You can step back in time for some entertainment this weekend in Cedar Rapids. The annual “Grand Celebration of Brass Bands” is today (Saturday) at the Ushers Ferry Historic Village. Vicki Hughes is the director of the Village. The event features three brass bands, the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band from Red Wing, Minnesota, the Illinois Brass Band from the Chicago area and the host Eastern Iowa Brass Band. The festival will also include the Cedar River Brass Ensemble, made up of school age musicians from the Cedar Rapids area. Hughes says you can experience what a summer was like for people at the start of the last century. She says brass bands were a popular form of entertainment at the turn of the century, and Ushers Ferry is a recreation of life in the early 1900’s. Hughes says the music begins at 11 A.M. She says there’ll be two concerts by each band throughout the day with the finale a concert featuring all three, at six o’clock this evening. The cost for the event is five bucks for adults and two dollars for children age five to 14.
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