Merrill City Band to begin 100th season

There’s a “new home” at Normal Park and the Merrill City Band is getting ready to move in! On Wednesday, June 22, the band will present the first concert of its 100th anniversary season. A ribbon cutting for the new gazebo will take place at the beginning of the concert at 7 p.m.

The evening program will include something for everyone, with special guest vocalists joining the band for the concert. Mary Waid will sing Gershwin’s “Summertime” and James Bjorklund will perform “Blue Moon” by Rodgers and Hart. The two will also pair up for the duet “Somewhere Out There” from the movie “An American Tail.”

The evening would not be complete without a few good marches, a musical medley, a little swing, a good old-fashioned polka, and a rousing rendition at the end of John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The public is invited to attend all city band events throughout the summer. The band performs every Wednesday night at Normal Park beginning at 7 p.m. from June 22- Aug. 10, except July 27. The group will perform in Tomahawk on July 27 at 6 p.m. as part of their “Music On The River” summer concert series, so there will be no Merrill concert that week.

The Merrill City Band can also be seen and heard at the Pow Wow Days 4th of July parade in Tomahawk at 1 p.m. and at the Merrill Labor Day parade.

Please join the band as they celebrate their new home on June 22. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy the sounds.

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