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North Iowa Band Festival

The North Iowa Band Festival is the largest free marching band competition in the Midwest. Tourism-related expenditures contributed an estimated $136.18 million into Mason City’s economy in 2018. In Cerro Gordo County, tourism generated an estimated $214.46 million in visitor spending, a record for the county and the 11th highest County level in the State. Tourism related jobs employed nearly 1,570 people in Cerro Gordo County.


2020 Band Fesitval Spirit Week

The COVID-19 pandemic rained on our parade and cancelled the regular Band Festival celebrated in 2020, however, festival organizers still found a way to celebrate. "Spirit Week" took the place of the traditional festival with activities to honor Mason City's rich musical heritage, including online musical performances, a memorial at Meredith Willson's gravesite, and a big reverse parade.

Save the date for the 2021 North Iowa Band Festival, Memorial Weekend May 27-31, 2021.

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NOTE: If you are interested in entering a convertible to transport royalty, honorees, etc. in the parade, please contact Stephanie at the Chamber.


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2020 Band Festival Sponsors

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Drum Major Sponsors


John K. & Luise V. Hanson Foundation


Band Master Sponsors


David & Phyllis Murphy Charitable Foundation


Flag Corps Sponsors

Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co. - Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Mason City - MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center - North Iowa Area Community College - POET Biorefining-Hanlontown - REG Mason City, LLC

In-Kind Sponsors

98.7 Kiss Country / 103.7 The Fox - Alpha Media, USA - City of Mason City - Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co. - Control Print Creative - Convertible Drivers - Culligan Water Conditioning - D&D Printing - Decker Sports - Domino's Pizza - Fat Hill Brewing - Globe Gazette - Henkel Construction Co. - KIMT News 3 - LeDoux Signs - Mason City RentAll - Trinity Lutheran Church

For information on how to become an In-Kind Sponsor, please contact us!

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Band Festival Videos

  • Interview with 2019 Band Festival Royalty

    Chris Frenz, who typically serves as the master of ceremonies for the Festival, interviewed the 2019 North Iowa Band Festival King Jacob VerHelst (Central Springs) and Queen Alana Noss (Rockford) to see...

  • 2020 Meredith Willson Memorial Program

    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...


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