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The band currently consists of
approximately 70 members. Many of those members have been with
the band for many years. The members of the band, in any given
year, represent a wide cross-section of the community, ranging
from high school students all the way through senior citizens.
In the past, we've had members in their 80's. They also
represent a wide range of musical talent. Some of our members
are retired professional or semi-professional musicians and
current and retired music teachers. While many are from
the immediate Marshfield area, some come from outlying
communities as well, including Neillsville, Hewitt, Auburndale,
Milladore, Pittsville, Wisconsin Rapids, Spencer, Chili, Loyal,
Granton, Colby and Abbotsford.
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. All of the younger children in the audience
are encouraged to participate in the "parade". While the band
plays its 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.
For more information about the
Marshfield Civic Band, contact Robert Johanek at (715) 387-3659,
or write to him at 1901 S. Cedar Ave., Marshfield, WI 54449, or
e-mail to: email@example.com
This Website Is
Dedicated In Memory Of Jean Marie McHugh
Aug. 12, 1940-Feb. 10, 1997
Jeannie played the French horn,
and was a 23-year member of the Marshfield Civic Band as well as
a charter member of the Wood County Symphony. She also founded
and organized the Royal Brass Quintet. She had attended the
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she majored in
She will be sadly missed by
her many friends and fellow musicians.
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