Summer pops in Portsmouth (photos)


PORTSMOUTH — The Sakonnet River provided a picturesque backdrop as music-lovers crowded the lawn of Glen Manor House for the American Band’s annual summer pops concert last Thursday.

The Friends of the Glen Manor House hosted the lawn concert free of charge to all. Attendees brought blankets, chairs and picnic suppers as conductor Brian Cardany led the band through popular favorites as well as classical pieces and marches.

The American Band is a symphonic concert band comprised of over 50 adult musicians from Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The group has a long and colorful history extending back to 1837, making the American Band one of the oldest continuously active bands in the United States.

Check out a gallery of photos by Alex Watrous below.



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