Patriotic Tunes in The Flag City

. June 26, 2014.

Add some music to your summer nights with a crowd-pleasing concert by the Findlay Civic Band. Now in its 63rd season, the community band will perform a festive lineup where dancing along is encouraged. “Many people bring their entire family along and enjoy a picnic dinner prior to or during the concert,” said director Jack Taylor, music professor and director of bands at the University of Findlay. “The music is light, the atmosphere is casual, and we try to keep it that way.” Some seating is available on park benches and bleacher stands, but many bring their own lawn chairs. This year’s themes range from venerable patriotic tunes to movie magic. On July 2, the band will play selections that focus on America’s armed conflicts, with a color guard by Boy Scout Troop 308. July 9 will feature European compositions. Classic film scores round out the season on July 16. Each concert includes the “Star Spangled Banner” and Findlay’s own “Down By the Old Mill Stream.” New members are always welcome. High schoolers are asked to check with their school band directors first, and community members who want to dust off their instruments are encouraged to contact Taylor with any questions.

Wednesday, July 2, Wednesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 16. Performances begin at 7:30pm. Allen Dudley Bandshell at Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave., Findlay. For more information, call Taylor at 419-434-4573 or email him at Free.