Saginaw-based CEYX performs in front of a crowd of about 2,000 for the Midland Fourth of July Celebration Wednesday night at Chippewassee Park

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By Kyle Campbell | Bay City Times

ceyxmidland4thMIDLAND, MI — With more than 40 years of experience and a 700-song repertoire, the members of CEYX were prepared to rock Midland’s Fourth of July celebration at Chippewassee Park, Wednesday night.

The Saginaw-based trio started by playing high school proms and homecoming dances in 1971, band member Dean Rusch said. Now the band travels throughout the state playing weddings, festivals and dances.

Rusch said the band specializes on crowd interaction; playing recognizable songs from 1950s oldies to more contemporary pop hits that people can sing along with. He said the band has drawn quite a bit of recognition over the years.

“It’s kind of interest because we started playing 40-some years ago and everyone is coming up to us saying, ‘You did my prom at Dow High School,'” he said. “Everybody’s got a story, that’s why it’s neat getting involved in these types of things.”

CEYX performed at the Midland Fourth of July show last year as well in front of a crowd that Rusch estimated to be about 6,000 people. Midland Parks and Recreation Manager Marcie Post estimated this year’s turn out to be lower — between 2,000 and 3,000 — because of the heat.




Summer and Madelyn Storms of Midland, 7 and 9, play limbo with their mother, Erica, while they wait for the sun to set at Chippewassee Park in Midland. Every year the park hosts a firework show for Independence Day.

Chippewassee Park in Midland prepares for the 4th of July


People flock to Chippewassee Park over the Tridge to enjoy a night of fireworks and family. Every year the park hosts a show for Independence Day. Jon Garcia |