Citizen's 4th of July Committee
Joe Kasparek, Parade Grand Marshal
Superior Senior High Band Director & Musician
Here is some interesting information about Joe:
The 2014 theme for Superior's annual July 4th parade is AMERICA'S MUSIC.
With that in mind, we are pleased to announce the Parade Grand Marshal is Joe Kasparek. Earning a BME- Instrumental Music from UW-Eau Claire and an MSE-Instruction from UW-Superior, Joe is a dedicated teacher of more than 25 years. He is currently in his 20th year with the Superior School District, the last five at Senior High. Prior to that he was the band director at Northwestern Middle and High Schools.
As an active musician in the Twin Ports area, he plays trumpet with a number of groups including the Big Time Jazz Orchestra and Twin Ports Wind Orchestra. He has also performed locally with the DSSO and the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra as well as other chamber and jazz groups. Other career highlights include performances with The Four Tops, The Temptations, and Wayne Newton. With his wife Lynette, a special education teacher at SMS, they have three children - Adam, Emily and Alex. Marching and playing under the direction of Mr. Kasparek will be the Spartan Marching Band. This group is comprised of the Concert Band, the Spartan Band and Jazz Ensemble I and II. The bands at Superior High School have consistently earned top ratings at WSMA festivals held each spring. America’s music is a culmination of many cultures and styles, but each has commonality in that it brings a smile to our faces and most often sets our toes to tapping. A parade would be a lot less fun without music. Thank you Mr. Kasparek and Band members for your time and dedication. We love your music!
We will be staging on Catlin Ave by the High School. The parade again will start at 11 am. The parade will start at 28th and Catlin Ave, west on 28th to Hammond, South on Hammond to the Middle School.
I have again been denied a Flyover by the Dept of Defense due to the budget constraints still in effect:
Jeff Foster - pink truck
Free Spirit Riders
Green Lite Fitness
Butch Kastern - Vintage vehicles
Superior Savings Bank
Superior Choice CU
Lake Sup Laundry
Nemadji Golf Course
Jacks Fast Food
S.M.D.C. of Superior
Wolfs Flower Shop
Village of Superior
City of Superior
History of the 4th of July Committee
In 1996, there was no parade, fire works or any other community-wide event. With that knowledge, a small group of dedicated citizens had the idea of collecting monetary donations so they could organize some events for the 4th. A small amount of money was raised, enough to send out mailers advertising the parade and looking for any and all to build a float, bring their horses or whatever they wanted to join the parade. In a following year, the group added a car show to the day's activities and that turned out to be a huge success and still is. Fireworks were added next and each subsequent year sees a bigger and better show. Several of the same people that started this event are still working to make the 4th the special day that it is. The committee begins planning In January, discussing various themes and nominations for Grand Marshal(s). Our themes have ranged from “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” which encompassed a food drive to “It’s A Grand Old Flag” when small USA flags were handed out. Choosing a Grand Marshal(s) is the result of nominations of community members who have given their time and talents to the betterment of this community.
Committee meetings are open to anyone and new members are warmly welcomed! Meetings are currently held the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 P.M. Meetings are at VIP on Tower Ave