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. Almost all concerts are held at the
band shell in Columbia
Park in Marshfield.
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. A youngster is designated to be the parade
leader, and all of the younger children in the audience are
encouraged to participate in the "parade". While the band plays
its march, the parade leader is free to lead the parade wherever
they like throughout the park. Following the conclusion of
each week's parade, this past summer, a free single serve
custard cone was donated by Culver's
Restaurant of Marshfield, to each parade participant.
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.