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Reflecting back on 20 years

The Sheldon Theatre Brass Band will take a look back over its first 20 years in its spring concert, "Brass Reflections," which will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sheldon Theatre. Jim Kurschner directs.

The band is celebrating 20 years of making music and representing Red Wing and the Sheldon.

They'll perform a selection of favorite pieces presented over the years, including "Year of the Dragon," which the band performed in 1993 when they won the North American Brass Band Association National Championship in their division.

Those familiar with the band's recordings also will remember "Cry of the Celts," which will feature fiddler Jim Bartch. Another crowd favorite is an arrangement of "Amazing Grace" by Bill Himes. Various performers will be spotlighted.

The band is also getting ready to release a new CD featuring many songs in the swing and jazz style. It will be the group's fifth release.

The Sheldon Theatre Brass Band was founded in 1989 as the resident performing ensemble at the newly-restored, turn-of-the-century T.B. Sheldon Theatre.

It uses the instrumentation of the traditional British-style brass band and plays a broad variety of musical styles.

In addition to four regular performances each year at the Sheldon Theatre, the band performs at a variety of venues throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin, and has performed at many brass band festivals throughout the United States including NABBA championships, the Chicago Open, and the Great American Brass Band Festival.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Call the Sheldon at (651) 388-8700 or (800) 899-5759. Tickets may also be purchased on the Internet at