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What Cheer Winds free concert this Sunday

April 19, 2013
Dysart Reporter

The What Cheer Winds concert band will present their 8th Annual Concert, "Something Old, Something New," on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the What Cheer, Iowa, Opera House. There is no admission charge, a free-will donation will be collected. Conductor Gary Huxford has chosen music in a variety of styles. Alissa Bieschke, soprano, and Rich Thorson, tenor, will perform solos and then combine on "God Bless America," as a tribute to military personnel and veterans. Since 2006, the 45 piece band has presented annual concerts in the historic opera house setting. They salute a performance done by Sousa's band in the same venue 107 years ago. The band first performed at the opera house on March 26, 2006, which was the 100th anniversary of Sousa's performance there. The band is comprised of area musicians, including many school band directors and retired band directors. They come from as far north as Charles City and a far south as Centerville. Many of them play in their community bands, including those in Grinnell, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Vinton, Iowa City, Charles City, Mason City, and Centerville. The historic What Cheer Opera House was built in 1893. Part of the free-will donation collected at the concert is used for opera house upkeep, including new windows. Gary Huxford, director, retired after 26 years as band director at Iowa Valley Jr-Sr High in Marengo, Iowa, and eight years as elementary band director in the Deep River-Millersburg Schools.



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