Free Concerts Start June 14

Thursdays in the Park, the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s free concert series begins on June 14 with a performance by the Chesapeake Bay Community Band. Formed in 1994, the band performs throughout the region delighting audiences with marches, classic concert band literature and Broadway favorites.

Under the skillful direction of conductor Fred Hughes, the band has evolved into a professional level group who are sought after for special events and concerts year-round. Hughes has performed, conducted and presented workshops throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. By the age of 25, he had already been long recognized as an up and coming conductor and World Class jazz pianist for his work with the First Army Band in Fort Meade, Maryland and the Eighth Army Band in Seoul, Korea. His conducting credits include the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Atlanta and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras, Washington and Lyric Opera Orchestras and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

This performance will be held at the Kent Island Yacht Club in Chester, Maryland. Food and beverage are available for sale. Concerts begin at 7 pm. The series is presented by the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council and sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council, the United Way of Queen Anne’s County, and Frank Kratovil. Media sponsorship is provided by Tidewater Trader and radio station WCTR 1530. Bring blankets or chairs; picnicking is encouraged. Concerts will be held rain or shine. Contact the Arts Council in the event of extreme weather conditions or alerts. The summer concert schedule is available online at or call 410-758-2520

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts. Visit us on the web at