Saturday June 29 – 6:00pm
They’ve played for weddings and they have played for funerals. They’ve played at college football games and homecoming events. They’ve played in Mardi Gras parades, and local parades throughout southeastern Minnesota. Members have performed in Europe, Canada and Korea. They’ve been a part of festivals that celebrate steamboats, fish, flowers and the 4th of July.
With eight members, they have been a strong part of the Winona, Minnesota music scene since 1978. They concentrate on traditional jazz eminating from New Orleans. With the three man front of trumpet, clarinet and trombone, and a rthym section composed of banjo, piano drums and tuba, they strive to bring avlive music made famous by Louie Armstrong, Kid Ory and Bix Beiderbecke. Female vocals round out the sound of many of the Gate City numbers
They play the last Sunday of every month from February through October from 6 – 8 p.m. at Jefferson’s Event Center Jefferson’s serves food from their menu and there is no cover charge.
Gate City Jazz Band Musicians
Ken Bloom plays trombone, does vocals, and is the leader of the band. He had his own band before joining Gate City in 1985.
Dr. Dan Barr on keyboard and vocals, and Dr. Frank Bures on Clarinet, had considered being a professional musician as a career choice.
Margaret Cassidy also sings in the church choir.
Tim Klinkner plays trumpet as part of the front line. The places in New Orleans know him well, and he has arranged to have many performers from the big easy come to the ‘Upper Mississippi’ to perform for us.
Fred Dodd on banjo and guitar spent 20 years playing on the Delta Queen.
Steve Kulas is the drummer for the Gate City Band.
Leo Lentz has played for New Years Eve 65 years in a row and has played for 43 different bands. He is self taught on the accordion, concertina, tuba, and keyboard. He had to borrow $75.00 to buy his first accordion in 1947.