Great Western Band of St. Paul

The Great Western Band of St. Paul, formed in 1860, was one of the earliest and most popular brass bands in Minnesota through the late nineteenth century. This group of amateur musicians helped to bring a measure of sophistication to early St. Paul as it played for a variety of civic and private events. The band was busy during the 1870s and 1880s, but toward the end of the century, it faded from view. A new version formed in 1977, and over the next ten years, St. Paul residents enjoyed some of the same band music that the city’s early residents had enjoyed a century earlier.

Photograph of the Great Western Band performing in Rice Park in St. Paul over the lunch hour, July 17, 1980.

The Great Western Band in Rice Park

The Great Western Band performing in Rice Park in St. Paul over the lunch hour, July 17, 1980.

Photograph of Paul Maybery and the Great Western Band

Paul Maybery and the Great Western Band

Paul Maybery and the Great Western Band performing in the State Capitol rotunda, St. Paul, September 1981.

Photograph of the Athenaeum, Exchange and Pine Streets, St. Paul

The Athenaeum, Exchange and Pine Streets, St. Paul

The Athenaeum, Exchange and Pine Streets, St. Paul, ca. 1885.

Drawing of George Seibert

George Seibert

George Seibert, ca. 1886. Published in the April 26, 1886, edition of the St. Paul Daily Globe. Seibert led the Great Western Band of St. Paul from the mid-1860s to the mid-1890s. Public domain

Photograph of Russell C. Munger

Russell C. Munger

Russell Munger. Published in St. Paul: The Queen City of the North-west (N.p.: Phoenix Publishing Company, 1890). Munger was the first leader of the Great Western Band of St. Paul. Public domain.

Photograph of he Great Western Band, St. Paul, 1868.

The Great Western Band, St. Paul

The Great Western Band, St. Paul, 1868. Pictured are, left to right, M. Esch, Joe Olrenshaw, H. Haub, C. Trowbridge, R. Schroer, William Bircher, H. Macklett, George Seibert, H. Herr, and Theodore Henninger.

Photograph of a twined bag made by a Somali weaver and elder.

Twined bag made by a Somali weaver and elder

Twined bag made by a Somali weaver and elder. Sold at the East African Women’s Center in Minneapolis, 2007.

Bach Society of Minnesota

The Bach Society of Minnesota was founded in 1933 by students at the University of Minnesota who wanted to perform music of the great Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. One of the oldest Bach societies in the United States, the ensemble features the timeless music of both Bach and those he inspired.

scan of 1988 Bach Society Program cover

1988 Bach Society Of Minnesota program cover

1988 Bach Society Of Minnesota program cover. From the Bach Society of Minnesota records, 1933–2001 (bulk 1959–1991), Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

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