Aug 08 2017

Last Concert for the 2017 Season

Concert Program

Fairest of the FairJohn Philip Sousa
Emperata OvertureClaude T. Smith
Legacy of HonorLarry Clark
Feelin’ FineRalph Gingery
Navy Hymn (Eternal Father, Strong to Serve)Rev. John B. Dykes arranged by James D. Ployhar
Clarinet CandyLeroy Anderson
Irving Berlin – A Symphonic Portrait — arranged by Hawley Ades
Children’s March (on songs the youngsters sing)Edwin Franko Goldman
Amazing Gracearranged Luther Henderson adapted for band by Paul Murtha
Hootenanny — Harold L. Walters
May God Bless and Keep YouMeredith Wilson

Flag Raisers

Boy Scout Troup 1701 – Menomonie Veteran Center

Community Pie Fundraiser

Pie: Faith Lutheran Church
Popcorn: Menomonie Senior Center

Intermission Entertainment


Aug 05 2017

A Haunted Carousel

Ladies and gentleman, as our groupies know a couple weeks ago we performed “The Haunted Carousel” written and directed by one of our very own.  For those of you who wanted to see the performance but for whatever reason missed it, have we got a treat for you!

Jul 08 2017

Circus Night Extravaganza

Come One, Come All!  Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @ 8:00 PM at the Wilson Park band shell!

It’s time for the Ludington Guard Band’s Annual Circus Night! Children, wear your circus costumes and dress your pets as well to parade across the stage, but please DON’T touch the Director!!! Rewards will be given for the kid’s parade and the pet parade judged by an honorary surprise judge. The smell from the popcorn vendor will be wafting through the park.  Delight in a choice (or two) from the Pie and Ice Cream sale held each week by various charitable groups.  The Band members love to watch the children and pets as they frolic at this Circus Night Concert.  Pam Cernocky, Alto Clarinet Player, remarked, “It is fun to watch the kids, costumes, pets, and families enjoying themselves!”  Cyndi Samson, French Horn, added, “I really appreciate the family friendly atmosphere of all of our concerts.  Menomonie is very special to have had this tradition continue for 129 years!”  Our tribute to the ancient and global circus will begin with the march that most people associate with the circus, The Entry of the Gladiators, by the Czech composer Julius Fucik, and after a whirlwind tour of all things  circus, it ends with a tribute to Disney.

Concert Music Agenda

  1. Entry of the Gladiators
  2. Selections from Barnum
  3. Go Galop (Pet Parade)
  4. Send in the Clowns
  5. Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay (Children’s March)
  6. Arabesque
  7. Allouette
  8. Prestissimo
  9. Phantom of the Opera
  10. Disney at the Movies

So come on down to the park to enjoy a slice of Americana that is usually reserved for paintings by Norman Rockwell.

Jun 30 2017

Patriotic Night 2017

One of the traditions of summertime, in Menomonie, is the free Tuesday evening Ludington Guard Band concerts in Wilson Park.

Each year the band performs a patriotic themed concert around Independence Day.  This year carries more significance however, as the 4th of July actually falls on a Tuesday.  Our veteran director, Jim Woodford, has put together another fantastic line-up of favorite marches and patriotic tunes!  He notes, “This is my favorite concert each year.  I love honoring our veterans as well as being able to perform these special tunes!”.

This year’s musical selections will include:

  • Washington Post March
  • America, the Beautiful
  • Yankee Doodle Boy
  • The 1812 Overture
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever
  • And many others.

Longtime band member, and band librarian, Beth Wacek notes, “It’s such an amazing experience from up on the stage.  The enthusiastic crowd, getting to perform the 1812 Overture with live cannons, and the sight of the whole park lit up by sparkler light for the big ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’ finale.”

Each week, a different Scout troop practices their patriotism by raising the American Flag at the start of the concert.  On the 4th of July, this flag raising will be performed by Boy Scout Troop 103 – from Christ Lutheran Church. Adding to the sense of Americana, popcorn (sold by the Senior Center) and a pie and ice cream social (hosted this week by the Oakridge Lutheran Church) are available to help make the evening an event that should not be missed.

Please note that live cannons will again be fired during the 1812 Overture.  

Ear protection is encouraged.

Jun 26 2017

Our Program This Week!

Concert Program

Star Spangled Banner w/Joyful Noise Choir
American Patrol F.W. Meacham
O Magnum Mysterium Morten Lauridsen transcribed by H. Robert Reynolds
Second Suite for Military Band in F Major Gustav Holst
Woodwind Polka arr. by Andy Clark
Gallito Santiago Lope edited by Roy J. Weger
Song of Sailor and Sea Robert W. Smith
You’re a Grand Old Flag George M. Cohan arr. by Frank D. Cofield
Perilous Voyage Cory J. McBride
Highlights from Music Man Meredith Willson arr. by Alfred Reed
Pop and Rock Legends: Chicago arr. by John Wasson

Flag Raisers

River Heights and Wakanda Girl Scout Troups

Community Pie Fundraiser

Alano Club

Jun 20 2017

New look coming to the website!

Greetings all! I know that there are at least some people who look at this site regularly.  It doesn’t get updated much in the offseason and during the beginning of this season, I (the webmaster for the band) was working on changing the hosting provider for our website.

I know that this may not be very important information to share with all of you, but I wanted to give an explanation to those that come here wondering why some of the information is out of date.  I hope to correct that with the new design to the website I plan to release in the next coming weeks.  I will do my best to post the concert schedule going forward as well so you can all plan ahead and not miss your favorite songs this season!

Thanks for hanging with us while we figure out how to make the best of this website and please feel free to reach out and start a conversation with us on our Facebook page or reach our to our current band president at lgbpresident @ gmail dot com (sorry, don’t want bots emailing spam!).

Thanks, everyone!