A series of free, open-to-the-public concerts has been set by the Concert Band of Northwest Pennsylvania for June 23 to July 28.

Three of the concerts will be in Edinboro and three will be in Meadville, according to director John Fleming.

The opening concert is June 23 on the lawn of  Louis C. Cole Auditorium on the Edinboro University campus beginning at 7 p.m. The theme is “Music from the Movies” with guest conductor Greg Tower, who has been a member of the band’s trombone section since it was founded in 1982.

The next Edinboro concert, “From Sea to Shining Sea: A Concert to Honor America,”  is July 7 at 7 p.m.  The musical selections honor many of the geographical areas of the United States. Soloist Daniel Burdick of Edinboro University will play on euphonium, “From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific” by Herbert L. Clarke.

On July 14, the band will close its 2010 Edinboro series with by taking its audience on a musical journey “North of the Border: An Evening of Canadian Music.”

“North of the Border: An Evening of Canadian Music” begins the band’s Meadville series July 15 at 7 p.m. in Diamond Park, which will be the time and location for all Meadville concerts. In case of bad weather, these concerts move to  the lobby of Henderson Campus Center at Allegheny College.

“From Sea to Shining Sea: A Concert to Honor America” is the theme on July 21.   

The season comes to a conclusion on July 28 with “Music from the Movies” with guest conductor Charles Lute, who is the director of the Edinboro University Spirit of the Scots Marching Band.

In addition to its concerts, the band is also sponsoring this year the Memorial Day service for Edinboro.

This will be held in the Edinboro Cemetery on May 30 at 7 p.m. The band begins playing at 6:40 p.m. The speaker is Lt. Col. William Shepherd, who currently commands the ROTC unit at Edinboro University.

n More information: Call (814) 734-4389.

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