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Performed by the Kingsburg City Band

Dale Engstrom will be leading the City Band in 2017 as it provides music and summertime entertainment for the Valley during its 130th season. Make plans now to be a part of this long-standing tradition! See below for the dates or visit Kingsburg City Band for more information.

22:jun

Begins at 8:00pm

Vendor area opens at 5:00pm

29:jun

Begins at 8:00pm

Vendor area opens at 5:00pm

06:jul

Begins at 8:00pm

Vendor area opens at 5:00pm

13:jul

"Concert for Kids" - Begins at 8:00pm

Vendor area opens at 5:00pm

20:jul

"The Big Screen" - Begins at 8:00pm

Vendor area opens at 5:00pm

27:jul

"Classics" - Begins at 8:00pm

Vendor area opens at 5:00pm

Kingsburg Summer Band History

OldBandatHouse2The Kingsburg Summer Band has a long and impressive history. Founded in 1887 it is one of the oldest community bands in the United States. The group has a tradition of presenting quality programs that please young and old alike. Each concert features a guest soloist, conductor or small group. The musical selections vary from Sousa to Stravinsky. The free concerts begin at 8:00 PM on Thursday nights in the beautiful Kingsburg Memorial Park. Head east on Sierra (Conejo) off of highway 99 to Memorial Park across from the high school.

 

Dale conducting

 

The first director of the band was a Swede by the name of Mr. Claus. He was a cornet player and led the first band of 14 musicians in 1887 at the railway platform. Today’s band boasts approximately 80 members in the remodeled band shell. The musicians come from as far as Merced and Los Banos. There have been a total of 30 directors in its 130-year history. The current and longest standing director of the group is Dale Engstrom. This will be his 40th year as director of the band. The band is made up of farmers, doctors, professional and semi-professional musicians, bankers, you name it! They all share the common goal of loving to make beautiful music together. The City of Kingsburg, the Chamber of Commerce and various patrons help support this long-standing, family oriented tradition.