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The Ludington Guard Band Celebrates 135 Years

this long-time band is celebrating a major milestone

Anita Keeler |

MAGNIFICENT MILESTONES. The Ludington Guard Band is celebrating its 135th year in the Valley. (Submitted Photo)

Every Tuesday evening during the summer you will find the community of Menomonie gathered in Wilson Park, laughing and socializing with friends and neighbors, enjoying sweet treats and goodies, and listening to the lively sounds of the Ludington Guard Band.

Named after a cavalry unit, the Ludington Guard Band was officially organized in 1888, with roots dating to 1877. From a small group modeled after military bands to a modern concert band of over 60 members, it is the oldest continually performing community band in the state of Wisconsin. Over the past 135 years, the band has gone through many changes, but it has always provided free summer concerts for the Menomonie community.

Today, the Ludington Guard Band performs 10 concerts throughout the summer at the bandshell in Wilson Park. Scout Troops perform flag-raising ceremonies throughout the season. Local non-profit organizations offer pie, ice cream, popcorn, and other treats to snack on. There are a number of themed concerts, including Patriotic Night, Circus Night, and Christmas in July.

Along with participating in Menomonie’s Flag Day ceremony every June, they also occasionally perform extra concerts in the area or participate in other events.

The band will begin its 2023 concert season on June 6th and will continue every Tuesday evening through August 8th. Benches are provided in the park, but seating is limited. Consider bringing your own lawn chair or a blanket. Concerts begin at 7:30pm.

For more information go to the website or find them on Facebook.