The Fond du Lac Symphonic Band will present its traditional Americana Concert in the bandstand at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac on Tuesday, the 4th of July, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Erected and donated to the community by William McDermott, the bandstand has been home to Fourth of July band concerts since 1901. It was named in honor of longtime Military Band leader Joseph Schmitz in 1968 and placed on the local registry of historic landmarks in 1973.
Vocalist Dan Fee will sing Let Freedom Ring, This Land Is Your Land, and Neil Diamond’s America. John Ahlstrom will be euphonium soloist on Annie Laurie, a turn-of-the-century theme and variations by noted American bandmaster and trombonist Arthor Pryor.
American popular music will be represented with Sammy Nestico’s American Spice, Gershwin’s Strike Up the Band, A Tribute to Elvis, and a medley of pop tunes from the 1910’s and 20’s: Themes Like Old Times. Patriotic selections include America the Beautiful and Armed Forces Salute. Rounding out the program are Sousa marches: El Capitan and Stars and Stripes Forever.
The Band’s performance will be followed by fireworks on the lakefront at 9:30 p.m.. The Symphonic Band’s summer concerts in Fond du Lac are sponsored by the City of Fond du Lac, and a free-will offering will be received to assist with summer concert expenses.