On Independence Day 1984, Kathy Olsen sang "South of the Border" with the Roseville Big Band (then known as the Roseville Stage Band) at the new band shell on the shore of Lake Bennett in Roseville's Central Park. The innovative design of the shell was the winner in a design competition sponsored by the Roseville Parks and Recreation department.
The audience sat on the terraced grassy slope where, a few years earlier, mature oak trees were ripped up by a tornado that swept through Roseville.
Dan Desmonds, lead alto, remembers that this was the first time the Roseville Big Band performed on July 4th. Since the performers were also in the Roseville Community Band, which performed later int he day, just before the fireworks display, they wore the same Roseville Community Band red shirts for both performances.
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58K) of the 1984 band shell and its surroundings.
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The picture above is a view of the band shell looking Northeast. Click here for a view from the other corner of the amphitheater, looking Northwest.
Friday, February 07, 2020.
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