Rosemount, Hastings musicians to perform at music festival

Community bands to unite at Spring Lake Park Reserve

The Rosemount Community Band will perform Sunday, Sept. 16, at Spring Lake Park Reserve. Photo by Tad Johnson

The Dakota County Regional Arts Collaborative was formed, in part, to synergize the efforts of arts groups.

That cooperative spirit will resonate outside the Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Spring Lake Park Reserve Music Festival.

The idea for the event, which will feature performances by the Rosemount and Hastings community bands, was born when members from the two cities’ arts councils were sitting next to each other at a recent collaborative meeting.

Spring Lake Park Reserve, which is on the border of the two communities, was the natural location for the first-time event, which organizers hope will be come a major, annual fall event.

The Rosemount Community Band, formed in September 2011 and which played most recently in Central Park during Rosemount Leprechaun Days, will take to the outdoors along with the Hastings-based River Valley Band.

“We are not surprised in another performance so soon after they July performance,” said director John Zchunke, who also directs the Rosemount Middle School band. “In fact, we are setting out to add more performances over the next few years.”

During the program, each band will perform a repertoire of marches, classical music, pop tunes and traditional band music. Zchunke said the band has added some new songs to its set list since July.

“We are excited at being a part of the music festival,” he said of the band that practices most Mondays at the middle school.

He said the hope is that the band will play several concerts each year. Its next performance is slated during Christmas at the Steeple Center in December.

Organizers from Dakota County Parks, and the Hastings Prescott Area and Rosemount Area arts councils, are hoping people will be able to enjoy fall colors at the Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center that overlooks the Mississippi River.

People are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

Refreshments will be available for purchase by River City Popcorn Company.

Parking is free. Guide dogs are allowed.

The park’s address is 8395 127th St. E., Hastings.

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