Tiffany Strande studied violin performance at Luther College and currently performs with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, the Winona Symphony Orchestra, freelances with various local musicians, and plays with her band, Almost Amish. She currently resides in Chatfield.
1. Music background
Tiffany started playing violin at age 4. She attended the Preucil School of Music in Iowa until she graduated from high school. Her mom was a band director, so she was exposed to many different instruments besides the violin.
2. When you say nothing at all
“I was trained in the Suzuki method, which requires performances as part of the training – along with learning to play by ear. I started performing early, so I have always been pretty comfortable getting up in front of a crowd. As a kid I was very quiet and very introverted, but I was the complete opposite on stage. For me, it was easier to be on stage than to have a conversation with someone. I would rather let my music speak for me.”
3. They’re not barn dancing
Tiffany’s latest project is the Chatfield-based band, Almost Amish, which plays mostly classic rock and Americana. “Almost Amish is the name of the group because we practice in a barn.”
4. Smoke gets in your eyes
“I used to play in a 80s cover band called 2nd Hand. We called ourselves that because everyone smoked in the band except for me and one other person.”
5. We are one
“Some people name their instruments, but my fiddle is an extension of myself. To give it a name would make it something other than myself.”
“I just like to sit back and let things come my way. It has always worked out best for me.”
7. Girl power
“One of my dreams is to start an all-female band. Women are just not recognized as much as men in music. Women are often mothers and caretakers and maybe they don’t have enough time to perform as men, but maybe women aren’t as confident as men are, either. We are so critical of ourselves, and that makes it tough. I’ve seen men get up there and play horribly, but yet they are so confident about how horribly they play! Women are more perfectionistic. I would love to see strong, independent women in the music scene.”
8. Favorite place to play
“I just love playing at weddings. It gives me faith and hope that love can still exist, and I get to see people at their happiest moment in their lives.”
9. Musical style
“I play a little bit of everything – bluegrass, rock, electric violin, Irish Celtic music, and I write a lot of my own music, too. When I am performing by myself, I don’t even tell the audience which songs are mine. It’s kind of fun to sneak them in.”
10. Where to find Tiffany
Tiffany will be playing with Debbie Anthony at Willow Creek Golf Course for the Ronald McDonald House Benefit Concert at 2 p.m. on June 5. She is also playing with Almost Amish on July 8 for the Relay for Life of Fillmore County.