HARRISONBURG — James Madison University’s Concerts on the Lawn series is returning on Sunday, offering the community four free outdoor concert band performances through June 23.

The concerts are held at Duke Lawn, which is located between the Music Building and Duke Hall on the JMU campus, each starting at 6 p.m. The annual concert series is sponsored by JMU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The series will kick off on Sunday with a performance by Massanutten Brass Band and Massanutten Youth Brass Band. The Massanutten Brass Band was the champion of the North American Brass Band Association’s 2nd Section in 2007, followed by third place in the 1st Section in 2009 and 2010, and second place in the 1st Section in 2012, according to a press release.

The youth brass band’s membership is made up of young musicians from 13 different high schools in the region.

Both are “British-style bands in the Shenandoah Valley whose repertoire includes marches, concert works, hymns, movie music and music written specifically for brass bands,” the release states.

The second concert in the series will be held June 9 featuring Just Jazzin’, a local ensemble of 20 that plays big band, Latin and contemporary swing. The band offers classes for beginning jazz musicians and often performs with college and high school ensembles, according to the release.

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Concert Band will perform a variety of musical styles on June 16, including Sousa marches, film scores and Broadway numbers.

The Concerts on the Lawn series will conclude on June 23 with Sentimental Journey, a 17-member band that will play Big Band Era classics by the likes of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller.

The university asks that guests bring their own lawn chairs. Parking will be available in the Warsaw Parking Deck, as well as between Duke and Miller halls, and between the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts and Anthony-Seeger Hall.

The concerts will move inside the auditorium of Memorial Hall, located at 395 S. High St., in case of rain on Sunday, June 9 and 16. For more information, call 540-568-6987 or visit the JMU Concerts on the Lawn Facebook page.

Contact Shelby Mertens at 574-6274 or smertens@dnronline.com. Follow Shelby on Twitter @DNR_smertens

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