2020 Festival

North Iowa Band Festival

It's Band Festival Spirit Week! Even though we won't have the normal "Big Parade" this year, we've planned activities for each day of Band Festival week to show our North Iowa Band Fest spirit. Please join us as we celebrate from a distance!

Monday, May 18 | Willson Memorial Service

In honor of Meredith Willson’s birthday and the North Iowa Band Festival, Mason City High School Drum Majors paid tribute at Elmwood Cemetery on Monday. Senior Drum Major Bailey Gunderson, Junior Drum Major Shaye Theobald, and Chamber staff practiced social distancing during the memorial to Willson. Click here to watch the program.

Tuesday, May 19 | Royalty Interview

North Iowa Band Festival emcee Chris Frenz interviewed last year's Band Festival King Jacob VerHelst (Central Springs) and Queen Alana Noss (Rockford) to see what they have been up to since last year's festival, their musical experience, and their memories of Band Fest. Check out what they had to say.

Wednesday, May 20 | Brad+Kate

Join us for a Facebook Live performance by Brad+Kate, at 7PM on Wednesday, May 20 on our Band Festival Facebook page. They believe that live music, unlike anything else, brings people together and cover genres from oldies to pop, blues to rock, as well as their own original music. Brad+Kate were originally scheduled to perform at this year's Festival but have been re-booked for next year.

Thursday, May 21 | Reverse Band Fest Parade

We may not be able to hold our traditional parade, but we can't let our candy-lovers down! So, we'll have the candy, and you be the parade! Feel free to decorate your car/windows and drive past the Commerce Center (9 N Federal) between 2-4PM on Thursday, May 21 and we'll throw candy to you in your cars as you go by! Click here for a map of the parade route. We will be wearing gloves and face masks and tossing pre-packaged candy bags.

Friday, May 22 | Betty & the Gents

Betty and the Gents are past Band Festival performers and a favorite local group. Join us for a Facebook Live performance on our Band Festival Facebook page at 8:15PM on Friday, May 22.

NIACC Extreme Makeover Announcement

Winners of NIACC's Extreme Makeover will be announced live at noon on Friday, May 22 on Facebook.

Saturday, May 23 | Facebook Feature

We will miss seeing you all in person this Saturday for our iconic parade. Be sure to tune in to the North Iowa Band Festival Facebook page at 10AM on Saturday for a special feature, in honor of our annual celebration.

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2020 Band Festival Sponsors

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Drum Major Sponsors

FCNB

John K. & Luise V. Hanson Foundation

 

Band Master Sponsors

Diamond-Jo

David & Phyllis Murphy Charitable Foundation

 

Flag Corps Sponsors

Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co. - Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Mason City - MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center - North Iowa Area Community College - POET Biorefining-Hanlontown - REG Mason City, LLC

In-Kind Sponsors

98.7 Kiss Country / 103.7 The Fox - Alpha Media, USA  -  City of Mason City  -  Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co. - Control Print Creative - Convertible Drivers  -  Culligan Water Conditioning  - D&D Printing - Decker Sports -  Domino's Pizza  -  Fat Hill Brewing - Globe Gazette - Henkel Construction Co.  -  KIMT News 3  -  LeDoux Signs - Mason City RentAll - Trinity Lutheran Church

For information on how to become an In-Kind Sponsor, please contact us!

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Band Festival Videos

  • Interview with 2019 Band Festival Royalty

    Chris Frenz, who typically serves as the master of ceremonies for the Festival, interviewed the 2019 North Iowa Band Festival King Jacob VerHelst (Central Springs) and Queen Alana Noss (Rockford) to see...

    Watch
  • 2020 Meredith Willson Memorial Program

    In honor of Meredith Willson’s birthday and the North Iowa Band Festival, Mason City High School Drum Majors paid a tribute at Elmwood Cemetery. Senior Drum Major Bailey Gunderson, Junior Drum...

    Watch

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