the structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This provided the catalyst for a community-wide
Local fundraising and countless hours of donated
labor stabilized the bandshell and restored it to its original splendor in
just two months.
A re-dedication ceremony in July 2003 drew approximately
1,500—roughly 90% of the town’s population. During the past year, the bandshell has hosted numerous events, including a series of concerts
performed by a newly-formed community band. Orion is located in Henry
County, 15 miles southeast of Rock Island.
Click for a PDF article
on the Orion
bandshell from the December issue of Historic Illinois. Music under the
Stars at Orion courtesy of Historic Illinois.