Mason City, Iowa - The North Iowa Band Festival and North Iowa Area Community College loses a legend.
Longtime Band Festival coordinator Vance Baird has died.
Baird passed away Friday night on the NIACC campus, while working at the NIACC Women's Basketball Challenge.
Known to many as simply "Vance," he started working on the North Iowa Band Festival committee in 1962.
He served as the Band Festival coordinator for 8 years before stepping down from the position in 2007.
Vance kept active with the committee through the years, and would attend meetings when he could.
Mason City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Robin Anderson tells KIMT News 3, "Vance was North Iowa Band Festival's #1 fan." She adds, "When he was Grand Marshal it was a well-deserved honor of which he took great pride."
Vance received the "Grand Marshal Award" in 2009 and was the "go to guy" to kick off the parade each year right in front of KIMT News 3.
He's also a familiar face on the NIACC campus.
Vance started working at NIACC in the early 1970s doing everything from coach, to Intramural coordinator, equipment manager, laundry, and ticket taker. Vance became a member of the NIACC Hall of Fame in 2014.
Those who knew him best at NIACC say he passed away doing what he loved, and in a place he was loved.
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