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North Iowa Band Festival Spirit Week

Despite the heartbreaking cancellation of the 2020 North Iowa Band Festival, the community can enjoy “spirit week” activities – from a distance. Daily activities will honor Mason City’s rich musical heritage and will incorporate a new version of traditional Band Festival entertainment. Meredith Willson’s birthday and the North Iowa Band Festival were celebrated on Monday…
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Band Festival Cancelled – First Time Since WWII

MASON CITY, IA – The Chamber of Commerce announces the cancellation of the 2020 North Iowa Band Festival, scheduled for May 21-25. The festival, Mason City’s signature event which serves as the unofficial kick-off to the summer season, brings thousands of music lovers to the community and provides a healthy economic boost. The Chamber of…
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MCHS Drum Majors Celebrate Meredith Willson

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…
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North Iowa Band Festival Reminders

The community is gearing up for the 81st Annual North Iowa Band Festival, which begins Thursday, May 23 in Mason City. Thursday evening’s entertainment begins at 6PM in the Downtown Plaza (weather permitting) and features the John Adams Middle School Band and the season-opening performance of the Mason City Municipal Band. Parade SafetySeveral of the…
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