Century College Community Concert Band

The Century College Community Concert Band is a 50-member ensemble comprising Century students, community members, and alumni of the Century Concert Band. They represent a wide range of interests and professional careers. The common bond that unites this diverse group is the love of making music.

The primary purpose of the Band is to provide a performance opportunity for those who enjoy playing wind and percussion instruments. Music performed includes a broad spectrum of literature from the Baroque through Contemporary periods.

The Band rehearses each Tuesday evening from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. and presents concerts quarterly at the College.


Concert Schedule

  • Spring Concert - May 4th, 7:30 p.m.


Conductor: Charles Preis

Charles Preis has directed the band since 1997. He graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and the University of Michigan. He has been teaching in the greater Twin Cities area since 1984.

He teaches Music at Edison High School in Minneapolis and directs the Handbell Choir at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Roseville. He is also a member of the Lake Wobegon Brass Band®. He has been a member of the Lakewood/Century Band since 1985.

Mr. Preis looks forward to auditioning potential members. Please contact Mr. Pries via email at charles.preis@century.edu or by phone at (651)485-3924.

Portrait of Charles Pries in front of a painting titled Charles Pries, by Guy Williams.

John P. Zdechlik Memorial Band Scholarship

This scholarship has been set up through the Century College Foundation. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students with credit fees for their future participation in the Concert Band.

Donations can be made at:

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Century College Foundation
3300 Century Avenue, N
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Recorded Performances