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.