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Folk Album Release: "Holidays with The Band"

November 1st is the official release date of the album "Holidays with The Band" featuring The Brass Barn Polka Band. It features my arrangements of traditional holiday tunes performed by some of my favorite musicians in the Twin-Cities area. Here's a complete list of tracks and musicians;

1. Jolly Old St. Nicholas

2. I Saw Three Ships

3. Jingle Bells

4. Up On The Housetop

5. God Rest Ye

6. O Tannenbaum

7. Deck The Halls

8. Silent Night

Adam Berndt - Arranger/Producer/Trumpet

Adam Meckler - Trumpet

Adam Rossmiller - Trumpet

Brian Handeland - Alto Sax

Gus Sandberg - Tenor Sax

Steven Hobert - Accordion/Elec. Piano

Nathan Waller - Accordion

Eric Ebeling - Tuba

Adam Rappel - Percussion

Album recorded at The Solar Studio, recording and mixing services with Bryan Schumann, recording engineer.

Album artwork by Tim Nyberg, Octane Creative.

There isn't enough that can be said about how much fun or, perhaps more accurately, fulfilling it can be to work with such fantastic musicians. These musicians are what I would call high-caliber artists; all with music degrees (some with masters or doctorate degrees). On the whole they run their own big band groups, they're educators, they perform with high profile orchestras like the Minnesota Orchestra, they've toured with Broadway productions, they compose music (modern concert music and jazz), they have their own albums out... Every time we play a gig together and talk at any length about who we are and what we do people are surprised that such talent has come together to play folk music together - and we love doing it. I'm lucky to be able to associate myself with these artists.

The arrangements for this album were written to highlight the talents of the musicians - the first six tracks are folk-polka and traditional brass-band-leaning arrangements. The last two are jazz oriented and feature some of our most accomplished jazz artists; Adam Meckler (trumpet), Brian Handeland (alto sax), Gus Sandberg (tenor sax), and Steven Hobert (accordion and electric piano). This is something we'll do regularly at gigs as well, perform largely traditional polka and end our set (or last set) with pop and jazz arrangements - it seemed wholly appropriate to present this holiday album with the same coloration-of-genre.

The album is available at CD Baby ( as well as other online retailers. Thank you for your interest! If you're interested in current projects I have a twitter handle @berndtcomposer or Adam Berndt - Composer on facebook, The Brass Barn Polka Band is @Brassbarnpolka on twitter and can be found on facebook as well. I encourage you to find the artists involved in this project on social media as well - they are fantastic artists with projects of their own for you to discover and support!

If you have a folk ensemble of your own or you're an educator and would like these arrangements for your students use the CONTACT page on this website and get in touch!


- Arranging begins Sept/Oct 2016

- Session schedule organized May/June 2017

- Recording dates - Aug 14, 16, 17, 24 of 2017. Aug 14, 16, 17 at The Solar Studio, Minneapolis. Aug 24 at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in New Brighton, MN.

- Mixing/Mastering session with Bryan Schumann at The Solar Studio - Sept. 17

- Album release Nov 1, 2017

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