Mt. Pleasant Community Band Starts Summer Season
June 12, 2011By Dave Schneider of Mt Pleasant High School
A summer tradition will once again fill the air in historic downtown Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
The Mt. Pleasant Community Band, directed by Adam Creager, will perform concerts in Central Park in the downtown square each Thursday evening at 7:00 PM beginning June 9 and running through July 7.
The strictly volunteer group - no one gets paid - is comprised of middle and high school students as well as adults, with ages ranging from pre-teens to mid-sixties.
Despite the wide range of ages - and to a certain extent various musical abilities - the group enjoys the common interest of music. Among the adults are music teachers, a funeral director, electronic technicians, a bank employee, retired nurse, veterinarian, a surgeon, a farm implement salesman, and factory workers.
The band is informal. No auditions are required. The musicians just show up. Surprisingly, the instrumentation balance of the band works out nicely. The band practices each Tuesday at the Middle School.
The concerts last around 45 minutes and usually eight songs are played. The types of songs revolve mainly around marches, Broadway musicals, and pop tunes.
Adam Creager, the local elementary band director, has volunteered to serve as director this year. In the late 1980's the band was led by R.G. Conlee, with Steve Rod handling those duties for many years since then until recently when Jim DePriest and Adam Creager also directed.
The program for each week's concert will be published after 9:00 PM each Tuesday at www.mpmusic.org and in the Documents section of this website.