The Oskaloosa Bandstand’s current incarnation will celebrate 100 years in Oskaloosa this summer.

Plans for Oskaloosa’s centennial bandstand celebration continue to get in tune.

A separate planning committee for the celebration was formed this week from members of the Oskaloosa City Band’s Board of Directors.

At a February meeting of the board, the conversation leaned toward having a single centennial celebration June 21. However, at this week’s meeting of the board at Smokey Row, ideas about spreading the celebration out over the band’s numerous summer-time performances was also examined.

During the course of their last meeting, the band board also entertained the idea that a banner of some sort be placed on the Oskaloosa Square or bandstand itself announcing that this summer marks the 100-year anniversary of the bandstand as we know it today.

As was discussed at their previous meeting, Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt is willing to emcee an event by reading bit of bandstand history during the Oskaloosa City Band’s performance. One possibility for Krutzfeldt’s duties as emcee include talking about the history of the bandstand by decade, highlighting historical facts from 1912 through 2012.

Possible interaction with other events on the square such as Sweet Corn Serenade and Art on the Square throughout the summer was also discussed at the band board meeting this week.


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