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PROVO, PAYSON BANDS BEGIN SERIES TONIGHT

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The Provo Municipal Band and the Payson City Band will both start their summer concerts-in-the-park series tonight.

Provo will lead off with a patriotic program. Guest conductor Dan Bachelder will strike up the band at 7:30 p.m. in North Park, 500 N. Fifth West.Following tradition, the concert will open with the band and audience performing "The Star-Spangled Banner." Briggs' "Concord and Lexington March," Bilik's "American Civil War Fantasy" and Gershwin's "An American in Paris" will follow.

The trumpet section will be featured in "Buglers' Holiday" before the children march around the park to the tune of Sousa's "Fairest of the Fair."

The hourlong concert is the first of five offered by the Provo Municipal Band. Others are at the same time and place on Sunday evenings through Aug. 5. People should bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

Payson's Memorial Park will again be the site of regular Sunday evening band concerts - a city tradition.

The concerts begin tonight at 8 p.m. and will continue each week until Labor Day. Band members for the concerts are mostly local musicians - including members of the Payson High School Marching Band - but some, conductor Roger Holt said, come from as far away as Salt Lake City and even Kamas.

Holt said he can't remember a summer without the traditional concerts, and was a band member for years before becoming the conductor. Jay Thomas will be this year's master of ceremonies.

Those interested in joining the band can contact Holt at 465-9517.