The Zumbrota Community Band was originally formed in 1877. The present-day band was formed in 1972 under the direction of Robert Schoenburger. Succeeding directors include: William Fosseen, 1975-1977; Lester Bauer, 1977-1992; and John Vettel, 1992-Present. The band consists of amateur musicians who meet once a week to rehearse at the Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School. Members represent several communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Some come from as far as 30 miles away to participate.
The band has performed in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Since 2006 the band has hosted a biennial community band festival held at the band shell in Zumbrota’s East Park.
We are very active in the towns we represent, making appearances at ice cream socials, parades, festivals, history centers, and other noteworthy events such as the closing of the local armory and a sesquicentenial commemoration of the Civil War. All this is in addition to our annual Christmas concert and our Spring Spaghetti Supper fundraising event.
Would you like to join the band? We’d be thrilled to have you. There is no audition. Musicians of all skill levels on woodwinds, brass, or percussion are welcome.