Elks Band wows the crowd

Joe Mellenbruch Journal Reporter
Elks Band conductor Glenn Rygg sings with the band playing behind him in an original rendition of an American classic, “Glory, Glory.”

On Tuesday night in Roosevelt Park, Devils Lake Elks Band conductor Glenn Rygg put down the baton and picked up the microphone for his group’s final number. What followed was a certain crowd pleaser.

In what was an original arrangement of “Glory, Glory, Halleluiah,” Rygg belted out the American classic in a performance that perhaps even Elvis would have been proud of.

“I actually used to do an Elvis show,” Rygg said. “I arranged that song for the band. It was taken from (Elvis’) 1973 Aloha concert in Hawaii.”

A crowd of over 250 Devils Lake music fans made it out for the performance on what was a calm, sunny evening.

But all attendants weren’t set up in lawn chairs outside the bandshell. A handful were actually up on stage playing along with the band.

Devils Lake Kiwanis was the group who organized and sponsored the concert, which turned out to be an event that many seemed to enjoy very much.

“These events are among our best kept secrets,” said Dave Nick, Kiwanis secretary, “and we need to let more people know about it, because everyone who comes out has a great time.”

Other American classics that were heard included the Star Spangled Banner, Semper Fideles, The Music Man and “Stars and Stripes.”

The Devils Lake Elks Band will perform again this Sunday at Roosevelt Park for the Elks Club Picnic.