For the 92nd year, or so, the streets of Williston will be overflowing with music, while thousands of spectators attempt to find a favorite location to place their chairs, as yet another Band Day marches into town.

Band Day has long been a favorite in this community and Saturday should be no different.

It all begins at 10:30 a.m. along the parade route, with some 20 bands from western North Dakota and Montana, joined by a number of local bands.

As of now, the weather forecast looks to be cooperative.

The guest bands this year include the Philadelphia Eagles drumline and the McNasty Brass Band out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

No doubt the Eagles drumline will have some stories to tell about Bismarck’s Carson Wentz, who calls signals for the Eagles.

Meanwhile, the Williston Rural Fire Department and the City Fire Department will be serving as the Band Day 2019 Parade Marshals.

Reportedly these individuals will be featured in the parade on Saturday.

We send out a Scope Salute to all members affiliated with those groups.


Following the parade your attention turns to Harmon Park.

A number of fun activities are planned for the park, while the stage at the Virgil Syverson Performance Center will be filled with entertainment, as a number of events also take place throughout the community.

A long-time community event, Band Day is produced through the efforts of the Williston Convention & Visitors Bureau and the local Band Day Committee.

The groups count on donations to assist with the funding of this event.

Having served on this committee, we can tell you every effort is made to put on a first-class show.

The only thing now is for you to be somewhere along the parade route.


You will also have an opportunity to drop in over at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church while out and about on Saturday, to check out the Rummage Sale for Charity.

This special sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church located at 111 14th St East in Williston.

You need to know that all proceeds go to support the children at St. Marc’s Preschool in Jeanette, Haiti and South Sudanese refugees at the Bidibidi Refugee camp in Uganda.

Church members here have gathered quite a collection of clothing, household items, miscellaneous items and furniture for your shopping enjoyment.

If you would like to donate items for the sale, or have any questions you can still leave a message at the church office (701) 572-9278.


Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, located at 1024 6th St. West in Williston, will be hosting a special Mother’s Day Hymn Fest.

The event is set to begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, with Williston native Dr. Allen Quie introducing and playing the new organ, recently purchased by the church.

Along with the organ music, a brass group will also be featured.

John Quie, a member of the committee that researched organs for the church to purchase, told us this led to a three-manual Rodgers Infinity 361 organ being installed in January.


John relied “heavily upon my brother’s advice about the organ purchase.”

You see, John’s brother is Dr. Allen Quie, plays organ in Phoenix, Arizona, on the same organ his church had purchased three years ago.

John went on to say, “when we went with this purchase he promised me that he would come home and play the new organ at the church.”

We learned Dr. Allen has been a church organist for 21 years at his church in Phoenix and had served churches in North Dakota prior to that.

The interesting note is he first studied under Eloise Halvorson more than 40 years ago and has been playing ever since.

We know a lot of folks around here got their musical start under the guidance of Eloise.


This will be a special Mother’s Day for the Quie brothers as their mother Lorraine, 91, makes her home in the Briarwood Apartments.

We learned Lorraine was an elementary school principal.

“She opened both Wilkinson and McVay schools,” said John.

While his family were members of Our Redeemer’s growing up, John moved back to Williston more than two years ago to care for his mother full time and rejoined the church.

He now serves on the Worship & Music committee, which was charged with the task of finding a new organ.

With that task complete, the Hymn Fest now allows time for a good old fashioned Hymn Sing on a very special Mother’s Day.

Hey, we can also tell you refreshments will be served following the Hymn Fest.


Should you be looking for a special day to take in a church service on Mother’s Day here are two opportunities for that special day with the Jore family.

Phil & C’Dale Jore, along with Karli & Piper Keck will present a Bluegrass Service beginning at 9 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alexander this Sunday.

At 11 a.m. a second Bluegrass Service will be in Williston with the Mission Lutheran Church, who meets at Bethel Lutheran Home Chapel.

Everyone is invited.


While Williston celebrates the long-running Band Day the town of Zap, located 90 miles northwest of Bismarck, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original Zip to Zap.

Zap, a very small town made up of approximately 300 residents, saw its town grow to some 3,000 occupants.

As a result the National Guard was called out to rescue the town and put an end to the gathering.


Credit for the idea is given to a North Dakota State University student who figured this to be an alternative party stop for those who couldn’t afford making a trip to Florida.

Can you imagine, this was all done, long before social media came along.

One can only think about what might have happened?

Reports indicated some $25,000 in damage was done to the community.

Now, the hope is to have a “family-oriented,” event.

After all, not every town can claim the name of Zap.

There’s no doubt some folks around here have fond, or foggy, memories of that time.


We seize this opportunity to send out a Happy Mother’s Day greeting to all the moms, on this special day set aside to honor them.

On this day special arrangements are made to give mom flowers, along with a nice meal, away from her kitchen.

This is also a time to look back and recall the memory of those moms who are no longer with us.

We send out a Scope Salute to honor each and every mother.

At the same time, we tend to agree with many who say, “every day is Mother’s Day.

It’s hard to argue with that.

Thomas A. Kvamme is a former resident and long time sports editor and columnist for the Herald. He can be reached at


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