MASON CITY, IA - Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first timer, Band Festival 2013, the Diamond Jubilee, has a little something for everyone.
It’s a community event that draws in thousands each year. Mason City’s Band Festival is a one of a kind celebration of music, family and community.
Rain, sleet or heaven forbid, snow, folks are out to enjoy the sights and sounds of north Iowa.
“Festivities all day long and into the night, it’s just great. It’s great to see the town and the city come together,” said Mark Tlusty of Mason City.
This weekends poor weather may have had an effect on the number of spectators out this year, but for some die-hard fans, this was an opportunity they could not miss.
“It’s just a great time, no matter what the weather is, it’s always fun,” said Dan Djuren of Mason City.
Dan is who you would consider the Band Festival Veteran.
He’s done it all from walking in the parade himself as a young musician, to later instructing other young musicians.
Today, he’s a spectator, and that was alright with him.
“I started marching with the Roosevelt Junior High Band in the late 50′s. I was here in Mason City High School band in 1963 and graduated in 1964. Then I was director of the Clear Lake High School band at the 50th. So the 75th, I had to come over no matter what,” said Djuren.
Others say the opportunity to interact with the community is enough to keep them coming back.
“We just love coming here to listen to all the music, all the different schools, the bands and seeing the military out here and stuff like that. It’s a really good time for everybody to get together and see a lot of people who you haven’t seen for a while,” said Tlusty.
Whether it’s the food, the parade or just the atmosphere, band festival is a time to celebrate.
“It’s all about the young people marching in the bands. It’s always fun to see the young people doing good things and promoting such a great time,” said Djuren.
“Mason City itself is known for it’s music and to me it’s getting bigger even though, today, it’s a little light because of the weather. But you can see that even though it’s kind of cold day, people are bundled up still coming out today,” said Tlusty.