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Schell's Hobo Band to perform on campus Sept. 18

Schell’s Hobo Band will perform circus-style music Sunday, Sept. 18, in a Performance Series concert.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [9-13-11]

Schell’s Hobo Band will perform circus-style music Sunday, Sept. 18, in a Performance Series concert at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The event will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

The Hobo Band was founded in 1946 by Les Magers, a World War II veteran who played tuba in the 85th Army Band during World War II. After the war Magers and fellow veterans started the band.

In 1948 the August Schell Brewing Company of New Ulm began sponsoring the band, and since then it has been known as the Schell’s Hobo Band. The band was inducted to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

“We’re known for our antics and fun songs,” says Gerard Aloisio, a Minnesota State Mankato music faculty member who plays trombone in the band. “We play a lot of fun novelty and circus tunes, marches, regional favorites and some polka.”

The band has always mixed traditional military music with circus music because circus bands were widespread at the time of the band’s founding.

“Everybody wants the Hobos in a parade, because every generation has seen them,” Aloisio says.

The ensemble still plays the same music and dresses the same way it did 50 years ago. Current members range in age from 20 to 90 years. By summer’s end, the band will have performed in 22 parades and 12 concerts.

Tickets are $15 for general public and $13 for students with a valid MavCard. Those who wish to purchase tickets online may go to Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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