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Meredith Willson’s birthday to be celebrated with band concert and ice cream social


This news story was published on April 28, 2019.
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Music Man Square in Mason City

MASON CITY – The New Horizons Band will present its annual spring concert and ice cream social on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 4:00pm at the Music Man Square, 308 S. Pennsylvania Ave, Mason City. In honor of Meredith Willson’s birthday, on May 18, the ice cream social will be held at the conclusion of the concert. The concert, which features a variety of musical styles, is free and will be held in Reunion Hall.

The first New Horizons Band was founded in 1991 and was sponsored by the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. The New Horizons Band at Music Man Square started in October, 2004 with seven members. We now have over 50 members. Today, affiliate bands number over 210 throughout the United States, Ireland, and Canada.

The band welcomes area players of all ages. Rehearsals for full band are held on Wednesdays, with an optional small group rehearsal on Tuesdays. The first rehearsal for the summer session will be Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 3:30pm. The band’s director is Bernie Bjorklund, long-time band director in the Nora Springs-Rock Falls Schools. Further information is available at 641-420-7640.

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19 Responses to Meredith Willson’s birthday to be celebrated with band concert and ice cream social

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 2, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Hahahahaha still idolizing a man who wrote a musical about a situation he witnessed and over exaggerated in mason city many years ago. Why are millions spent on keeping this alive? Bye bye mason city, you have nothing to offer.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

    not to worry sodbuster ! Worth county already has replacement windmill coming = 607 FEET HIGH !!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 29, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Meanwhile – remember a few weeks back we said oi;/grease was running down the sides of some Bartz worthless county windmills ? DNR called – they said as long as it did not enter the ground it was okay – some windmills are broken and do not spin – other spin freely – now one of the green energy monsters has caught fire – nice to know where my tax dollars went? – UP IN FLAMES !

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 28, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Why celebrate a man who would dress up in black face?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 29, 2019 at 7:45 am

      Why not??

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 29, 2019 at 4:13 pm

        He’s racist!

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 29, 2019 at 6:07 pm

          People who call other people racist are the real racist. It was considered comedy, just like your comments.

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            Anonymous

            April 29, 2019 at 8:37 pm

            That’s been said before, can’t you come up with some new redundant material. Amos and Andy was comedy, Sanford and Son was comedy. Putting on a black face and trying to be a black person is not comedy. It’s making fun of the black race.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 29, 2019 at 9:46 pm

      Why celebrate Meredith Willson? Why not? He lived in a different time during which the standards by which society judged actions proper or not proper, blackface would have been considered okay by the majority of the population. During the 20s and 30s this country recovering economic disaster and the worries were with the next meal, not what was right or wrong. Willson has done a great deal for this community.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 30, 2019 at 7:58 am

        So what your saying is, it was wrong to remove Confederate statues and memorials across this country. Those statues were part of American history, like it or not.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        May 2, 2019 at 7:40 pm

        Wilson and his family did nothing but make money off of this community. Now we praise him for writing a musical that will be completely forgotten elsewhere very soon.

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    Luci Wulfekuhle Reply Report comment

    April 28, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    wow another exciting moment in river city-

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    April 28, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Why not have it in the bandshell in east park?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 28, 2019 at 5:32 pm

      music man square…Meredith Wilson

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        Allen Reply Report comment

        April 28, 2019 at 6:48 pm

        I know, I was just trying to put a dig in for the bandshell, that no real band will ever use. A hundred thousand dollar eyesore.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 29, 2019 at 5:52 am

          Perhaps you could find money to build one more suitable to your liking.

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            Allen

            April 29, 2019 at 7:34 am

            For your information, a useable modern bandshell with unique features was designed, but the powers that be shot it down. And it wasn’t because of money. Try to keep up on MC history.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 29, 2019 at 9:55 pm

          It’s only “a hundred thousand dollar eyesore” to you Allen. Some of us enjoy the band shell and would like to see it kept up. It is a reminder of simpler times. If you think about it Allen, you got off cheap. Figure 25000 citizens in Mason City and $4 from each of them, you have $100,000. You paid $4 on that eyesore. Get over it.

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            Anonymous

            April 30, 2019 at 8:00 am

            Exactly how do you enjoy the bandshell.