Friday, September 20, 2013

REAL Program Info Coming Soon

Hang tight...we're putting the finishing touches on the program and getting the website put together.  We'll be posting here as soon as we get a chance!  See you all soon!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New videos up!

Hi CSBQ friends and fans!

Just a quick note to let you know we've been hard at work updating our videos - we have 4 that are new on YouTube:

CSBQ concert sampler:

CSBQ electronics demo and Sting - Fields of Gold:

Edgar Meyer - Sliding Down:

Mozart - Queen of the Night:

And all these are on our Facebook and Twitter pages too: and

Please feel free to share, email, like, forward, tweet, wuphf, or whatever to take 'em viral! :-)

We've been having fun this year performing for diverse communities across the Upper Midwest, as well as educating a ton of great young musicians in band programs and public schools all across Minnesota and beyond! We've been getting some really good traction with our concerts lately and have been performing for packed concert halls, which has been great!

Curious as to where The CSBQ will be next? Check out the calendar to the right! --->

Enjoy the videos, keep in touch, and thanks for all your support. See you at an upcoming show!


Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Hey everyone -

Just a quick note before we finish up the year and take some vacation time...we just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all our fans, friends, and colleagues for supporting us through 2012. We had such an awesome year, and we couldn't have reached as many students and communities without your support.

Happy holidays, and we'll see you in 2013!



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Update, post-residencies!

Hi everyone!

It's been a while since we've blogged - we've been out on the road performing and teaching a ton this past month.

During October, we performed 8 concerts and gave over 60 classroom showcases to students from kindergarten through high schoolers while on multi-day educational residencies in the Minnesota communities of Hastings, Karlstad, Nevis, Harmony, and Hinckley, and also Underwood, ND.

We've had a great time meeting community members at our night performances, and we have taught so many great students - from performing K-4 lyceums in packed gymnasiums, to performing with high school and middle school bands, to rehearsing with entire band programs, to advanced brass masterclasses focusing on technique and sound.

Check our calendar for updates - we've got a ton of gigs in the Twin Cities metro in Nov/Dec, so we hope to see you at an upcoming show!


Monday, September 17, 2012

9/17/12 Update!

Hey everyone,
Just a quick post to let you know what we've been up to lately. Our 12-13 season is underway and we're in full-swing! Rehearsals for our upcoming shows have been going well, and we've got a ton of new music for our concerts - a new Piazzolla tango, a couple arrangements of Adele tunes, and a really nice folk tune by Edgar Meyer. Of course, a good mix of our favorites are still on the shows - Blue Rondo a la Turk, The Best of Queen, and Ben Folds' Fred Jones part 2.

This Thursday we'll be down in Hastings, MN performing all day for the high school and middle school band classes. We'll also be giving masterclasses throughout the day - we're excited to be performing some of the first educational shows of the season down in Hastings!

Other exciting news: Allison and Tim will be presenting a seminar called "Signing on the Dotted Line: Entrepreneurship in the Arts" during the morning of the September 29th Making It In The Arts conference at St. Olaf College. They'll also be hosting break-out sessions, as well as leading an "ask-the-artist" session on musical entrepreneurship in the afternoon. More info is here:

If you haven't yet, check out our upcoming CD RELEASE EVENTS:

CD Release Recital: October 2 - Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music - Doors 6:30pm, Music 7pm

CD Release Concert & Party: October 4 - Bryant-Lake Bowl - Doors 6pm, Music 7pm

Hope everyone is having a great start to their fall!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hi friends!

News time-

1.  Thanks to everyone who came out to the fair last week in the rain!  Somehow we've managed to make it through 3 years (7 shows) at the fair without even the thought of rain, so it was bound to happen.  Everyone in the crowd was lookin' fly in their ponchos and umbrellas :)

2.  Our CD is here!  I'm planning some big announcements via email, etc but we've just been so darn busy!  You can grab your very own copy on our web store here.  It will be up on iTunes and other download sites soon...that seems to be taking a while but the process is rolling.

3. Quick rundown of upcoming events:  our last gig of the season at the fair is on Sunday from 2-3 @ the MPR Stage on the corner of Judson and Nelson.  We'll also be performing for the first time at the Concrete and Grass Festival in Lowertown, St. Paul on Sept 8th.  More details here.

4.  We're spending a lot of time this month getting our tour show ready for October concerts and ramping up for the two CD release events in October.  I'll be rolling out some marketing stuff for those shows soon.  You can grab your tickets to the MacPhail show at a discount from our ticket store here, and tix for the Oct 4th show at Bryant Lake Bowl are available from them here.

That's it for now!  Cheers! AH

Thursday, August 23, 2012

What a busy summer!

Hey everyone!

If you've been wondering where we've been lately you have good reason...we've been away from the blog and Facebook for quite a while.  We have some really cool stuff coming up, so I wanted to give you an update on what we've been up to.

All of our work for our new classical CD is nearly finished!  We began tracking (recording) in February, did all the editing and mastering this summer, created the packaging a few weeks ago, and finally tomorrow afternoon we will pick up the CDs from Noiseland, our manufacturer.  This was a really big project for us, but a fun one as well.  We will be rolling our our new discs for the first time at our MN state fair performances on 8/25 and 9/2 and have two CD release events happening in October to celebrate in style!

Save the date for October 2nd and 4th - our two CD release events.  The first is a more formal concert at MacPhail in downtown Minneapolis, and the gig on the 4th is a concert/party at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.  Both shows start at 7:00 p.m., check our calendar for more info and to buy tickets.  See you there!

We just got back yesterday from our annual retreat in Wisconsin - more on that later - and we're really excited about several new tunes for our tour show this year!  After some much needed vacation time this summer we're happy to be back at it and ready to kick off our season at the fair on Saturday!

There will be more info to come, so stay tuned and thanks for reading!