Events around the Tri-States
The Americana Band
The Americana Band keeps the “traditional” Christmas tradition alive by playing Salvation Army music around the kettles and elsewhere this time of year. They are scheduled to play at the Salvation Army kettle at the Locust HyVee 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and again at the same location 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Other places to hear the band are in the Rosheks lobby 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and the same place and time on Saturday, Dec. 22. They will play the older traditional Christmas tunes during the Ham House Victorian Christmas event 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The band is also scheduled to play a Civil War ball Dec. 15 in Galena.
Though the Americana Band started playing the kettles about 20 years ago, they have branched out into other styles of music. They play love songs for Valentines Day events, Irish music for St. Patricks Day, Latin music for Cinco de Mayo, patriotic music for Memorial Day and other summer venues such as the Ham House Fourth of July Ice Cream Social, and numerous Oktoberfest gigs in the Fall. They played a Renaissance concert at the New Melleray Abbey a couple of years ago. This year was the first year they played Halloween music at a Halloween event. During the summer they play Dixie and ragtime in the American Trust pavilion outside the Ice Harbor on Sunday evenings as the Twilight riverboat steams in.
The band was started by David Overby, the University of Dubuque band director at the time, as an outlet for people to play in more informal settings for fun. Overby had Dixie bands in other places, and organized the Clinton Community Band over 25 years ago. His grandparents, immigrants from England and Canada, were Salvation Army officers in New England, and Overby has continued the emphasis on the British brass band style with the Americana Band. Though the band does mostly free events, the group, also known as the Band of Infidels and Guerrilla Band, is available for private parties.
Anyone is welcome to join the band. If you liked pep band in high school, this is for you. For more information, contact Overby at email@example.com.
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