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Raspberry Festival of Bands

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Hopkins Downtown Park
16 9th Ave S
Hopkins, MN 55343

We invite you to come to Hopkins to enjoy the many Family Day activities on Mainstreet and to stop in at Downtown Park where you can relax in the shade and enjoy the band music.



Time   Band

10:00 AM   Hopkins Youth Wind Orchestra
11:00 AM   Eden Prairie Community Band
12:00 PM   Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band
1:00 PM   Fridley City Band
2:00 PM   Richfield Symphonic Band
3:00 PM  

Hopkins Westwind Concert Band

Hopkins Youth Wind Orchestra

The Hopkins Youth Wind Orchestra is an all new summer concert band for area students in grades 8-12. Our students chose to come together to be challenged through great music, continue to play instruments in the summer, and have fun with new and old friends across many grade levels. Our summer experience will culminate in a free public performance on July 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hopkins High School Little Theater.  

Eden Prairie Community Band

The Eden Prairie Community Band is an adult community band, initiated in 1973.

Since then, the band has played hundreds of concerts indoors and outdoors, locally and oversees, provided pit orchestras for musicals and even marched in parades. Its December "Share the Warmth" concert brings in food and clothing for People Reaching Out to People, PROP.    Volunteers from the band also participate in Adopt a Highway litter clean up each spring. The band has two components, a Concert Band and the Jazz on the Prairie Big Band. The band’s small subsets include the Prairie Ramblers, the Dixieland ensemble, and woodwind and brass ensembles. The band is open to adult musicians and all instrumentalists are welcome.

For more information on the Community Band and the summer concert venue visit or

Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band

The Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band is a community band headquartered in the northern Twin Cities suburb of Shoreview, Minnesota.  Originally dubbed the “Shoreview Symphonic Band”, they formed as a small group of twelve in 1994, for the purpose of providing entertainment at that summer’s “Slice of Shoreview” celebration. From these modest beginnings, the Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band has grown to over 80 members, with ages ranging from the teens to the eighties. The band “family” includes several real families, including mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and children. True to the “Variety” in its name, the group plays a varied repertoire, including classical transcriptions, jazz, marches, pop music, show tunes and the traditional concert band repertoire.  The Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band maintains an active concert schedule. The year is highlighted by two formal concerts, performed at Bethel University’s Benson Great Hall in the Spring and in December. The Band also performs in a number of north suburban community celebrations, including events in White Bear Lake, Roseville and Shoreview. The Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band is under the direction of Music Director Dr. Michael Scott.  SNLVB is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization and is governed by an elected Board of Directors. The band welcomes new Facebook fans! Find out more about the band at

Fridley City Band

The Fridley City Band formed in 1961 when some band parents got together to play for a high school band event. They had so much fun they invited their friends and we have been playing music ever since. Our group plays year round performing concerts at senior retirement complexes and parks in Faribault, Zumbrota, St Paul, and Fridley.  The band's annual pops concert with the NE Orchestra is always a highlight of the year. We have a smaller group we call the Old Time Band or German Band which is particularly busy in October. The band rehearses weekly at the Fridley Middle School on Monday evenings from 7:15–8:45. We welcome all players who want to come have a good time making music together. 

Richfield Symphonic Band

The Richfield Symphonic Band has been sharing the magic of making music with its members and the public since 1979. The band is a freestanding nonprofit loosely affiliated with the City of Richfield. We are bound together by our enthusiamsm for making music. An enthusiasm that timelessly reaches thru the generations binding young and old together in creating an enjoyment that enriches an important part of our lives.

We hope to share that enthusiasm and enjoyment with the public thru our performances. Our repertoire includes show tunes, patriotic music, concert band pieces, marches, circus music, and anything else that catches our collective ears. In addition to concerts in several parks and shared programs with area schools, the band has been selected to perform at official state observances of Veteran’s Day (Inver Grove Heights) and Memorial Day (Fort Ripley).

Since membership constantly fluctuates all membership inquiries are welcome. More information about band membership, band history, and a good collection of music jokes, is available at, or contact us by email

Hopkins Westwind Concert Band

The Hopkins Westwind Concert Band (HWCB) was organized in 1983 by Minnetonka resident R. G. Wolf to provide a place in the western suburbs for adult musicians to play. The band has grown steadily from 13 to more than 75 musicians on its active roster. Serving as “Goodwill Ambassadors,” the HWCB performs throughout the area in parks, senior centers, churches, festivals, and concert halls. The HWCB was honored to be selected to perform the opening day concert at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in November 1997.


The Hopkins Westwind Concert Band has hosted the “Raspberry Festival of Bands” for 30 years. This event showcases five community bands in the metro area. For the first few years, the event was held at Maetzold Field after the Parade on the last Sunday of the Festival. For the next 15 years, it was moved to a Showmobile at the corner of Twelfth Ave. and Mainstreet and was included as part of Saturday’s “Family Day.” Following the construction of the band shell in Downtown Park, the Raspberry Festival of Bands has been presented at that location. It historically has drawn crowds to the park and has become a destination for many folks.


The Raspberry Festival of Bands is part of The Hopkins Raspberry Festival Family Day.

July 14, 2018 10:00 AM   through   4:00 PM
Downtown Park
40 9th Ave S
Hopkins, MN 55343
United States

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