Gate City Jazz Band will perform at Westby


The Gate City Jazz Band will perform at the Westby Area Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, October 5 at 7 p.m.

Gate City was formed in 1978 in Winona, Minnesota. The members at the time felt there was a need for live music so they formed a Dixieland Band. The group has gone through many changes over the decades with many good players. Their music is exciting and very entertaining. Current band members include Dr. Dan Barr of Bluff Siding on keyboards and vocalist Margaret Cassidy, clarinetist Dr. Frank Bures, tuba player Tim Gleason and drummer Steve Kulas, all of Winona. Originally from La Crosse, Fred Dodd on banjo and Mike Snusted on trumpet. Bandleader, singer and trombonist Ken Bloom resides in St. Charles, Minnesota.

General admission tickets are $10 (available at and at the door), with proceeds going to the Fine Arts Foundation of the Westby Area (FAFWA). These funds will help the foundation continue to fulfill its mission of supporting artistic excellence in the town of Westby, as well as Coon Valley, Chaseburg, Viroqua and other Driftless communities, whose hallmark completion was in 2018. of the Westby Area Performing Arts. Center in partnership with the Westby Area School District.

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The fine dining establishment Westby KOS—A Gastropub is partnering with FAWFA for this event by offering a special dinner menu with seating from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. prior to the event. As a supporting partner, $5 per plate of this fixed price menu for one evening only will be donated to FAFWA. You can learn more about your menu choices and get a number to make your reservations by visiting the FAFWA website or the KOS Facebook page:

To date, FAFWA has donated over $900,000 to the Westby Area School District in hopes of reaching the $1 million mark soon. FAFWA awards a scholarship each year to a Westby graduate who has been involved in the fine arts. To learn more about FAFWA or to become a supporter, visit the website or find them on Facebook at

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Henry R. Wright