ASHLAND, Ore. —It’s time to grab your blanket, chair, and favorite snacks. The Ashland City Band Concerts are back for the summer.
“Excitement is the word,” said Ashland City Band Director, Don Bieghler
A long-standing tradition of live music is back in Ashland.
“We’ve been doing these concerts for about 100 years,” said Bieghler.
Every Thursday from now until the end of August, you can enjoy a free concert at the Butler Memorial Bandshell in Lithia Park. It’s being put on by the Ashland City Band.
“It’s made up of people of all ages high school through older adults, college students, a number of the band has been around for 25 to 30 years,” said Bieghler.
Each week the Ashland Brass, the German Band, Rogue Valley Symphony, and the High Society Jazz orchestra get the crowd warmed up before the main event. The hour-long concert consists of a variety of music styles, from marches and musicals to original works.
“Flutes and oboes and trumpets and trombones, percussion and every band instrument we have up here,” said band member, Christine Lundahl
Lundahl is SOU’s new Director of Bands, this week was her first concert with the group. After a year off of live performances, she says the night was special.
“How special it is to be able to play all together as an ensemble, it has been many months since we’ve been able to be around live music and I know everybody in the audience and band is just so excited,” said Lundahl.
The audience says it’s a welcomed event.
“We just love outdoor music,” said one Medford resident.
“As long as the summer goes we’ll be here,” said an Ashland resident.
If you missed it, the concerts will continue every Thursday until August 19th.
NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning with the PAC 12 Network.
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