Officially established in 1858, the Township of Gibraltar is celebrating its Sesquicentennial this year with a host of activities highlighting a legacy of hard-work, determination, perseverance, and fortitude that continues today. And with the beat of the drum, the Hartland Community Band continues the Sesquicentennial celebration with a free concert on Saturday, September 13 in the Gibraltar Fire Station.
Organized in 1994, the all-volunteer band based in southern Wisconsin features some of the most talented performers in the region. The Hartland Community Band’s repertoire includes rousing marches, gospel arrangements, and a traditional rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. With spirit and enthusiasm, the band members’ specialty is to entertain, as well as raise community spirit.
A featured musical composition during the 6 pm concert will be an original song written by Gary Jones and Joel Blahnik, retired Gibraltar High School band director. Entitled “Our Home,” the composition honors Gibraltar’s 150th anniversary and will be incorporated into the Gibraltar School band’s competition repertoire. The composition will be accompanied by visiting singers from the Czech Republic.
The evening’s activities will continue with a special salute to retiring Gibraltar Fire Chief Dan Stahl. A member of the fire department since the early 1970s, Stahl has served as fire chief for two terms. A historical photographic display will feature fire and rescue activities depicting some of the tragic events in the history of the community.
The Gibraltar Fire Station is located two miles east of Fish Creek on State Highway F, which intersects with Highway 42. For additional information, and to learn about other activities, visit http://www.Gibraltar150.org or contact the Fish Creek Information Center at 920.868.2316. To volunteer in the year long Town of Gibraltar Sesquicentennial celebration contact Wayne Kudick at 920.868.2262.