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May 27th, 2008
Summer in the Park: 22nd Annual Music Series

Get your picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs packed! San Marcos Performing Arts Association and the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department are making the final preparations for the annual free Summer in the Park outdoor concert series.

With support from the San Marcos Arts Commission and the Series Sponsors – San Marcos Academy and Texas Nursing and Rehab of San Marcos, Summer in the Park will be celebrating their twenty-second year of performances beginning Thursday, June 5 at the San Marcos Plaza Park Stage.

The season will kick off with a performance by the Texas State University Swing Band sponsored by the Noon Lions Club. This 10-piece musical group of students and faculty is dedicated to performing the classic favorites of the Big Band era. Their repertoire includes many hits of such great dance orchestras as the Count Basie and Glen Miller bands.

Members of the Texas State Swing Band have been invited to perform at some of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals, including the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Antibes Jazz Festival in France. The ensemble consists of three saxophones, two trumpets, one trombone, piano, bass, and drums. Freddie Mendoza, Director of Jazz Studies at Texas State, directs the band. The Texas State Swing Band is pleased once again to kick off a great series of Thursday evening concerts in the park.

Summer in the Park continues its 22nd season of bringing great sounds to San Marcos throughout the summer. Additional performances this season include:

  • June 12 Wild Basin Winds – Woodwind Quintet
  • June 19 Heart of Texas Chorus
  • June 26 Dimensions in Blue – Air Force Band of the West Jazz Ensemble
  • July 3 Hill Country Community Band
  • July 10 Terri Hendrix Band
  • July 17 Zydeco Blanco
  • July 24 Salsa del Rio
  • July 31 The Patio Boys
  • Aug 7 Mariachi Nueva Generacion
  • Aug 14 Two Tons of Steel

The San Marcos Performing Arts Association and the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department present summer in the Park with generous support from the San Marcos Arts Commission and the Series Sponsors – San Marcos Academy and Texas Nursing and Rehab of San Marcos.

Patron Sponsors for the musical series are Noon Lions Club, Price Senior Center, Central Texas Medical Center, San Marcos Auto Outlet, Centurytel, Grande Communications, Frost Bank, Redwood Springs – Retirement and Assisted Living Center, Ernie’s Paint and Body Shop, Merrill Gardens – A Retirement Residence, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Broadway Bank.

Make plans to join us every Thursday night from 7:30-9:00 P. M. at San Marcos Plaza Stage for free musical entertainment that the whole family can enjoy! Concessions will be available and proceeds support the Greater San Marcos Youth Council. This wonderful event is a great opportunity for creating fun, family traditions. For more information on any of the Summer in the Park nights, please call 512-393-8400.

By LISA MORRIS
Recreation Manager – City of San Marcos

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