Meredith Willson is honored annually at the North Iowa Band Festival, which is celebrated as a tribute to his life and his love of music. He will be remembered throughout the world for his famous melodies, but in Mason City we remember our “Music Man” for instilling a rich musical tradition in our community.
The North Iowa Band Festival is the Chamber’s signature event, featuring a community parade and free musical entertainment. Projected attendance for the Memorial Day Weekend is more than 60,000 people.
Save the date for the 2021 North Iowa Band Festival, May 27-31!
North Iowa Band Festival Spirit Week 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic rained on our parade and cancelled the regular Band Festival celebrated in 2020, however, festival organizers still found a way to celebrate. "Spirit Week" took the place of the traditional festival with activities to honor Mason City's rich musical heritage, including online musical performances, a memorial at Meredith Willson's gravesite, an interview with last year's royalty, and a big reverse parade.
To view event photos from 2019, click here.