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Bob Olsen calls them his “All Stars”.

Many are alumni of the man from Fremont who has been an integral part of Fremont’s musical heritage for decades.

The public is invited to hear these “All Stars” as they perform Olsen’s original arrangements beginning at 12:15 p.m. Friday, July 8 in the Chautauqua Tent at John C. Fremont City Park, 814 N. Broad St.

As with other Chautauqua Tent programs, this event is free and is part of the John C. Fremont Days Festival.

Olsen said the 45-minute program will include a tribute to servicemen and women.

“I wrote a mix of service songs,” Olsen said.

One song will be a tribute to John C. Fremont, titled “The Pathfinder”.

Olsen appreciates the group of people who will make up the group.

“I have an all-star band from all over this state, and five of them are alumni who played in the Fremont High School Band,” Olsen said.

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A few members of the group come from other states.

Band members and the instruments they will play include: Paul Haar, associate professor of saxophone and director of jazz studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Bob Johnson, trumpet; Loy Hetrick, trombone; Al Anderson, guitar; Kevin Koopman, tuba; Judy Redlawsk, flute; Roger Dill, trumpet; and Ryan Marsh, drummer.

Fremont Mayor Joey Spellerberg will play drums during the Fireman’s Polka. Spellerberg’s father, “Moostach Joe”, had a longtime polka band and radio show.

Tom Adamson will be master of ceremonies.

Although the 94-year-old Olsen won’t be performing, he will be on stage, maybe giving a beat or two.

Olsen has a long history of music in Fremont. Her father, Walter, taught instrumental music at Fremont public schools for 38 years.

Bob Olsen performed with various bands, playing for radio shows in New York and Chicago. Then, after his father retired, Bob taught instrumental music at FPS for 35 years.

More recently, Olsen taught instrumental music to youth at the Masonic Home-Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont.

Olsen hopes area residents will attend the show.

“I think they’ll hear some of the best musicians in the state,” Olsen said. “Most of these people are professionals and I appreciate the fact that they come from all over the country to join the group. The program should be of interest to all ages.

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