When the United States flag becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, it is time to replace it with a new flag, and the old flag should be “retired” with all the dignity and respect befitting as a symbol of our nation. Like a fallen soldier, a flag that is being retired must be handled with reverence and dignity. The traditional method of retirement is to incinerate the flag, but this does not mean we simply drop the flag into the fire. Instead, the flag, like that fallen soldier, will be properly encased and prepared for cremation and burial.
Don’t miss this awesome ceremony with patriotic music; from the Eastern Iowa Brass Band from Mount Vernon, Iowa . Join Susie Weinacht to a reading of all the names of fallen soldier from Iowa during the war in Afganistan and Iraq.
Sunday, June 28th. Ceremony begins at 3:30pm
Flag retirement webpage: http://eibb.us/bl
Bring your lawn chairs and join the Eastern Iowa Brass Band for the “Music On Main” summer concert series. Solon, Iowa is hosting the EIBB for a 7pm concert on Wednesday, June 24th.
Attendees are urged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic basket to enjoy music and the community. Rain location for the concerts will be St. Mary Catholic Church.
Several businesses and organizations have contributed to the 2015 concert series: the City of Solon, the Solon Beef Days Committee, the Solon Women’s Club, Adam Haluska/Edward Jones, Ellison Insurance, Fitzpatrick Chiropractic, the Solon Barbershop, Kathy Hanes, El Sol Mexican Cuisine, Frida Kahlo Mexican Restaurant and Lucy’s Bakery, the Solon Economist, Big Grove Brewery, Mottinger Real Estate Group and Bridge Community Bank.
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band Spring Concert is Saturday, April 25th, 7:30 PM at the Mt Vernon Middle School Auditorium.
The program features six movements of the Scottish highland inspired work, Hymn of the Highlands by Philip Sparke. The movements feature many members of the band including Dennis Modracek, e-flat cornet; Paul Waech, solo cornet; Judy Stine, tenor horn, Ben Reid, baritone horn and Todd Bransky, euphonium. There are places in this work where the ensemble music will send chills up and down your spine with its intensity and emotion.
For the second half of the program, the band plans to sit “big band” style and will feature Neal Hefti’s Cute and a gospel traditional Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus as well as the EIBB Young Artist Competition winners: Harlequin features Benjamin Ostrem, the high school division winner from Montezuma High School and Xylophonia features Collin Smith, the collegiate division winner from Cornell College.
Hope you can come. It is shaping up to be a fun and emotionally moving evening of brass music!
Here is a nice review of the EIBB’s concert performance in Oelwein, Iowa on Sunday, March 1st:
OELWEIN – On Sunday, March 1, the Eastern Iowa Brass Band based in Mt. Vernon, performed at the Williams Center for the Arts. According to Doug McFarlane, director of the Williams Center for the Arts, the audience of around 250 was treated to brass band music at its best.
This concert was the first performance in the William’s Center March Madness musical blitz, and according to McFarlane, it was nothing short of phenomenal. The band includes around 50 musicians from high school aged to 70 plus. He said it was obvious these players have dedicated themselves to attaining a high quality of musicianship.
McFarlane expressed, “The Eastern Iowa Brass Band is one of the finest brass bands in the United States. They have toured the Midwest as ambassadors for Iowa. Brass bands perform a variety of music, but are most known for marches and hymns.”
A couple of the hymn tunes performed were: “How Great Thou Art” and “Abide With Me.” The final selection on the program was Henry Fillmore’s march “The Circus Bee.”