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.
Founded in 1977, the Seward Concert Band has had a wonderful year strolling down memory lane. Now it’s time to close out our 40th Anniversary Season with four opportunities to share our music with our community.
The Seward Concert Band extends a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has performed with us or supported us over our last forty years. We would not be here without you. Please continue joining us for this concert series as well as those in our next forty years.
The Seward Concert Band welcomes you to join us for our traditional, Memorial Day performance at Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery on Monday, May 29. The band will play a collection of patriotic pieces to remember those who gave their lives for our country and community.
The Seward Concert Band will begin playing at 9:40 AM, followed by a short program.
Season Finale Concert
Please join us for our formal season finale on Friday, June 2 at 7:30 PM at Washburn High School in Minneapolis. Our repertoire for the evening includes favorite pieces from our 40 year history, patriotic pieces featured at our Memorial Day concert, and we will play some new pieces as well.
Our performance begins at 7:30 PM in the auditorium. Suggested donations are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 students and children.
Minnehaha Falls Performance
Bring the whole family to hear the Seward Concert Band play in this beautiful venue. The Seward Concert Band performs on Wednesday, June 7 at 7pm at the Minnehaha Falls Bandshell (next to SeaSalt). This performance is free to the public, and it’s a great event for even our youngest fans.
St. Joan of Arc Performance
The Seward Concert is venturing to a new venue in the final performance of our 40th season. Join us at St. Joan of Arc Church in Minneapolis on Sunday, June 11 at 3 PM. The band looks forward to sharing their music and mission in this new venue and community.
- March from Symphonic Metamorphosis by Paul Hindemith
- Children’s March by Percy Aldridge Grainger
- Cape Brenton Postcard by Catherine McMichael
- Toccata by Girolamo Frescobaldi
- The Symphonic Duke arranged by Tommy Newsom
- Acrostic Song by David Del Tredici
- The Minnesota March by John Philip Sousa
- If Thou Be Near* by Johann Sebastian Bach
- Concord Village* by Charles Ives
- The Star Spangled Banner* by Francis Scott Key
- Armed Forces Salute* by Bob Lowen
- America, the Beautiful* by Samuel Augustus Ward
- God Bless America* by Irving Berlin
* Only likely at the Memorial Day performance
The Seward Concert Band invites you to our 2017 Spring Concert on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM. Join us at Washburn High 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. Continue reading 2017 Spring Concert
The Seward Concert Band seeks to continue its rich history with a new director for the 2017-2018 season. Continue reading Seward Concert Band Seeks a New Director
Join the Seward Concert Band for our 2017 Winter Concert on Friday, January 13 at 7:30 PM. We are continuing our celebration of our 40th season by bringing back some of the band’s favorites, as well as new pieces highlighting the band’s talents. Continue reading 2017 Winter Concert