River Cities band to perform Friday

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The River Cities Concert Band will be the featured group at this week’s Edward Jones Summer Concert Series, co-sponsored by the Stephen Foster Music Club and the Bardstown Parks & Recreation Department.

The series, now in its 16th season of free, family-oriented concerts, is held at Bardstown Community Park each Friday at 7 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The River Cities Concert Band will be presenting a concert of wind band works, featuring the music of some of America’s favorite composers.

The 60-plus member band is based in the Louisville area, but draws musicians from all over north-central Kentucky and southern Indiana.

The band plans a program to please all ages, with such popular movie music selections as “Disney at the Movies,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and John Williams’ “Symphonic Soundtracks.” Other selections include the classic “How the West Was Won” and the exciting “The Great Locomotive Chase.”

A clarinet soloist will be featured on “Benny Goodman: The King of Swing,” and the trombone section will play the novelty piece “Whirligig.” And of course there will be marches, with such favorites as Sousa’s “The Liberty Bell March.”

Formed in 1980, the all-adult Sousa-style band is composed of music teachers and former college musicians, as well as amateur musicians from all walks of life.

The band is under the direction of Brad Jopec of Mount Washington.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Farmers Market on East Flaget Avenue.

Next week’s program will feature Bardstown resident Pat Kirtley, an acoustic guitarist, recording artist and former U.S. national guitar champion.

This year’s Summer Band Concert Series is again being underwritten by Edward Jones Investment agents Rob Smotherman, Sarah Hite Ballard, Matt Anderson, Darren Royal, and Nat Jordan. Corporate Patrons are in memory of William H. Franklyn, McCoy & Hiestand PLC and Town & Country Bank.

Patrons of the Arts this year are Advanced Visionary Printing, Bardstown Music Tones, Drs. Josh and Lindsay Blackmon, Cheryl and Keith Board, Phil and Lynne Bowling, Bill and Cathy Conway, Don Franklin Chevrolet, Five Star Food Marts, General Nelson Inn, Dick and Alice Heaton, Hibbs & Associates, Jay Allen Insurance Agency, Kentucky Home Realty, Lincoln National Bank and Wilson & Muir Bank.

Many other local businesses and individuals also made contributions, making this year’s concert series possible.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and let the kids play on the park’s playground equipment while you enjoy the concert. There is plenty of parking available.