The 40th Season for the Hopelands Summer Concert Series concludes on Monday with a performance from the Aiken Concert Band.


The performance will take place on the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens and will begin at 6:30 p.m. This performance is presented by Security Federal.


The theme of the concert is Sounds of Fall. The Band will perform the fight songs and fan favorites from the colleges and universities in South Carolina that have football teams, as well as the fight songs of Aiken High School and South Aiken High School.


Everything from “Tiger Rag” to “Step to the Rear” will be played at this “Pre-Season Tailgate in the Gardens.” Fight songs from the following colleges will be played – USC Aiken, the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, South Carolina State University, Presbyterian College, Furman University and Wofford College. The audience is encouraged to wear their team colors and cheer along with their school's music as the band plays the fight songs.


The Aiken Concert Band is a nonprofit organization created to promote and offer the citizens of Aiken and the CSRA opportunities for musical entertainment and enjoyment. Aiken's concert band has been in existence for more than 25 years. The band is under the direction of Ryan Westberry, the director of bands at Aiken High School.


The event is free of charge. Food is allowed, but alcohol is not. Well-behaved pets on leashes are also allowed. Bicycles are not allowed inside Hopelands Gardens.


Public parking is available at the Green Boundary Club on Whiskey Road across from Hopelands Gardens.


Handicap parking is available at the Hopelands Gardens parking lot on 135 Dupree Place.


In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, located at 1700 Whiskey Road, in gym 2.


In the case of inclement weather, call the rainout hot line at 803-643-4661 or the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center at 803-642-7631.