Lehighton Band will open its 148th season by presenting its annual Spring Concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22 in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium, Beaver Run Road, Lehighton.

The concert will be under the baton of Paul R. Smith and will feature a wide variety of selections.

The concert will get off to a rousing start with John Phillips Sousa's "The Gladiator March," followed by a new overture, "Overture Enerigico" by James Barnes.

Alfred Reed provided the arrangement for the next number, a medley of familiar hymn tunes "A Sacred Suite."

Popular music from the 30s to the 70s will be heard in selections like "Caravan," the music of "Sinatra" and "Mancini," as well as selections from "The Mamas and The Papas."

Also in this vein is the music from the film "Titanic" played to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the great ship's sinking.

Gustav Holst wrote the premiere piece of the concert, "First Suite in E Flat," one of the first great compositions written directly for the concert band.

This suite is in three movements and will put the band to the test. Several other selections will round out the program along with the marches "A Bridge Too Far," arranged by Johnny Vinson, and Henry Fillmore's fine march, "The Footlifter."

The music in this concert is sponsored by donations from local businesses, professional people and music lovers from throughout the area.

The primary sponsor was Jim Thorpe National Bank.

There is no admission charge for this concert, however, a free will offering will be accepted.