A brief history of the Stoughton Band:

Revived after a hiatus of 49 years the first rehearsal of the band was August 28, 1986 with director Diane Quick.  Less than a year later Millie Gardner (pictured above) became director and continued until she handed the baton to Roger Gohlke (pictured above) in October of 2007.  A highlight came in 1992 when the band appeared at a music festival in Gjovik Norway, Stoughton's Sister City.

 Each year the band performs a Friday night concert the weekend of Syttende Mai and plays in the Sunday Parade.  Other performances include Memorial Day Ceremonies, combined concerts with the Oregon Band, several summer concerts and a combined Christmas Concert with the Stoughton Festival Choir, performed in the beautiful restored Stoughton Opera House, pictured at right.  Roger Gohlke, who retired in 1994, was the high school band director in Stoughton for 31 years and continues to play with the Madison area Retro Swing 18 piece big band, leads his own 9 piece Second Swing Around band, and subs with The Jack Farina band in Beloit.