SALEM — Free summer concerts at the Salem Willows bandstand begin next week.
The North Shore Concert Band, under the direction of Dave Benjamin, will perform a series of six Tuesday concerts from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings beginning June 28.
The 25-piece band, made up of musicians from around the area, plays pop tunes, semi-classical music, marches and hit songs from Broadway shows. At every concert, before intermission, children parade around the bandstand with toy musical instruments.
Although the summer program is going on as usual this year, the free concerts recently lost a long-standing funding source. As a result, organizers have appealed for donations to help keep alive a tradition that goes back about a century.
Donations to the "North Shore Concert Band" can be sent to longtime organizer Robert Hayes, 40 Memorial Drive, Salem, MA, 01970.