The Ridgeville Band of Evanston, under the direction of Monty Adams, will perform Saturday, July 28, at 1:00 p.m. at the Evanston Historical Society’s annual Ice Cream Social on the grounds of Charles Dawes House, Greenwood St. and Sheridan Rd. in the suburb.

The music — and the ice cream — are free to all ages.

Theme of this year’s performance is “Concert in the Park: Summer of 1900,” re-creating the gazebo atmosphere of a popular summer band concert in the early 1900s, with spirited marches, operatic adaptations, lively waltz music, movie themes, and Broadway show tunes. Featured composers will include everything from Verdi and Rossini to Sousa, Bernstein, and Henry Mancini.

The Ridgeville Band of Evanston is a not-for-profit, community-based wind and brass concert ensemble composed of between 30 and 40 local musicians led by Monty Adams, former principal flutist and soloist with the U.S. Air Force Band and Orchestra in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit the band’s website at