The First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band will be marching through downtown Hopkins, playing a rope tension drum and six-hole fifes to kick off the city’s summer Concert in the Park series.

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Summer Music in the Park series opens June 20 in Hopkins

  • Article by: Ben Johnson
  • Star Tribune
  • June 18, 2013 - 4:15 PM

Hopkins will kick off its summer Music in the Park series Thursday with a march through downtown by the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band. The march will begin at 6:15 p.m. beneath the clock tower at 9th Avenue and Main Street.

The band will stop and play its Revolutionary War-style music with drums and fifes at various locations throughout downtown before returning to Downtown Park for the start of the 7 p.m. concert.

Eight additional concerts will follow this summer, and every concert will be at 7 p.m. on a Thursday in Downtown Park, except for a special noon concert July 18 by the Somewhat Dixieland Band. The bands playing will cover a wide variety of music. For a complete schedule and band list, go to

The concerts are free, sponsored by the Hopkins Business and Civic Association. Volunteers from the Hopkins Activity Center will sell raspberry sundaes at the events.


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