performance begins at 7:30 PM in the auditorium. Suggested donations are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 students and children.

Tentative Program

  • Thunder and Blazes  (or Entry of the Gladiators) by Julius Fučík
  • Hobbits from “Lord of the Rings Symphony” by Johan de Meij
  • Cinderella Waltz by Richard Rogers
  • Irish Tune from County Derry by Percy Aldridge Grainger
  • Suite of Old American Dances Robert Russell Bennett
  • Apollo March by Anton Bruckner

Rehearsals Begin September 7

The Seward Concert Band is excited to welcome everyone back for another fantastic season!

Please join us at Bethel Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on Thursday, September 7 at 6:50 PM. Please bring a music stand with you as there will be limited shared stands available.

Due to construction at several local high schools, the Seward Concert Band board of directors is still working to finalize rehearsal venues for the season. The board is evaluating options for the rest of the year, and they will keep the band posted as news develops.

Our new director, Cassandra Bechard has an exciting season for us, taking the band through music both familiar and new. Please join us and help us create a fabulous forty-first season!

Seward Concert Band’s New Director

The Seward Concert Band is thrilled to welcome Cassandra Bechard as our director, beginning with our 41st season this fall.

Cassandra is excited to create beautiful music with the Seward Concert Band. She is hopeful to give back to the Seward Community by taking portions of our concerts to local schools, nursing homes, and local hospitals. It is her goal to create an environment that encourages beauty through music for both the performers and the audience. Outside of the musical world, Cassandra enjoys spending time catching Pokémon with her husband, son and two dogs.

Cassandra Bechard, a native of Detroit, Michigan, is a graduate instructor and a doctoral student in Wind Band Conducting at the University of Minnesota. Cassandra holds a Masters Degree in Bassoon Performance from Bowling Green State University (2011) and Undergraduate Degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from Central Michigan University (2009). From 2011 – 2016 Cassandra taught band at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and held the position of Adjunct Bassoon Professor at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa (2013 – 2015). Cassandra is a member of College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Educators, South Dakota Bandmasters, Phi Beta Mu, and Kappa Kappa Psi.