LOCK HAVEN - The Repasz Band will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Triangle Park as part of Lock Haven's Summer Concert Series.
The Repasz Band was founded in Williamsport in 1831 and is the oldest non-military band in continuous existence in the United States. The band took on its current name in 1859 in honor of one of its most talented conductors, Daniel Repasz.
The band's own "Repasz Band March," which has been on a Top 40 list and was used in an episode of "M*A*S*H," with Col. Sherman T. Potter singing lyrics to its melody.
Shown is the Repasz Band, who will perform Friday as part of Lock?Haven’s Summer Concert Series.
First organized in August 1831 in Williamsport by Jacob L. Mussina, the group's instrumentation consisted of flutes, clarinets, a piccolo and only one brass instrument: a French horn.
In 1840, Daniel Repasz became a member of the Band. Recognized for his dynamic musical character, he became a major force behind the band's transformation to a fine brass band. He was elected as the band's fourth director in 1856, and, in gratitude for his dedication and accomplishments, the band members adopted the name Repasz Band in 1859.
Today, the Repasz Band continues the tradition of service as Williamsport's own community band, performing for patriotic and civic celebrations, the Little League World Series, concerts for hospitals and nursing homes in the area and annual holiday and spring concerts.
In addition, the Repasz Band also provides musicians in the community with an opportunity to be able to continue using their musical skills as an expression of personal creativity and community pride.
The Repasz Band's concept of musical service to the community is extended through maintaining the band's longstanding tradition of never charging an admission fee for its concerts. The band is supported solely by concert honoraria, donations and volunteer efforts.
The band is led by Albert J. Nacinovich, who is serving his 30th year as director. He is assisted by Gordon Taylor, retired United States Navy School of Music instructor.
To learn more about The Repasz Band, visit www.lycoming.org/repaszband.
The public is invited to attend this free summer concert and advised to bring a chair.
To learn more about the 2014 Summer Concert Series, visit www.lockhavencity.org.