About the Band

“If the bandstand is the crown in the community,  the Brass Band is the jewel in the crown.”   Paul Maybery

Founded by Jim Perkins in 1969, the Chatfield Brass Band started as a strictly male brass band and eventually became a full concert band that also included women.  For over 50 years, the Chatfield Brass Band has maintained a rich tradition of community concerts and parade performances. Our members range in age from 16 to 85 and hail from 15 communities throughout SE Minnesota. We strive to give our members the experience of performing many types of band literature from classical to marches to musicals.

In addition to an eight week  “Music in the Park” summer concert series, the band performs throughout the year in area parades and concerts,  sponsors the Western Days Friday Night Jam, and presents a community Holiday Concert on the second Sunday of December.

In June of 2000, the band and City of Chatfield dedicated the Chatfield Band Shell in the centrally located city park, built with $81,000 of community donations. Although the band has always performed concerts in the park, the band shell allowed a full summer concert series to become a reality.

Brass/Christmas Concert

The Chatfield Brass Band, Inc. also operates the Chatfield Music Lending Library. The library has an immense cataloged collection of band, orchestra, and sheet music that they lend to the public. The music lending library gives the band a unique opportunity to perform classic band literature that may be out of print and unavailable elsewhere. Read our latest 2020 newsletter.

Our Conductor

Carmen Carter Narveson has directed the band since 1999. She is a retired music educator with 38 years of teaching experience. She currently gives adult music lessons, directs church choir, and is active in many community organizations.

“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things”. Tom Petty

Board Members & Staff

President Ellen Grabau
Vice President Amy Koenigs
Secretary Theresa Hayden
Treasurer Susan Johnson
Ex Officio Jerel Nielsen & Carmen Narveson
Conductor Carmen Narveson
At Large  Sharyol O’Connor

Board terms are for two years with elections taking place in November of odd years.