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The St. Olaf Band will perform at Muscatine High School on Sunday, Feb. 2.

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Bettendorf's loss in Muscatine's gain. A group hailed by The New Yorker magazine as “one of America’s preeminent bands” will give a free performance in Muscatine this weekend.

The St. Olaf Band will perform here as part of its 2014 national tour. The concert will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Muscatine High School auditorium, 2705 Cedar St.

The band had originally been scheduled to perform in Bettendorf that day, but had to move its performance — and Muscatine Band Director Jeffery Heid was only too glad to help.

The band’s national tour will feature repertoire that includes David Maslanka’s "A Child’s Garden of Dreams," as well as such works as "Overture for Band" by John Heins, the second movement from Persichetti’s "Symphony No. 6," and Dan Welcher’s "Zion."

According to a press release from the group, the St. Olaf Band was founded in 1891. The ensemble performs compositions and transcriptions for symphonic band.

The group is the oldest music organization at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., a campus internationally renowned for its high caliber of musical ensembles. The band has toured nationally since 1904 and internationally since 1906 when it performed a four-week, 30-concert tour of Norway, making it the first American collegiate band to tour Europe. The band has subsequently toured several times in Norway, Great Britain, Japan, and central Europe, with a tour to the Mediterranean planned for June.

In October of 2011 the St. Olaf Band performed for King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway during their visit to St. Olaf College.

Video and audio of the St. Olaf Band, as well as more information, can be found at www.stolaf.edu/stolaf-band.

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