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Iowa Lakes students perform for veterans on Honor Flight

May 9, 2017

Eight Iowa Lakes students performed as part of a 63-piece band honoring veterans returning from a visit to Washington D.C. Saturday at Fort Dodge Regional Airport.

More than 150 veterans spent the day in Washington D.C. and upon their return to Fort Dodge, they received a Hero’s Welcome ceremony that included a band concert provided by 63 volunteers, including Iowa Lakes students Evan Mattioda, Lincoln Larson, Kevin Davis, Travis Meyer, Tim Soper, Jacob Ladwig, Brandon Conway and Connor Obermeier.

“I am so proud of my students for giving up a Saturday evening, driving the distance and playing the late night concert,” said Carol Ayres, Iowa Lakes instrumental music professor.

Iowa Lakes Community College music students who participated in the Hero’s Welcome event Saturday were, from left, Evan Mattioda, clarinet; Lincoln Larson, trumpet; Carol Ayres, tenor sax; Kevin Davis, tenor sax; Travis Meyer, alto sax; Tim Soper, bass drum; Jacob Ladwig, alto sax; Brandon Conway, trombone; and Connor Obermeier, alto sax.Iowa Lakes Community College music students who participated in the Hero’s Welcome event Saturday were, from left, Evan Mattioda, clarinet; Lincoln Larson, trumpet; Carol Ayres, tenor sax; Kevin Davis, tenor sax; Travis Meyer, alto sax; Tim Soper, bass drum; Jacob Ladwig, alto sax; Brandon Conway, trombone; and Connor Obermeier, alto sax.

Ayres participated in the concert and helped organize it, along with its director, Paul Bloomquist.

“Considering the sacrifice all of our veterans endured to secure our liberties, this is a small price for a worthy cause that will make a lifelong memory.”

The Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, one of many similar programs nationwide, helps fly veterans to visit war memorials and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C., at no cost to them.

Originally set up for World War II veterans, Honor Flights have since expanded to include those who served in the Korean and Vietnam war eras.

For more information on the music program at Iowa Lakes, visit www.iowalakes.edu/music

A volunteer 63-piece band that included nine people from Iowa Lakes Community College honored veterans on their return from the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight Saturday at Fort Dodge Regional Airport. The band wasn’t formally associated with any other organization beyond the Brushy Creek Honor Flight.A volunteer 63-piece band that included nine people from Iowa Lakes Community College honored veterans on their return from the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight Saturday at Fort Dodge Regional Airport. The band wasn’t formally associated with any other organization beyond the Brushy Creek Honor Flight.

For More Information:

Carol Ayres, instrumental music professor, at 712-330-3647

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