EAU CLAIRE – It’s a grand old flag, and the Eau Claire Municipal Band is celebrating it. Eau Claire’s longest-performing community band will feature patriotic songs honoring America and the U.S. armed services at 7:30 p.m. on MONDAY, JULY 3, at the historic Donald “Sarge” Boyd bandshell in Owen Park.

The band will play a medley of patriotic marches and songs, culminating with John Philip Sousa’s iconic “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

“This one will be a flag-waver, for sure,” conductor Bob Baldwin said.

Municipal band concerts are free to the public and feature patriotic marches, popular show tunes and classical favorites. The family-friendly concerts also include a children’s “march,” where children in the audience select from an assortment of toy instruments, and then parade through the crowd while accompanying the band.

Nonprofit organizations also are invited to take turns hosting concessions during the concerts as a fundraiser. To coordinate dates or follow concert updates, organizations and the public can visit the band’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ecmunicipalband.

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The Eau Claire Municipal Band is one of the longest-running concert bands in Wisconsin, tracing its origins to Bock’s Boys Band in 1902. Known in subsequent years as the Eau Claire Boys Band, the Wisconsin State Band-Eau Claire, and the Liberty Band, the Eau Claire Municipal Band came upon its current name in 1927. The Eau Claire Municipal Band is entering its 121st season.

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