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For Immediate Release

Capsule: Strings, Winds & Brass - Southeast Technical's Annual Variety Showcase
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7 pm (doors 6:30 pm)
The Sheldon Theatre, 443 West Third Street, Red Wing, MN
Tickets: 800-899-5759,, or at the box office

Voices, guitars, violins, brass, piano and more: Strings, Winds & Brass at The Sheldon on April 16

Southeast Technical students and staff showcase their talents at The Sheldon Theatre for "Strings, Winds & Brass" variety showcase

Strings, Winds & Brass 2016

Red Wing, MN (March 24, 2016) - From classical to pop, blues to bluegrass and beyond, Strings, Winds & Brass is an opportunity for the college students (and staff) of Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in Red Wing to share their talents at the college's annual variety showcase. 

This year's performance of Strings, Winds & Brass takes place at The Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing on Saturday, April 16 at 7 pm. Tickets are available in the college bookstore, the Sheldon Theatre box office, and at

Southeast Technical's world-renowned band, guitar, and violin repair programs attract talented musicians from across the United States. In this year's show, more than 20 performers from as far afield as Idaho, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Florida will take the stage. 

Classical selections include Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" arranged for brass quintet, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Music of the Night" performed by lyric baritone Ethan Sherman. Violin repair instructor Lisbeth Nelson Butler will play "Ashokan Farewell," a beautiful violin melody by Molly Mason and Jay Ungar. Tenor William Jon Gerlock will sing the haunting Irish classic, "Danny Boy."  

The variety continues with rock, blues, and folk guitar performances; the pop song "Say Something" interpreted by a vocal duet with piano and string bass; and a rollicking bluegrass group, The Sodbusters.

This year's featured performers are:


  • Carrie Allen, poet
  • Michael Livingston, tuba; Joseph Rach, piano
  • Kyle Nelson, guitar 
  • Blind Leading (Daniel Bernstrom, piano, vocals; Katryn Conlin, vocals; John Potts, string bass)
  • Billy J. Kezar, guitar and voice
  • Ethan Sherman, lyric baritone (with the Eagle Swoops Quintet)
  • Machine Delilah (Loui Miller and Jairus Paulus, guitars and voice)
  • Hoover/Potts Blues Implosion (Gregg Hoover, guitar; John Potts, electric bass)
  • William Jon Gerlock, voice and violin; Sherry Gerlock, piano
  • Eagle Swoops Quintet (Steven Clark, trumpet; Brian DeGayner, horn; Andrew Fridsma, trombone; Michael Livingston, tuba; Yue Xiong, trumpet)
  • Lisbeth Nelson Butler, violin
  • The Sod Busters (Ron Stafford, guitar; Phil Nusbaum, banjo; John Potts, string bass)


Advance tickets are $14.50 adults, $8.50 students. Tickets are an additional $3 if purchased day of show. For tickets, call The Sheldon (651-388-8700, toll free 800-899-5759), visit the box office, or go to Advance tickets are also available at the Southeast Technical bookstore. All tickets are general admission; doors open at 6:30 day of show. 

For press information, contact Katryn Conlin, 651-385-6364 or 


About Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical


Southeast Technical is a two-year institution that provides its students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need for a lifetime of learning. With more than 30 programs of study and 90 degree, diploma, and certificate options, many students are prepared to launch a career in a technical or trade field as soon as they graduate. Others begin the pathway to a four-year bachelor's degree by earning transferable college credits in liberal arts and sciences. The Winona campus opened in 1949, merging with the Red Wing campus in 1992 and becoming Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in 1999. Southeast Technical is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. For more information, visit

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