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April 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Fort Morgan, CO. 04/15/14.  One month after Fort Morgan was platted in 1884, the city’s first brassImage: Pictured is Fort Morgan’s City Band, taken in the early 1900’s, Courtesy of Fort Morgan Museum. band was formed. Soon after the turn of the century, the concept of a City Park was established, and by 1909 funds were raised to build a bandstand. It was clear music was then—as it is now—integral for this community.

On May 3, 2014, at 1 p.m. area residents are invited to once again gather in Fort Morgan’s City Park to dedicate the new Dahms-Talton Band Shell, and celebrate 130 years of our musical heritage.

“The completion of the band shell provides value to our community; a venue for experiencing the transformational power of music,” notes Dr. Kerry Hart, president of Morgan Community College. “The rich legacy of music in Fort Morgan includes church choirs, schools and civic groups, community bands and choirs, guest performers, and many other musical activities. This tradition lives on and will be celebrated on May 3rd.”

The new band shell is a community-wide project made possible through the generous support of area residents—to the tune of more than $400,000 donated to raise the roof. The dedication celebration is being coordinated by the Morgan Community College Center for Arts and Community Enrichment (CACE) in partnership with Setting the Stage Bandshell Committee and the City of Fort Morgan.

Fort Morgan, known for being the “boyhood home” of band legend Glenn Miller, will continue the musical tradition in this celebratory ceremony. The event will begin with a dedication and placing of a time capsule by the Oasis Masonic Lodge #67, followed by performances by musical groups the MCC Platte Valley Band, the MCC Morgan County Chorale, the MCC Voices on the Plains, and the MCC Jazz Ensemble. The dedication program will conclude with a special finale of all groups performing the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Additionally, CACE has created The Musical Heritage of Fort Morgan booklet that will be available for free at the dedication, which gives an overview of the rich musical history of Fort Morgan. Its companion piece, Fort Morgan Soundscape, is a professionally produced CD set available for a donation of $25. The 2-CD set features the musical groups listed above as well as the combined performance of Battle Hymn of the Republic.

In case of inclement weather, the dedication will be rescheduled for Sunday, May 4 at 1 p.m.

To learn more about CACE, to get involved, or for a full listing of events, please visit MorganCC.edu/CACE or call (970) 542-3106.

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