Gustavus Wind Orchestra Preparing for Tour

Posted on January 5th, 2009 by

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra.

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra.

The Gustavus Adolphus College Wind Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Nimmo, is currently preparing to embark on a 10-day tour from Jan. 30 to Feb. 8 that will take it to parts of Colorado and South Dakota.

The ensemble will leave for Denver on Jan. 30, perform a total of eight concerts, and then return to St. Peter for a home concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 in Christ Chapel. The concert schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, Jan. 31 / Bethany Lutheran Church / Cherry Hills, Colo. / 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 1 / Mt. Olive Lutheran Church / Aurora, Colo. / 8 and 10:45 a.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 2 / Denver Lutheran High School / Denver, Colo. / 10 a.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 2 / Abiding Hope Lutheran Church / Littleton, Colo. / 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 3 / Lutheran High School / Parker, Colo. / 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 3 / First United Methodist Church / Colorado Springs, Colo. / 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 4 / Coronado High School / 8:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 5 / Our Savior’s Lutheran Church / Fort Collins, Colo. / 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 6 / Calvary Lutheran Church / Rapid City, SD / 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 7 / St. Mark’s Lutheran Church / 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 8 / Christ Chapel / St. Peter, Minn. / 2 p.m.

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra descends directly from the College’s first student instrumental ensemble, which was formed in 1878, soon after the St. Peter community organized a musical society to secure band instruments for the College. From that beginning more than 125 years ago, the wind orchestra has grown to earn international acclaim through its concerts and tours.

The ensemble has toured extensively in the United States and Canada and four times in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. In 1990, it was invited as the first American ensemble to present a concert in East Berlin. In 1994, the ensemble returned to east-central Europe to perform for standing-room-only audiences in Poland, the Czech and Slovak republics, Hungary, Austria, and Germany. The group returned to the area more recently in 2006.

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra’s history includes work with a number of noted composers, including Percy Grainger, David Holsinger, and more recently Steve Heitzeg, who is an alumnus of the Gustavus Band.

For more information about the upcoming tour, contact Lisa Westphal, manager of music tours at Gustavus, at 507-933-7163 or


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