The annual series of "Concerts Under the Stars" will kick off Thursday evening in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater with performances by the Lehighton Band and the Lehighton Boys & Girls Band.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, it will be held at the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band Hall, Sixth and Cypress streets.

The concert will begin with selections by the Boys and Girls Band under the direction of Robert E. Fetterman.

Their first number will be a march, "Sabre and Spurs," by Eric Osterling. This will be followed by an arrangement of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and Paul Cooks' arrangement of the theme from "The A Team."

The "Gilette Look Sharp March," "They Went Thataway," and "The Rainbow Connection" will round out the first part of the program.

The Boys and Girls Band was organized in 1911 and is the only community youth band in the area.

The Lehighton Band, directed by Paul R. Smith, will continue the program with the Richard Rodgers march, "Guadalcanal," followed by James Barnes "Eagle Bend Overture."

"The Peanut Vendor" by Moises Simon and Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance" are next.

There will be a medley of Neil Diamond hits performed. Songs include "America," "Sweet Caroline," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Cherry, Cherry," and "I'm a Believer."

To end their portion of the program, the band will play Goldman's "The Chimes of Liberty March."

The third portion of the program will feature the combined bands playing "Excalibur" by Swearingen, "El Camino" by Nowak, and "Sweet Georgia Brown," arranged by Balent.

Fetterman will be the director for this segment.

Smith will finish the concert conducting "Rockwell Portrait" by Morales, "Baby Elephant Walk" by Mancini, and Ted Mesang's "Symbol of Liberty March."

The Lehighton Band was organized in 1864 and is one of the oldest community bands in the nation.

The concert is free.