SANATOGA PA – When the U.S. Army Reserve’s 78th Army Band arrives Wednesday (July 23, 2014) for yet another Lower Pottsgrove Summer Concert Series performance beneath the band shell at Sanatoga Park on South Sanatoga Road, it may look and sound like the same group of talented musicians who played here in years past. It is … and isn’t. Because the 78th is a military unit, its musicians and conductors come and go as new recruits enlist and veterans retire. Musical numbers change too, as some tunes become popular and others fall out of favor. But in promoting the Sanatoga concert this week on social media, the band has emphasized the consistency of its sound and quality of its performances. It credits both to conductors and members who want to present only the best to their audiences. In short, the 78th says, it’s ready to “wow” Lower Pottsgrove all over again. The 78th Army Band will play a variety of marches, patriotic tunes, and other musical selections during its mid-week concert that begins at 7 in the park. Admission is free without reservations, parking is free, and there’s plenty of room on the stadium-like hillside surrounding the band shell. For comfort, bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating.
Their performance is sponsored by Exelon Nuclear. Other concerts remaining in the series include:
- July 27 (Sunday), with “Blue Moon;”
- Aug. 2, “Makin’ Music Gilbertsville,” with a show geared towards families with pre-school aged children during the first 40 minutes, followed by familiar favorites for the grown-ups; and
- Aug. 10, the Pottsgrove Community Band, the series’ perennial season-closing act.
Scheduled programs are weather-dependent. If rain threatens a concert, most will be re-scheduled for 7 p.m. on the following day. To find out if an event must be rescheduled, check the home page of the township website, or call (610) 960-1314 after 5 p.m. on the day of the event.