Summer and Sousa make an excellent combination, and nobody does it better than the Tacoma Concert Band. This 60-piece band is celebrating its 30th anniversary this season, and opens with “Fantasia!” on October 9 at the Pantages, complete with a world premiere composition for harp and band. The season continues with Sousa, Mexican music and a reappearance by trumpet virtuoso Alan Vizutti.
But this week you can hear them for free in the great outdoors, in their annual Summer Concerts in the Parks series. Each concert has a “pops”-style program of best-of-bands, and is a fun thing for families. Bring a rug, a picnic and (of course) a sweater.
Here’s the schedule:
6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 10): Clocktower Park, Northwest Landing, 1408 Thompson Circle, DuPont
7 p.m. Aug. 11: Sylvester Park, Capitol and Legion Way, Olympia
6:30 p.m. Aug. 12: front lawn of Franke Tobey Jones Retirement Estates, 5340 N. Bristol St. (adjacent to Pt. Defiance Park), Tacoma
6 p.m. Aug. 14: Johnson Farm, 9306 Otso Point Rd., Anderson Island
More information: 253-584-0616, www.tacomaconcertband.org