In honor of Meredith Willson’s birthday and the North Iowa Band Festival, Mason City High School Drum Majors paid a tribute at Elmwood Cemetery. Senior Drum Major Bailey Gunderson, Junior Drum Major Shaye Theobald, and Chamber staff practiced social distancing during the memorial to Willson.
A short program took place at 9AM on Monday, May 18 at Willson’s renovated gravesite. The North Iowa Band Festival began as a simple celebration of North Iowa’s musical heritage. Now, in its eighth decade, it has grown to a large community festival, complete with a parade, variety of entertainment, marching band competitions, and carnival and is traditionally held over Memorial Day weekend. This year, 2020, is the first time since WWII that the festival activities have been cancelled.
A recording is posted below and on the Band Festival and Chamber Facebook pages. More information on the 2020 North Iowa Band Festival cancellation can be found here.
Due to the wind and social distancing, the sound quality is subpar. To view the program script, click here.