Building Community Spirit through Music

Our Mission

The Zumbrota Community Band provides an opportunity for a musician to play for their personal satisfaction and to provide entertainment for the Zumbrota and surrounding communities.

The Zumbrota Community Band meets once a week to rehearse at the Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School band room.  Members represent several communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Some come from as far as 30 miles away to practice.

John Vettel


John is proud to be the conductor for the Zumbrota Community Band since 1992.  The band is comprised of volunteer musicians from various backgrounds who started their musical journey in school music programs.  They joined the Zumbrota Community Band because of a love for music and to rekindle their love of playing band music in a concert ensemble setting.  Each donates his time and talents every Monday night from October-December and February-July to prepare concerts for the public.  The band plays a variety of music from standard and contemporary music to the Broadway stage, marches and patriotic medleys.  

John also conducts the Mayo Clinic Chamber Symphony since the Fall of 2019.  He plays Assistant Principal viola in the Rochester Symphony Orchestra as well as playing in the LaCrosse Symphony and substitutes in the Austin and Waterloo Symphonies.  He plays viola in the Campion String Quartet for a variety of venues and has played and conducted numerous pit orchestras.

John received his musical education from the University of Southern Mississippi, graduating in 1987.  He taught music for four years in North Carolina and presently teaches violin to private students.  Along with the various solo engagements he plays, he enjoys kayaking, camping and repairing his vehicles.

John has been a wonderful asset to the band, making rehearsals fun but still perfecting the execution of the pieces he has chosen.

Join the Band?

Would you like to join the band?  We’d be thrilled to have you.  It is a “true community band” in that membership is open to any adult or high school musician.  There are no auditions or membership fees.  Musicians of all skill levels on woodwinds, brass and percussion are welcome.  Dust off your old horn and blow some new life into it.  You both will be happy.  Once you have played an instrument, you may be a little rusty, but it will come back to you!

Need a Band?

Do you need music at your next event? The Zumbrota Community Band may be able to fulfill your needs. Whether you have a community event, parade, or concert venue, the band offers a concert, patriotic or parade repertoire of music.

Donations for bookings are happily accepted in order to operate the functions of the band. Contact us now to book your venue. Limited availability.


Mary Goplen, Secretary
700 Judith CT
Zumbrota, MN 55992