The Oskaloosa City Band will be part of Oskaloosa's Sweet Corn Serenade as they perform their ninth Thursday night concert of the Summer Series July 29 at 8 p.m. in the Oskaloosa City Square Park Bandstand.
Showcased this week are songs dear to our state and city: "Za - Ga - Zig (The Iowa Corn Song)" and "The Missouri Waltz," composed by Oskaloosa native Frederic Knight Logan. Retired city band soloist Andrea Dursky makes a guest appearance on these numbers and is featured on a new arrangement by Claude Barlow of "Oskaloosa."
"Carnegie Anthem" by William Owens opens the evening's entertainment. John Williams' "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" and "Theme from the Cowboys," both arranged by Jay Bocock, are highlights of the program. The jazz composition "Malaguena" arranged by Michael Sweeney, High School Musical's "We're All In This Together" arranged by Johnnie Vinson, and Tim Water's arrangement of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" will provide some lively listening for the audience.
City band director Bruce Peiffer has chosen Loras Schissel's arrangement of Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" along with Lawrence Welk's "Good Night" to close the program. Oskaloosa Vision will provide complimentary bubble bottles for children to use on the "Good Night."
According to the Oskaloosa Main Street webpage, the annual Sweet Corn Serenade brings 3,000 people to downtown Oskaloosa for fresh-cooked sweet corn and live music. This year’s festival will happen July 29 from noon until 9 p.m., and will include a craft and vendor fair, food trucks, children’s activities, and conclude with the Oskaloosa City Band concert.