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ATTENTION: The City of Marshfield Finance Committee Meeting, at which the band's budget will be discussed, will be held in the council chambers at city hall, at 6 PM on Thursday, August 29th! This is a correction to the information printed in the Sousa Concert program!!!
Regular season concerts are
held on Wednesday nights starting at 7:30 PM. The concert season
begins in mid-June and continues through the month of July. All
concerts are free
to the public. Most concerts are held at the band
shell in Columbia
Park in Marshfield(201
W. Arnold St., Marshfield, WI).
The band performs a wide variety
of music, including(but not limited to): Broadway show tunes,
movie scores, marches, overtures, novelty pieces, even an
occasional polka or waltz!
What makes the band unique is that the musicians see the music for any given concert only once or twice before the performance. Compared with most school bands, who have weeks or months to practice a piece of music before a public performance, the Civic Band relies upon the experience of its members.
A popular feature of regular
season concerts held at the band shell is the "kiddie
parade". At some point during the concert, the band plays
a selected march. All of the younger children in the audience
are encouraged to participate in the "parade". While the band
plays the march, the children lead the parade through the
park. Following the conclusion of each week's parade, EACH
child(parade participant) is then given a token for a free ice
cream cone from Culver's
Restaurant of Marshfield.
The current conductor of the Marshfield Civic Band is Robert Johanek, who assumed that position in 2003. James A. Rasmussen of Marshfield had formerly held the position, since 1963. Robert was also the band director for Marshfield Elementary Schools in Marshfield, Wisconsin.