215th Army Band Takes Riley-Pappas Stage Tonight

by | Jul 9, 2015

Photo courtesy 215th Army Band

Photo courtesy 215th Army Band

The 215th Army Band of the  Massachusetts Army National Guard remains one of the nation’s finest military bands. For more than 60 years, the band has performed throughout New England and the world, bringing the Army’s fine musical traditions and goodwill to thousands of listeners.

Tonight, they take the stage at the Riley-Pappas Pavilion at the Pappas Recreation Complex.  The band has been the international musical ambassador for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on numerous occasions. During the 1986 Presidential Summit with the Soviet Union in Iceland the 215th was the only United States military band to perform for President Reagan. The 215th received honors for their successful tours of Jamaica and Greece. In May 1995, the band traveled to The Netherlands to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of WW II.

Formed in Boston in 1950 with only 14 members, the band moved to Fall River in 1974. Primarily, the band performs across the state in concerts, parades, and state functions.


The free show begins at 6pm.  Bring chairs, blankets and snacks and be entertained by one of the finest musical acts to perform at the Summer in the Park concert series.