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Municipal band waxes patriotic for final show of 39th season

  • Over 200 people gathered to watch the Charles City Municipal Band’s last performance of its 39th season on Thursday as the band warmed residents up for the Independence Day fireworks show. The band, under the direction of Scott Stroud, performed traditional patriotic music and threw in some favorites from the big and small screen. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Over 200 people gathered to watch the Charles City Municipal Band’s last performance of its 39th season on Thursday as the band warmed residents up for the Independence Day fireworks show. The band, under the direction of Scott Stroud, performed traditional patriotic music and threw in some favorites from the big and small screen. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Over 200 people gathered to watch the Charles City Municipal Band’s last performance of its 39th season on Thursday as the band warmed residents up for the Independence Day fireworks show. The band, under the direction of Scott Stroud, performed traditional patriotic music and threw in some favorites from the big and small screen. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Over 200 people gathered to watch the Charles City Municipal Band’s last performance of its 39th season on Thursday as the band warmed residents up for the Independence Day fireworks show. The band, under the direction of Scott Stroud, performed traditional patriotic music and threw in some favorites from the big and small screen. (Press photo James Grob.)

By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

The Charles City Municipal Band closed out its 39th season with patriotic flair.

Over 200 people gathered to watch the band’s last performance of the season on Thursday, behind the public library, as the band warmed residents up for the Independence Day fireworks show.

Scott Stroud, band director at Nashua-Plainfield High School, served as the conductor, while Rep. Todd Prichard announced the concert.

The band performed traditional patriotic music, with pieces including “Stars And Stripes Forever,” “American Patrol,” “National Emblem,” and “America The Beautiful.” The band also threw in some favorites from the big and small screen.

The municipal band kicked off its 39th season with a performance in Central Park in Charles City on June 2, under near-perfect whether conditions, directed by Jake Gassman. They followed that show with a performance on June 16 under the direction of Mike Fisher, superintendent of Charles City Community Schools.

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