June 17 - July 4, 2021
Cedar Rapids

34th Army Band Concert

Date: 06/28/2020
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Lowe Park Amphitheatre
4500 North 10th Street
Marion , IA
City of Marion
Emery Place
Ohnward Bank & Trust

The 34th Army Concert Band is performing a FREE concert at the beautiful Lowe Park Amphitheatre in Marion, IA. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the concert. Coolers are allowed at this event. Food vendors will be on sit and available for purchase.


The 34th Army Band, Iowa Army National Guard, is currently stationed in Fairfield, Iowa and is the only military band in the state of Iowa.  The Band is under the command and direction of CW3 Kent C. Wesselink of Eagle Grove, Iowa and 1SG Brian D. Pappaducas of Ankeny, Iowa. 

The mission of the Band is to provide music throughout the spectrum of military operations, instill in our Soldiers the will to fight and win, and foster the support of our citizens and promote our national interests at home and abroad.  The 34th Army Band is made up of citizen Soldiers whose civilian occupations include teachers, salesmen, corporate management, engineers and students.  Members of the Band live throughout Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Nebraska.  They assemble for a minimum of one weekend a month plus fifteen Annual Training days per year.

The current focus of the 34th Army Band has been developing small Music Performance Teams (MPTs) to expand their ability to support more musical requests both for military and community events throughout Iowa.  Current MPTs include the Concert and Marching Bands, the “42Romeo”, “Scrap Metal” and “Sidewinders” popular music groups, “Synergy Winds” woodwind quintet, “Brass Five” ceremonial brass ensemble, and “Operation Groove” jazz ensemble.


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Because of the continuation of social distancing and precautions taking place to further prevent the spread of COVID-19, and with recommendations by both the Linn County Public Health Department and the City of Cedar Rapids Mayor, it is with a heavy heart that we announce that the 2020 Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival has been CANCELLED.

To encourage the community to help support our non-profit organization, and to ensure the Festival’s longevity and ability to return in 2021, 2020 Commemorative Freedom Festival Buttons are on sale NOW at all Cedar Rapids and Marion Hy-Vee Stores. Buttons are $5 each, and include a Hy-Vee booklet of coupons totaling over $30 in savings!

PLUS Hy-Vee has been generous to offer and honor our yearly Freedom Festival tradition of giving away a $100 Hy-Vee Gift Card to FIVE lucky winners! For “Show Us Your Button” Promotion details CLICK HERE.