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2023 Bandstand 100th Anniversary - Summer Music Series

Updated: Apr 22


The Clear Lake Bandstand is turning 100 this summer, and The Clear Lake Historical Museum, along with a group of local enthusiasts, are planning a summer music series. Entertainment will include local bands, from students to adults, as well as student dancers. There will be refreshments, a classic car cruise-in during the July and August dates, and guaranteed fun for the whole family. Admission is free! Bring your lawn chair or blanket, as seating is not provided. We look forward to a fun-filled summer at the Bandstand!

Donations Welcome! The Bandstand committee is thrilled to announce that an anonymous donor will match up to $1,000 in individual donations! While many are donating time and energy into this epic event, it still takes funds to make it happen. Your generous donations are also tax deductible! Please visit for more information.

Sprucing Up! Leading up to the Bandstand Summer Music Series, a dedicated crew of CLHS High School students spent their Earth Day Service Learning project day repainting the bandstand, which had become weathered and rough. Prior to that, Wendy and Tena Schoggins spent a day -- and a lot of elbow grease -- removing the graffiti and paint, and preparing the bandstand for painting. If you haven’t yet, drive by and check out how nice it looks! Special thanks to the experts at Clear Lake True Value for the advice and assistance, and to the Village of Clear Lake for providing paint and brushes.

Thursday, June 8, 2023 Opening Night!

6:30 p.m. appearances by Clear Lake Junior-Senior High Marching Warriors and

7 p.m. Northwinds Brass Band.

The Clear Lake Marching Warriors, under the direction of Mr. Nicholas Verheyen, have been making waves in the world of marching bands. The talented group of musicians has been impressing audiences with their skill, performing at various local parades throughout the year. They also play in various forms of concert-, jazz-, and pep band, across the tri-state area.

The band's hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed, as they have received numerous awards and accolades for their performances - individually and in group performances. Their commitment to excellence is a testament to their love for music and their desire to be the best.

The Northwinds Brass Band was founded in 1988 with the mission of members giving “of their talents in an enjoyable manner for themselves and others.” It was modeled after British Brass bands which have been popular in the British Isles for nearly 200 years. The band has played public concerts at schools, parks and other venues for the last thirty five years. They received first place in the National Association of British Brass Bands in the Open Class at Red Wing, MN in 1998. The group is made up of music educators, retired music educators, and brass music lovers of many professional backgrounds. Although based in Rice Lake, the band has members from across the region, from Augusta to Hayward and from Ladysmith to Lindstrom, MN. Brass instruments include the Eb Soprano Cornet, Bb Cornet, Flugelhorn, French Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, Trombone, Eb Tuba and Bb Tuba. The group enjoys playing a wide range of styles from classical music and traditional marches to jazz, folk, and pop.

Thursday, June 22, 2023 (during Clear Lake Heritage Days)

7 p.m. featuring The Bluesers Blues and Rock Revue

Last summer, in a nearby community Facebook group, a group of local musicians planned a music jam session at UW Wanderoos. From that jam session, The Bluesers was born. They cover rock and roll and blues songs, but also have a few original songs. Covers include blues favorites such as Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters, Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom by John Lee Hooker, and Before You Accuse Me by Eric Clapton. They also play rock favorites such as Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry, and Pride and Joy by Stevie Ray Vaughn, among many others.

The Bluesers Blues and Rock Revue includes Brian "Beast" Vadnais, on guitar and vocals, Monica "The Dude" Weaver on bass, Chad "Sarge" Stone on drums and vocals, Pattie "Sugar" Mace on harmonica, Brian "Blowhard" Hecht on harmonica and vocals, and Johnny Keyz on keyboards and vocals.

Despite being relatively newly organized, their summer lineup is jam-packed with more than 20 gigs! You can catch them at UW Wanderoos every-other Wednesday, Amery Music On The River, and Clear Lake Heritage Days, plus many more. For a full lineup of shows, check out their Facebook group, The Bluesers for a complete schedule. Let's get to groovin' and having fun!

Future dates include July 13, 27, and August 10 and 24. Stay tuned to the Clear Lake Chronicle for information about upcoming performances and visit

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