TRADOC Band

Music Under the Stars with the TRADOC Band (Tradoc band music, TRADOC / August 22, 2012)

Warm summer nights and free musical events are a frequent combination during August in Hampton Roads.

Military bands and community orchestras come out to entertain area residents, often previewing what's coming up on music programs in the coming year.

Grab your lawn chair or blanket and a picnic basket. Enjoy some light classical, pops and movie music or military marches. Here's a lineup of several events happening in the coming week.

TRADOC Jazz Combo. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown.

The Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band headquartered at Fort Eustis has several small ensembles that perform throughout the region.

TRADOC Rock. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. Merchants Square, Williamsburg.

Part of the popular annual Summer Breeze Concert Series. merchantssquare.org. 757-565-8889

TRADOC Woodwind and Brass Quintets. 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21. Magnolia Park, Fort Eustis.

Each summer, the band serves up different musical ensembles at its Music Under the Stars series in a park by the James River.

U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Wind Ensemble. 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21. Bandstand at Continental Park, Fort Monroe.

Part of Fort Monroe's third annual Music by the Bay concert series. fmauthority.com.

Virginia Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21. 31st Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Part of the Neptune Festival's "Symphony by the Sea" series, this concert will feature an evening of light classics, including Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Grieg's "Peer Gynt" Suite, Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachmusik" and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

Michael Clark Band. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. Bennett's Creek Park, 3000 Bennett's Creek Park Road, Suffolk.

The band offers up an evening of blues and other music at the city's TGIF Summer Music Series. 757-514-7267. suffolkva.us/parks/special-events/.

David Nicholson can be reached at 757-247-4794.