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Ameriikan Poijat to perform in Cloquet

If you missed this band perform at FinnFest, there is another opportunity. As a kickoff to the fall exhibit at the Carlton County Historical Society on Bands of the County, the world renowned brass ensemble will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14...

If you missed this band perform at FinnFest, there is another opportunity.

As a kickoff to the fall exhibit at the Carlton County Historical Society on Bands of the County, the world renowned brass ensemble will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Presbyterian Church in Cloquet. Refreshments will follow.

The brass septet "Ameriikan Poijat" (Boys of America) has been appearing at ethnic festivals, regional tours, and music conferences, presenting authentic social dance music and concert repertoire. During the 1980s, Paul Niemist', the group's founder, made contact with many Finnish brass players and discovering this relatively unknown musical tradition. In 1990 the group was formed, made up primarily of Midwestern musicians of Finnish descent.

Ameriikan Poijat has evolved around the beautiful charm of the old music and dance arrangements, and has enjoyed popularity among Finnish American festival-goers. Although the septet had a limited existence among Finnish communities in the U.S., the music played by Ameriikan Poijat is quite familiar, being many of the same pieces heard played by accordion or salon orchestra.

These brass players find the septet repertoire to be both meaningful ethnic art, as well as having a musicality attractive to all listeners.

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