July 4th Americana Concert

The Fond du Lac Symphonic Band will present its traditional Americana Concert in the bandstand at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac on Monday, 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.

Bandstand at Lakeside Park
Bandstand at Lakeside Park

Vocalist Sara Roltgen will be featured singing You Raise Me Up, and she will be joined by tenor Dan Fee to offer  Armed Forces Salute, God Bless America and Let Freedom Ring.  Additional patriotic selections by the band include American Patrol, Star-Spangled Spectacular, and a set of  songs from the Civil War era.

Flute soloist Marla Hoffman will be featured on a set of variations on the children’s song Twinkle, Twinkle. American popular music is represented with the music of Earth, Wind and Fire and Swinging Songs of Yesterday, and rounding out the program are three American marches: Americans We, Washington Post, and Stars and Stripes Forever.

The Band’s performance will be followed by fireworks on the lakefront at 9:45 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.