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2017-04-21 / Features

Band concert to be held at Eveleth City Auditorium


Paul Helfter, director of Mesabi Community Band (left), and Bill Lavato, band member and former Eveleth City Band member from the 1950s, are shown rehearsing for the upcoming concert in the newly restored Eveleth City Auditorium. Submitted photo. Paul Helfter, director of Mesabi Community Band (left), and Bill Lavato, band member and former Eveleth City Band member from the 1950s, are shown rehearsing for the upcoming concert in the newly restored Eveleth City Auditorium. Submitted photo. EVELETH – The Mesabi Community Band, under the direction of Paul Helfter, will make history when it plays the first concert in the newly restored Eveleth City Auditorium on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m.

The concert will commemorate renowned music director Major Ed Chenette and the Eveleth Municipal Band of the early 1920s, the “Golden Age of the American town band.”

After nearly 100 years, another Chenette will be guest director in the newly renovated Eveleth City Auditorium. Ed Chenette’s son, Stephen Chenette, an internationally recognized trumpet player, will conduct the band as it plays compositions by his father.

Musical numbers will reflect the music of the era, including Lassus Trombone, National Emblem March and Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue. Joining the band will be gymnasts from Twistar and dancers from Downtown Dance Academy performing on stage.

Historic memorabilia will be on display by the Eveleth Heritage Committee and the Iron Range Historical Society.

The public is invited to join in this celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Eveleth Municipal Band. Admission is $5; free for those under age 18.

The Eveleth City Auditorium was constructed in 1912. The building included an auditorium, dining hall and kitchen, and was utilized as a community facility for many events until 1963.

The City of Eveleth began Phase I of the auditorium’s renovation project in 2012.

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