My Musical Family - Joy Riggs

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A blog about my family's adventures in making and appreciating music.
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Save the Date for My Book Launch Party: July 16

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:14am
It's now official, so please consider yourself invited and get the date on your calendar — I'm having a launch party two months from today for my forthcoming book, Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters: The Story of a Minnesota Music Man (Nodin Press).

G. Oliver RiggsThe party will be from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the historic Grand Event Center in downtown Northfield. We'll have live brass music, light hors d'oeuvres, cake, and a cash bar. I'll do a brief presentation about the book, and I'll sign copies.

My favorite independent bookstore, Northfield's Content Bookstore, is partnering with me to sell books at the event, and you'll be able to preorder the book through the Content website. I will send out more information about this once it's all set up.

I'm looking forward to seeing you and sharing my book with you!

Crookston (Minn.) Juvenile Band, 1916 (Polk County Historical Society)
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37 Bands, 4 Days, 1 Amazing Music Festival

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 3:34pm
The 2019 Vintage Band Festival is only 11 weeks away, so mark it on your calendar now —you don't want to miss it! It runs Aug. 1-4 in historic downtown Northfield, Minnesota.

We have 37 international, national, regional and Minnesota bands lined up to perform during the four-day event, including several that are new to the festival. I'm especially excited to announce that the St. Cloud Municipal Band is making its first VBF appearance — this is the band that my great-grandfather, G. Oliver Riggs, directed for two decades.

The list of bands lined up for the 2019 Vintage Band Festival
Most of the concerts will be at the main stage on Bridge Square, but we'll also have concerts at Way Park and at a few satellite communities. Here's a sneak peek at the daily schedule (keep in mind that it's subject to change).


The 2019 Early Brass Festival of the Historic Brass Society will be held in conjunction with the VBF, and most of those events will take place at Carleton College's Weitz Center for Creativity. As part of that festival, I'm giving a half-hour presentation at 9 a.m. on Aug. 4 about my great-grandfather's 1906 trip to the South with an Iowa Regimental Band (this trip is mentioned in my forthcoming book, Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters: The Story of a Minnesota Music Man). You can find more information about the Early Brass Festival here.

We welcome any and all donations to help us put on this event, and we have a cool new opportunity this year: donors who give $250 can honor a music teacher or band director (we'll list the honorees in our festival program). For more information or to donate online, visit the Vintage Band Festival website.
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