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A Rockwell Kind of Day


The evening concert took place in the Old Pavilion and began with the presentation of the colors by the Honor Guard, that was made up of members of the Wakefield American Legion and the Wakefield V.F.W.  The Honor Guard was led by John "Chummy" Ozzello .

Following the
Pledge of Allegiance the spectators sang the National Anthem accompanied by the Gogebic Range Concert Band.

The concert was enjoyed by young and old alike. The 1812 Overture was a real crowd pleaser. The Veterans Rifle Squad synchronized their Rifle Fire with the Overture performed by the GRCB.

The Concert Choir was the first to perform. Under the direction of Judy Levra, the group sang patriotic songs and led the audience in a sing-a-long. This certainly quieted the youngsters, who were left scratching their heads and wondering who recorded those songs? 

Songs performed by the Choir included: Anthems of the Five Branches of Service: Battle Hymn of the Republic , You are my Sunshine , Let me call you  Sweetheart , Show me the way to go Home , America the Beautiful

The band, directed by Larry Gabka, performed several patriotic songs and several popular numbers as well. The band performed the following songs: American Flourish , Star Spangled Spectacular,  The Mansions of the Lord, William Tell Overture, Armed Forces Salute , Rough Riders, Americans We, Hosts of Freedom, The Thunderer,  Just a Closer Walk with Thee, Stars and Stripes Forever, and  God Bless America.

The GRCB did a really great job performing at the picnic, and they will be making concert appearances throughout the summer. It need not be a holiday for you to enjoy this terrific band. Grab a folding chair and come to Longyear Park for the Band's Summer Concert Series!


Slide Show


At dusk the great Fireworks display began. It was an amazing show for a town as small as Wakefield. The fireworks are set off from several locations on the Lake.  It makes for a truly great display, but a serious challenge to anyone photographing the event.

Although we haven’t confirmed it, it appears that show cost approximately $17,000. A bargain at any price!



Members of the Gogebic Range Concert Band

Conductor: Larry Gabka
Clarinet: LeaAnn Schroeter, Sue Roberts, Denise Engel
Flute: Sue Konty, Pam Davenport 
Oboe: Megan Gabka
Tenor Saxophone: Rod Ritter
Bass Clarinet: Gina Kretschmar, Janelle Engel
Tuba: Clarence Jacobs
Euphonium: Sue Trull, Jon Eggleston
Trombone: Pat McCullough, Robert Davenport, Lori Bertzold, Freedom Hongisto
French horn: Jacqueline Lutey
Trumpet: Myron Re, Ron Sell, Pat Kapugia, Larry Gabka, Dale Kangas, Britta Schroeter,
Lynn Jackson, Paul Edmark
Percussion: Phil Cormier, Jean Wiita


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