Band – Concerts

Article: Chatfield Brass Band Invites New Members  Sept. 2016

The Chatfield Brass Band is busy preparing for a brand new season of rehearsals and concerts.  As they look forward to their 50th anniversary in 2019, the Board of Directors has set a goal for “50 by the 50th!” –  that is- fifty band members by 2019.  The band currently has 35 very active musicians and would like to build on that number to ensurethat the band continues to be a strong and sustainable organization.

Carmen Narveson, director, says of the initiative, “While we have a great, talented group of musicians in our band, we invite other instrumentalists who love playing their instruments to join in the fun.”   Prospective members are encouraged to visit and join at any time.  Instrumentalists that haven’t played since high school or college will find understanding, fellow musicians who went through the same “lip-building” process when they joined the band. The band is a traditional concert band with woodwinds, brass and percussion. The director of the band is Carmen Narveson, retired elementary music teacher at Chatfield.

Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Chatfield Elementary School band room. When you join the Chatfield Brass Band, you will find a group of musicians of all ages, from all walks of life, who come to band because they love music, love to play their instruments, and enjoy playing in a quality group that is fun and active. It is a stress-free environment! The band members hail from fifteen different communities. The yearly schedule for the band includes a Holiday Concert in December, a series of “Concerts in the Park” in the summer, and parades and concerts in surrounding communities.Ready to go on the bandwagon for the Rochesterfest parade.

The Chatfield Brass Band has a 47 year history and is well- known throughout the state. The band plays an active part in the Chatfield community and enjoys the support of the city and community members. As a non-profit corporation, they also own the Chatfield Music Lending Library and support its efforts. Contact Carmen Narveson at 867-3315 or bcdnarv@aol.com for more information.

 2017 Chatfield “Music in the Park” 

Summer Concert Series and Parade Dates

Sat. May 20th                      Preston Trout Parade  4:00

Thursday, June 8              Chatfield Brass Band

Thursday, June 15            Chatfield Brass Band

Thursday, June 22            Chatfield Brass Band

Saturday, June 24            Rochesterfest Parade 2:00 (with invite)

Thursday, June 29            Chatfield Brass Band

Thursday, July 6                Chatfield Brass Band Patriotic Concert

Thursday, July 13              CBB Care Center Concert- 7:00

Sunday, July 16                 CBB Pilot Mound Concert

Thursday, July 20              Guest Group-Jack Brass Band

Thursday, July 27              Guest Group-The Lost Faculties

Saturdy, August 12          Chatfield Western Days- Parade 1:00  Concert 2:30

Sunday, Sept. 10              Kellogg Watermelon Days Parade 2:00

The band’s purpose is threefold: 1) to provide opportunities for amateur musicians to perform and grow musically; 2) to enhance the quality of life in Chatfield and the surrounding  areas and 3) to continue Chatfield’s proud tradition as “Bandtown, U.S.A.”

The band, founded by the late Jim Perkins in 1969,  has more than 40 members ranging in age from 15 to 90. With diverse backgrounds and occupations, they gather from throughout southeastern Minnesota and volunteer their time and talents to make the Chatfield Brass Band the successful organization it is today. Director Carmen Narveson is a retired  elementary music teacher in the Chatfield school system.