May 01--The Aiken Concert Band will kick off the first installment of the 40th annual Hopelands Gardens Concert Series on Monday.
The performance will begin at 7 p.m. on the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands.
A nonprofit organization that has performed for more than 25 years, the Aiken Concert Band was created to promote and offer opportunities for musical entertainment and enjoyment to area residents.
The band is under the direction of Ryan Westberry, who also serves as the band director at Aiken High School. The concert will feature a variety of songs including "The Star Spangled Banner," "Stars and Stripes Forever" and "Putting on the Ritz."
The performance is presented by Security Federal, and in the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the H. Odell Weeks Center in gym 2, located at 1700 Whiskey Road.
The concert series will continue throughout the summer each Monday night until the end of August. All concerts will begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The family-friendly concert series is free of charge, and families can bring their pets as long as they stay on leashes at all times. Food is allowed on site, but alcohol will be prohibited.
Public parking is available at the Green Boundary Club off of Whiskey Road across from Hopelands Gardens. Handicapped parking is available at Hopelands Gardens parking lot, located at 135 Dupree Place. Parking for staff, performers and any additional handicapped parking will be available at the Rye Patch, 100 Berrie Road. Parking will not be allowed on the sides of Berrie Road and Dupree Place.
Those who may need disability accommodations may notify the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department at 803-642-7631 no less than 72 hours in advance.
For more information on the concert series schedule, call 803-642-7631. In case of inclement weather, call the PRT Rain-Out Hotline at 803-642-4661 or the Weeks Center at 803-643-7631.
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Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.
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