Band concert

Jim Baxter directs the Oregon Community Band on June 6.

The Oregon Community Band will kick off its 37th summer parks concert season at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, June 5, at Waterman Triangle Park, and continue each Tuesday through July 3.

Band director James Baxter called the free concerts the “harbinger of summer to Oregon” – though the heat didn’t wait this year – and wrote the band has been practicing since March.

Different organizations sponsor the refreshments each week, which are provided at a nominal cost. The Oregon/Brooklyn Optimist Club is providing the food and drink the first week, and the following weeks are sponsored by Oregon Headliners 4-H, the Oregon Area Historical Society, Eastern Star and Friends of the OCB.

The Oregon-Brooklyn VFW post will present the colors June 12 and July 3, and there will be a guest performance by the Stoughton City Band on June 19.

According to its website, the 45-member band performs at venues around the state and serves as a performance outlet for experienced adult woodwind, brass and percussion musicians.

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