College of Visual and Performing Arts

JMU Hosts Free, Annual "Concerts on the Lawn"


Sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University, the 2016 Concerts on the Lawn series will take place between May 15 and June 19 on the Duke Lawn or at Memorial Hall. No concert will be held on June 5. All concerts are free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 15 @ 6 pm – Duke Lawn

Massanutten Brass Band and Massanutten Youth Brass Band are British-style bands in the Shenandoah Valley whose repertoire includes marches, concert works, hymns, movie music, and music written specifically for brass bands. Under the direction of Kevin Stees, Massanutten Brass Band was the 2007 Champion of the North American Brass Band Association’s 2nd Section. The band placed third in the 1st Section in 2009 and 2010, and second in the 1st Section in 2012. The Massanutten Youth Brass Band, now in its seventh year, draws its members from 13 high schools in the Central Virginia area. The band is under the direction of Rhonda Stees. 

Sunday, May 22 @ 6 pm – Memorial Hall

Sentimental Journey is a 17-piece big band featuring many of the area’s finest musicians. Started in 1986 by Dick Miller and directed by Ray Hoaster, the band plays throughout Central Virginia for dances, weddings, school master classes, private parties, charities, and swing and jazz concerts. This concert features the best of the Big Band Era, including classics by Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Count Basie and Glenn Miller.

Sunday, May 29 @ 6 pm – Duke Lawn

A newcomer to the series, the Massanutten Brass Quintet and Friends is a core group of five musicians who formed a quintet to compete at the North American Brass Band Association’s national contest in 2004. Five friends join the group to present a patriot music package with a salute to our troops. From Revolutionary and Civil War music to jazz and Dixieland, the Americana program for this concert honors the Memorial Day holiday.

Sunday, June 12 @ 6 pm – Duke Lawn

Just Jazzin', a 20-member ensemble that plays big band and contemporary swing and Latin tunes, has played at concerts, dances and benefits in the Central Virginia area. The band also performs with college and high school jazz ensembles, and gives master classes to young jazz musicians throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Directed by Tom McKenzie, Just Jazzin’ features vocal soloists Danny Baralle and Kelly Harris, as well as trumpeter Chris Magee, a HHS and JMU alumnus. Magee has played lead trumpet for artists such as Wayne Newton and The Temptations.

Sunday, June 19 @ 6 pm – Duke Lawn

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Concert Band, under the direction of Keith Hoodock, performs concert-in-the-park repertoire with marches, overtures and Broadway musicals. This year’s performance features Broadway tunes, movie music, Americana music and Sousa marches. The band traces its lineage to the late 19th century; it took the form of a modern-day concert band in 1983.

Duke Lawn is located between the Music Building and Duke Hall. Audience members are encouraged to bring picnic dinners and lawn chairs to the concerts. Parking is available between Duke Hall and Miller Hall, between the Forbes Center and Anthony-Seeger, and in the Warsaw Parking Deck. In the event of rain, the concerts will move indoors to Memorial Hall Auditorium at 395 South High Street; concertgoers can call (540) 568-6987 for a location update.

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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