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  • Highland Guitar Ensemble for Adults (ages 18+)

    Do you love to play classical guitar in a group setting? Join this unique ensemble for weekly rehearsals to play and perform a variety of music scheduled throughout the year. Intermediate to advanced level music reading skills are recommended. No auditions. Bring your six-string classical guitar and plan to join the fun!
  • South of the River Community Band

    Now in its 30th year, the South of the River Community Band is a 60 to 65 member inter-generational band. Teens through older adults are welcome. No auditions are required. Rehearsals are Sunday afternoons, September to May, from 4:30-6pm at Black Hawk Middle School (BHMS), 1540 Deerwood Drive in Eagan. Band members enjoy playing and performing an assortment of music, including marches, Big Band, classical, popular, jazz and more. Performances are presented throughout the year, including summer concerts in parks. Members are asked to purchase a band shirt to wear at concerts. if you would like to join please go to our website and read the information on the "How to Join" page. For more information about the band or upcoming concerts, visit Supported by District 196 Community Education.
  • Valley Winds Community Band

    The Valley Winds is a new community band from Apple Valley serving the south metro. Their mission is to give adults an outlet for performing a wide variety of quality wind band literature with excellence and have fun doing it. Further, the Valley Winds provides an opportunity for individual musical expression and growth among the membership. The band practices Wednesday nights from 7:00-9:00 in the Falcon Ridge Middle School Band Room at 12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Road. Valley Winds will perform several indoor and outdoor concerts during the year. For more information or to join this exciting new group, please contact director Tedd Gullickson at
  • Velvet Tones

    The Velvet Tones, the Apple Valley-based senior community choir, will begin rehearsals on Thursday, September 7th at 3:30 PM at Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley. This non-auditioned choir is welcome to anyone 55 years or older who loves to sing and be part of a wonderful community. Interested members are invited to attend a rehearsal. Music will be provided. The Velvet Tones perform approximately twice a month throughout the year for audiences at festivals, senior living homes, veterans homes, schools and churches. Visit our website at or contact Director Julie Berninghaus at or 612-229-7363. The Velvet Tones are sponsored by Grace Lutheran Church, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Minnesota Arts Board, the American Legion and the Apple Valley Senior Center.