Happy Birthday Meredith Willson

Happy Birthday Meredith Willson

Posted: May 18, 2018 9:05 PM
Updated: May 18, 2018 10:45 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa- Meredith Willson, the writer of the famous musical, “The Music Man”, would have turned 116 years old Friday and for the first time in recent history, band festival host royalty are honoring the Mason City man.

All four of this year’s host royalty are laying flowers at Willson’s grave site at Elmwood Cemetery in Mason City. Ameila Ouverson and Nick Schmidt said they both have fond memories of watching the Music Man as well as attending band festival growing up. While they both said they wish Willson could have been honored earlier for his accomplishments being a part of it for the 80th annual Band Festival.

“Being able to march and being able to be a part of it and actually being in the parade instead of just watching it is kinda of cool,” said Ameila. “I always remember looking at the band and thinking oh wow I get to do that one day.”

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 41°
Albert Lea
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 41°
Austin
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 46°
Charles City
Few Clouds
45° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 39°
Rochester
Clear
42° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 36°
Our big warm up starts today with sunny skies
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Kavars Trial: Day Three

Image

Infant and pregnancy loss awareness

Image

Kavars takes the stand in animal neglect case

Image

Logan's law is working

Image

MEA Break & college visits

Image

Nelson's Winter Forecast Outlook 2019-2020

Image

School bus violations: stepping up enforcement

Image

MN Fire Report

Image

The Future of Ragbrai and Iowa's Ride

Image

Weiss Trial Day 4

Community Events