Ottumwa Municipal Band's 149th season begins

The Ottumwa Municipal Band will present its first concert of the year this Thursday.

This is the 149th season, and the event kicks off at 7 p.m. The band's director says this is a new season of old favorites like the Sound of Music. Each week will have a different theme with various musicians and vocalists taking part in the productions. Guest are reminded to bring chairs or blankets when they come out to see the Ottumwa Municipal Band.

â??The concerts are free in Central Park starting at 7 o'clock, and it goes for an hour,â?? Municipal Band Director Brenda Hagedon said. â??If we have a weather situation, like last year we had a lot of really really hot days--then we move to the Quincy Place Mall in the center court by JcPenney.â??

The Municipal Band will also take part in the Ottumwa Balloon Races and the 4th of July celebration at Greater Ottumwa Park.