The North Iowa Band Festival Committee has selected the theme for the annual festival scheduled for Memorial Day weekend May 26-30, 2016. “The Sounds of Music” was chosen to celebrate the festival’s 78th year.
The Grand Marshal Award recognizes people of local or national prominence who have made a significant contribution to the development, history, or success of the festival. The North Iowa Band Festival Committee is pleased to announce Dr. Darrell & Susan Fisher as the 2016 award recipients. The Fishers are recognized in Mason City for their extensive volunteer involvement.
A native of Mason City, Darrell has a long history with marching bands and the North Iowa Band Festival. A talented musician, he is a soloist and long-time choir member (since 1970) of the First Presbyterian Church. He has played in both the Mason City and Clear Lake Municipal Bands, and is a staple at the annual Tuba Christmas. Since 2000, he has served on the Performing Arts Pavilion Committee with a mission to seek a permanent community performance venue for the Mason City Municipal Band. In 1970 he joined Surgical Associates (now Mason City Clinic) as an orthopedic surgeon. Darrell also served as an instructor for NIACC nursing students and provided educational seminars which earned him the “Iowa Arthritis Foundation Outstanding Educator” award. He is very active in the Noon Rotary Club—especially in their program to eradicate polio around the world.
Susan’s primary occupation is “Professional Volunteer”, although she was employed for 15 years at the Coordinator of Education at First Presbyterian Church. Her volunteer efforts are legendary; in fact, Stebens Childrens Theatre established the “Susan Fisher Volunteer of the Year Award” in her honor. Susan has been recognized with the Grinnell College Alumni Award, the United Way Bob Dutcher Award, and the Noon Rotary “Service Above Self” award. She is proud to have been cast as one of the “Pick-A-Little Ladies” in the MCCT production of The Music Man.
The Klempnauer Award was named for Dan Klempnauer, a long-time volunteer and festival supporter, and is intended to honor an unsung hero who volunteers for the festival. This year’s honorees are Dennis and Don Higgins, who have worked many hours in different capacities to fill the air with music at the North Iowa Band Festival.
Together, Dennis and Don set up the Globe Gazette Muse-Norris Charitable Fund Stage for the headline performers and often run the sound system for various bands. Dennis served for many years on the North Iowa Band Festival Committee, and remembers well the intense planning that went on the year the Band Festival (briefly) switched to the fall. Dennis also leads the production team at KIMT that broadcasts the parade live for viewers to enjoy from the comfort of their homes.
In addition to their work with the North Iowa Band Festival, Dennis volunteers his time with Epiphany Parish, served on the CERT Team, and served on the North Iowa Fair Board, including as Board President. Don also helps with the North Iowa Fair, Cannonball Days, the MacNider Art Festival, and Friday Night Live.
Visit www.nibandfest.com frequently for updated information including major sponsors, parade forms, and the full entertainment schedule.