Medalist Concert Band is volunteer group of 70 Twin Cities-area musicians. 2016-17 marks our 49th season of performing together.
The Medalist Concert Band, a volunteer group comprised of 70 Twin Cities–area musicians, was founded in the fall of 1968. The purposes of the band are (1) to provide adult musicians with an opportunity to perform; (2) to provide Bloomington and the surrounding area with outstanding musical concerts; and (3) to provide young musicians with a model of music as a lifelong hobby. Since its founding, the Medalist Concert Band has given over 850 performances, many of them with high school and college bands, at summer concerts-in-the-park, and in church-sponsored programs. In addition, the band has distinguished itself through invitational appearances at such prestigious events as the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Music Educators National Conference, and the Minnesota Music Educators Association. The Medalist Concert Band is proud to have earned a reputation as “one of foremost community bands in the nation,” as described by the National Band Association. The band was the 1996 recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Silver Scroll Award, which is given annually to the top two community bands in the United States. The Medalist Concert Band is conducted by Professor Jerry Luckhardt, Director of Graduate Studies/Associate Director of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota. Luckhardt also serves as Associate Director of Bands and conducts the Symphonic Band and teaches undergraduate conducting. Luckhardt has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician with ensembles throughout North America, Europe, and Asia