The Cataloging Continues

We have cataloged hundreds of new pieces since I last wrote. We just celebrated a “Rounding the Corner” party here at the library. This means we are about half way finished cataloging the BOA (band orchestra arrangements or dance orchestra). We have a couple of dedicated catalogers that have just finished cataloging the 4,311th title in that collection.

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Email outage

The SELCO email servers are down. They are working on restoring service as soon as possible. If you need to get a message to the library please call at 507-867-3275.  Our hours at 8-Noon and 1-4 Central time Monday-Wednesday.

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Envelopes damaged in shipping

We have had a few envelopes of music returned to us damaged and missing music lately.I just want to remind our patrons to be sure and package our music well before shipping it back.

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Volunteers from Japan

We had a couple come to volunteer at the Music Library all the way from Japan the first two weeks in May. Kenji & Yumiko Kawashima spent two weeks working hard incorporating extra parts into music already in our collection. We appreciate their dedication!

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Introducing the CBB Jazz Combo

CBB Jazz Combo

“We’ve all been involved in music all of our lives, and we’re longtime members of the Chatfield Brass Band (CBB). It’s a nice offshoot,” said Nathan Davidson, of the CBB Jazz Combo, a quartet/quintet that “started in the last year” after members of Chatfield’s renowned brass band decided to bring some jazzy swing to venues around the area. For more information, contact Nathan at 507-754-5934, or e-mail

Nathan Davidson has been playing saxophone since sixth grade. He not only performs music but has been teaching instrumental music for over 35 years. He has played in a variety of bands from jazz and polkas to rock since the 60’s. Besides being a Chatfield Brass Band member, he also performs with two rock bands, a polka band and is a freelance musician.

Jerry Barrett is a freelance trumpet player. He moved to southern Minnesota from Los Angeles six years ago. His experience as a musician is varied. He has played in groups from many genres of music including classical, jazz, Latin, polka, and rock’n’ roll. He is presently a member of the Winona Brass Band, the Chatfield Brass Band, the Notochords Big Band, as well as the CBB Jazz Combo. He also plays regularly with the Rochester Civic Concert Band as well as other groups in the area as the need arises.

Curt Peterson, the pianist, is a veteran of 45 years in the music business starting with his dance orchestra in the 50’s. After teaching, directing, and arranging, mostly in southern California, he is now retired, keeping active playing lead trumpet in the Notochords Big Band from Rochester as well as assistant director and sax player in the Chatfield Brass Band and doing his best to bring some maturity to this unruly group!

Roy Cerling has been thumping the bass for over 40 years since mistakenly volunteering for the eighth grade orchestra in Clinton, Iowa. Since then, he has performed with a U.S. Army Band, numerous community band and orchestras, theatre pit bands, several jazz orchestras,  the occasional blue grass review and currently with the Notochords Big Band and CBB Jazz Combo.

David Brown has been playing the drums from age 6 and has played in a variety of performance groups including church bands, symphony orchestras and concert bands, jazz and rock bands, and studio work. David is a versatile drummer/ percussionist who is currently working with several local bands and studio projects.


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Band rehearsals begin Jan. 19th

The CBB will begin rehearsals for the summer concert season on Thursday, Jan. 19th at 7:00 in the Chatfield elementary school band room. New members are very welcome. Please consider joining us!  Remember, if the temp is below zero, we will cancel band.

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Cataloging update

We are now cataloging the  38th drawer of the dance orchestra music. The last couple of titles done are “I’m On My Way To Dreamland” by A.B. Green and “I’m On The Crest Of A Wave” by B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson. We have cataloged about 2,300 titles so far with many, many more to go. Anything that has been cataloged is now searchable from the “Search” window of our web page.

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Garage sale May 7

We will be having a garage sale May 7 as part of City Wide Trash & Treasure Day. We’ll be in our garage next to the library at 81 Library Lane SW, Chatfield from 7 am – Noon. Some of the things for sale are wood filing cabinets, typewriters, adding machine, lots of old LP’s and some household items.

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Dance Orchestra Cataloging Progress

We have been hard at work for a few months now cataloging the dance orchestra music. We call it BOA for band orchestra arrangements. We have 125 drawers in this category and have cataloged 12 drawers so far. The first one is “A Bushel and a Peck” by Frank Loesser, arranged by Johnny Warrington, and published by Edwin H. Morris 1950. The last one we cataloged was “Charmaine” by Ernie Rapee and Lew Pollack, arranged by Jack Mason and published by Miller Music 1926 & 1954.  We are getting ideas for summer concerts and being amused by some very silly titles.

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Give To The Max Day Nov. 16

What is Give to the Max Day?
A day for Minnesotans and people everywhere to come together to raise as much money as possible for nonprofits in 24 hours.Last year more than 40,000 donors gave to their favorite charities and created the biggest online giving event ever! We are hoping to break another record this year.

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