At 6 p.m. on Sunday evening, June 11, the Hudson temperature reached 89 degrees and as the green began to fill with folks ready to listen the sounds of the Western Reserve Big Band, shade was the place to be. Participants enjoyed sunshine, warm breezes and the first concert outdoors, of the 40th summer concert series.

The Western Reserve Big Band is also celebrating an anniversary this season, they held their first practice in February of 1997. For 20 years this local community band has been delighting audiences all over northeast Ohio. June 11 was no exception as the Western Reserve Big Band played a wide variety of music including marches, overtures, contemporary and classical. As the time closed in on 9 p.m., the lighting on the green took on a magical feel and the band performed, "Somewhere over the Rainbow." Again delighting members of the audience young and old. The Western Reserve Big Band was sponsored by the Hudson League for Service who will host their ice cream social this Friday, June 16.

Upcoming concert

Join the Bandstand Committee, City of Hudson, Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation and Western Reserve Academy as they celebrate the signature concert of the 40th season this Sunday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at special location, Western Reserve Academy. Parking can be found at St. Mary's church. Hudson High School Auditorium will be used in the event of inclement weather. The signature concert will feature the Cleveland POPS, with Carl Topilow, presenting the highest quality symphonic pops music to entertain and enrich a wide and diverse audience. The Cleveland POPS helped Hudson celebrate the 30th anniversary of this summer concert series as well, and the city is abuzz with excitement to continue this tradition of celebration.