A beloved community kick-off-to-summer tradition, the first Yankton Area Summer Band Concert and Kids Art Fest are scheduled to take place on Tuesday evening, May 28, at Riverside Park in Yankton.

Yankton Area Arts will be hosting the 28th annual Kids Art Fest from 5-7:30 p.m. at Riverside Park inside the picnic shelter next to the ball field. Challenging, creative, art-related projects offered by a dozen local organizations will be available and free to elementary-age children.

The first Yankton Area Summer Band concert will follow at 8 p.m. at the Riverside Park Amphitheatre under the direction of guest conductor Brian LeMaster, the Director of Bands at Beresford High School. Prior to teaching in Beresford, LeMaster was the band director at Brookings High School and Colman-Egan High School. LeMaster is an active clinician and judge and has conducted honor band concerts in Milbank, Arlington, Platte, Yankton and Dubuque, Iowa. LeMaster graduated from South Dakota State University in 1997. His bands have earned numerous superior ratings at large group contest and marching band festivals. His marching bands have performed at the Portland Rose Festival, The Cotton Bowl Parade and The NATO Parade of Nations in Norfolk, Virginia.

The all-volunteer band will present six concerts this summer on May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26, and July 3 and boasts an average annual membership of 70-100 musicians ranging from students to professionals from Yankton and the surrounding communities. Rehearsal begins at 6:30 p.m. for all volunteer musicians (high school or older) interested.

Following the Yankton Area Summer Band Concerts, Yankton Area Arts will continue its summer concert series with four pops concerts also at Riverside Amphitheatre on July 9, 16, 23, and 30. The final band list will be announced at a later date.

If there is inclement weather, all band rehearsals and band/pops concerts will be held at the Summit Activities Center Theater, 1801 Summit Street. For late changes due to weather, tune to local radio stations. Follow Yankton Area Arts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.

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