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Vintage Band Festival offers performance in Red Wing

Hear the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets perform Thursday Aug. 1 at First Lutheran Church in Red Wing, as part of the large Vintage Band Festival based out of Northfield.

The Vintage Band Festival, Aug. 1 to 4 in Northfield, welcomes re-enactment bands from across the United States and abroad to dust off their horns and old sheet music and bring Civil War-era music back to life.

The international festival boasts 100 concerts from 30 bands in four days at local outdoor parks, performance stages, dining establishments and pubs and at a multitude of concert sites in nearby communities, including a performance in Red Wing.

Hear music that Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Generals Lee and Grant, and their contemporaries heard in their day.

This year marks the American Civil War's 150th anniversary observation and these revival bands, plus other historical bands from the East Coast and South, present a focus for the festival.

Groups perform individually and there is also a Battle of the Bands that will take place at noon Saturday, Aug. 3 along the banks of the Cannon River in Northfield.

A Massed Civil War Bands Concert will follow at 1 p.m. on the Fourth Street Bridge, completing the Civil War Anniversary Day.

Locally, the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets will perform as part of the Vintage Band Festival at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at the First Lutheran Church. The group, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, recreates sound and styles of the Baroque trumpet.

Don Johnson was inspired to play the baroque trumpet in 2004 after attending the Historic Brass Society Festival. He introduced his friends to the instrument and they formed a group dedicated to recreating its sounds and styles, including signal calls, cavalry music, dance music, duets, solo music and trumpet with voice - requiring playing in different styles and tone colors.

The band members also play modern instruments and dedicate part of their performance to educating the audience about the difference between the two types.

Red Wing's Sheldon Theatre Brass Band performs British-style brass music during the festival. You can hear the band play 6 p.m. at Bridge Square and 8 p.m. at the Contented Cow Pub, Friday Aug. 2 in Northfield. This will be the band's third appearance at the Vintage Band Festival.

Special guest, cornet virtuoso Ashley Hall and principal euphonium Brian Borovsky showcase their skills in Jean-Baptiste Arban's "Fantasie Brilliante."

Find the VBF on Facebook at "Vintage Band Festival" and Twitter at @vintagebandfest.

See the full schedule of "living history" performances, auxiliary events and attractions, plus a sample travel itinerary for discovering more in southern Minn., at