What other town should stake claim to the best 4th of July Celebration than a town named after our nation’s fame?
With an array of musical entertainment, activities for people of all ages, great food, drink, and Iowa’s most awesome and awe inspiring fireworks over the beautiful Wapsipinicon River in Independence, you will not be disappointed.
This is one of Des Moines Register’s “10 GREAT EVENTS”. Everybody observes the Fourth of July, Independence celebrates it!
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band will perform a variety of Patriotic selections and family friendly music beginning at 1pm. Please bring a lawn chair and join us at the bandstand for a wonderful afternoon of music.
What is a chocolate stroll you ask? According to the Mt. Vernon Lisbon Sun website:
“Lots of chocolate!” – The second annual Chocolate Stroll, organized by the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group, is set for Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in uptown Mount Vernon.
More than 20 local and regional chocolate vendors will be in the uptown area. Local and regional musicians will also be performing at the gazebo in Memorial Park as well as the First Street Community Center.
“We have definitely upped our game this year,” said Chocolate Stroll committee chair Trude Elliott. “Not only are we offering more chocolate vendors in more storefronts along Mount Vernon’s main street, but we also are offering street performers throughout the day, as well as returning headliners The Eddie Piccard Jazz Quartet and The Eastern Iowa Brass Band.”
Bring your lawn chairs and join us for a FREE concert beginning at 11am. The band will perform a wonderful variety of music including:
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band will close its 2010-2011 concert season on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mt. Vernon District Auditorium in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Conducting the concert will be Joshua Thompson, a Visiting Artist at Cornell College in the Department of Music, where he directs the Wind Ensemble. Josh is also a trumpet performer and Iowa City area teacher, as well as a candidate for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy with an emphasis on Instrumental Conducting at the University of Iowa.
The concert will include pieces such as “Year of the Dragon” by Phillip Sparke, “Bring Him Home,” from Les Miserables with solo by Dennis Modracek on E-flat Cornet, and “American Celebration,” by William Himes, which features the middle school students of Roger DeYoung, Todd Bransky, and Joshua Thompson.
Tickets are available at the door: $10 adult, $4 student.
The EIBB welcomes Lee Tippe, Ray Colony, and Dave Parsons to the board of directors.
The band held its annual board meeting on January 13th before their regular rehearsal. Members of the board, as well as the committee chairs, presented their annual reports to the band membership. A recap of the past year’s treasurer report, concerts, sales, and goals were all discussed. Before the meeting concluded, the band voted on the slate of candidates and elected Lee, Ray, and Dave to the board.
All members are looking forward to a wonderful 2011 season as well as celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.
A committee is being formed to look into special events, merchandise, and concerts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band. If you would like to join our anniversary committee or have ideas to offer, please contact any member of the band, we would love to hear from you!
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