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La Grande Bande Seeks Applicants

La Grande Bande is accepting applications to fill four positions within the ensemble. Two positions for historical oboe and two positions for natural horn. The selected players will join us for a concert in late-November or early-December 2021. (This performance will be at A = 430.) Any future performances will be on an as-needed basis.

La Grande Bande’s performances usually consist of three to four, two-hour rehearsals and one performance. The exact rehearsal schedule is dependent upon the instrumental requirements for each concert. Compensation generally consists of a stipend with lodging, airfare, and ground transportation payed by the ensemble.

There are also opportunities to work with high school students in masterclass settings and to perform outreach concerts for residents of local assisted living centers. These two components are crucial to the ensemble’s mission. No previous experience in educational outreach is required, but it is strongly encouraged.

To complete an application and submit your materials, please visit for a complete list of repertoire. Materials should be submitted no later than May 31, 2021. A decision will be made by June 15, 2021. Due to the circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, we will accept materials recorded up to three years ago (2019).

Required application materials include your contact information, resume/CV, letters of recommendation (at least 2), recordings of the audition repertoire.

La Grande Bande Receives Minnesota State Arts Board Grant

April 19, 2021 • GAYLORD, MN — La Grande Bande is pleased to announce that it has received a $15,000 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The funds will be used to help support its upcoming 2021-2022 Season which will be announced in a few weeks.

“We are thrilled to have received this financial support,” said La Grande Bande’s Music & Artistic Director Michael Thomas Asmus. “2020 has been a difficult year for us, as it has been for everyone. We’re looking forward to returning to in person performances and continuing our work within the community.”

The 2021-2022 Season will include four concert performances, two outreach concerts at local assisted living facilities, three opportunities for masterclasses, and three pre-concert talks.

“It’s been difficult not being with people,” Asmus said. “Our programming is so dependent upon being with people. We can’t wait to be back in the classroom with students, having a blast with assisted living residents, and chatting with everyone after our performances.”

The complete 2021-2022 Season will be announced on or before June 1, 2021. Tickets will be available for purchase on June 15, 2021.

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