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BandWidth 2017
is scheduled for Sunday, April 30, 2017
Landmark Center, 75 West 5th Street, Saint Paul


Enjoy an afternoon of listening to marches, concert band classics, pop, Broadway, and jazz music performed by some of the top volunteer-based ensembles in Minnesota in one location. Admission is FREE and very family friendly.

The schedule of performances is as follows:

Ensemble Pieces performed
12:30 -Northeast Community Band
1:20 - Seward Concert Band  
2:10 - Century College Concert Band  
3:00 - Lakes Area Community Concert Band  
3:50 - Saint Cloud Municipal Band  
4:40 - Lex-Ham Community Band

BandWidth 2017 will feature the premiere performances of six works for concert band.

Composers whose works will be premiered at BandWidth 2017
Composer Biography
Clay Allen

Originally from Ruidoso, New Mexico, Clay Allen is an American composer and pianist. Clay has studied composition at the University of North Texas with Kirsten Broberg, Andrew May, and Joseph Klein and at West Texas A&M University with BJ Brooks. Clay is currently pursuing his DMA at the University of Colorado – Boulder where he studies with Carter Pann.

Clay’s compositions have been performed across the United States and internationally at festivals including SEAMUS, CICTeM in Buenos Aires, the Cortona Sessions in Italy, and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. Recent commissions include works for New Music on the Point, Charlotte New Music Festival, and bassoonist Grant Bingham with funding from the DuoSolo Foundation. Passionate about education and outreach, Clay is a founding member of the Equinox New Music Collective, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing new music to new audiences.
His piece, Cloudcroft, will be performed by the Seward Concert Band.

Jared Coffin Jared Steven Coffin grew up playing music in school band and choir, church worship teams, rock bands, jam sessions, and basically anywhere he could. Also during that time, he studied a variety of musical instruments including guitar, electric bass, drums, piano, and trombone. While studying classical guitar performance and pedagogy at North Central University, Jared found his true passions - teaching and composition. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree, Jared began to truly pursue these passions. His love of teaching has flourished with his acquisition of a Master of Music Education degree through Boston University, and through his sustaining career as a private teacher, conductor of youth ensembles, and researcher of educational techniques. Meanwhile, Jared’s zeal for composition has also grown as he composes new music for local Twin Cities performers and ensembles, in addition to writing works for educational uses in schools and private lessons. His piece, Voyage, will be performed by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band.
Paul Cowell Paul Cowell played percussion for many years. He played in and composed for the Cirencester School Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Elis Pehkonen, and continued to play in York, where he lived for over twenty years. Paul worked in New York where he studied the recorder intensively for two years. A greater interest in Baroque music led him to concentrate on continuo playing. Back in York, he co-directed the St Michael-le-Belfrey Chamber Ensemble, conducting and directing from the keyboard. Paul is a composer and arranger living in London; his pieces have been played on the BBC and ABC, and performed in Europe, Japan, USA and Australia. His piece, Rosetta Fanfare, will be performed by the Century College Concert Band.
Michael Maiorana

Michael Maiorana is a composer based in Minneapolis. Originally from Detroit, he went to Grinnell College in rural Iowa, gutted some turkeys and built some walls, then moved to the Twin Cities. Michael recently returned from studying composition, harmony, conducting and counterpoint in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger in Paris, France. He has received commissions from VocalEssence, newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the Central Iowa Symphony, and others. Michael has served as assistant conductor of the Grinnell Singers and Grinnell Oratorio Society, and is a member of ASCAP. He is currently seeking out new collaborators in the Twin Cities and beyond! You can reach him any time at his contact page at to say hello. His piece, Beneath the Stream, will be performed by the Saint Cloud Municipal Band.

Mitch Manthe

By day, Mitch Manthe works as a Computer Systems Analyst for Optum Technology.   He has been working in the computer industry for over 35 years.  He originally studied music at Concordia College at Moorhead, MN back in 1972-1974. Yes, he was a Cobber for a while. He then went to school for computer programming and has been in the business ever since.

Mitch has been writing music as a hobby for a few years now.  He has had some of his pieces played publicly, though not as many as he would like, and he has never had a work published. But to be honest he hasn’t really tried to get them published.  He just likes to write music for the fun of it.  He does peruse the list of “calls for scores” to see if any of them fit the type of music he writes just in case.  Much of the works he has written are posted on his website in case anyone cares to listen to them.

As for Mitch, he is a father of three and a step-father of three more.  And he is going to be a grandfather come September.  He has much to look forward to.  And who knows, he may have to write a new song to celebrate his grandchild’s birth. His piece, New Year's Day March, will be performed by the Northeast Community Band.

Tim Takach A piece commissioned by the Lex-Ham Community Band in honor of its 25th anniversary.

Parking: There are parking meters around Landmark Center and Rice Park. Meters are FREE on Sundays in downtown Saint Paul.

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