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The St. Olaf Band is the oldest music organization at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, a campus internationally renowned for the high caliber of its musical ensembles. Founded in 1891 as the St. Olaf Cornet Band, it has developed over the decades into an ensemble noted for superb musicianship. Under the leadership of conductor Timothy Mahr, the St. Olaf Band performs the very best compositions and transcriptions for the symphonic band, producing an exciting, crowd-pleasing style.

From its earliest days the band has tourednationally and internationally. In 1906, the St. Olaf Band performeda four-week, 30-concert tour to Norway. It was the first Americancollegiate band to make a European concert tour. The Band hassubsequently toured several times in Norway, Great Britain, andcentral Europe, as well as throughout the United States.

The St. Olaf Band was conducted from 1957 - 1994by Miles Johnson. Under his leadership the band gained recognitionas one of the finest concert bands in the nation and received manyinvitations to festivals and conventions. The band entered a new erain 1994 with the appointment of Timothy Mahr as conductor.

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