After a triumphant climax to its winter-spring concerts, the McAllen Symphonic Band presents a major encore April 4.

The Rio Grande Valley’s outstanding symphonic band will repeat its striking performance of “Tapping The River,” this time behind the leveed banks of the Rio Grande.

Carl Seale, retired conductor of the Valley Symphony for 18 years and still a composer for many more years, heard his historical music cheered to the top of the McAllen Civic Center March 17.

This first performance packed most rows of the ticketed premiere. The outdoor performance April 4 at 7:30 p.m. will be free to all who attend, courtesy of the City of Hidalgo’s Centennial Anniversary of the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse.

John David Franz, Mayor of Hidalgo, will narrate this exceptional work of Dr. Seale’s music, accented by unique photos and narration.

The photos and photo designs by Paul and Vernon Denman stunned the audience with their rare views along the Rio Grande and wildlife rarely seen by most people. The photos match the music and narration into a composition that other symphonic bands, and orchestras, ought to repeat in the future.

Director David Isadore climaxed his first (indoor) season with The McAllen Symphonic Band with gusto and flair, and pulled traditional Texas hats and costumes for the second half like a magician pulling a trick. Visitors from about 40 states loved it, as they always do.

As usual, Winter Texans dominated the audience, ironic because the indoor spring finale was named simply “Texas” and most visitors could not sing the words to “The Eyes of Texas” when invited to join in. But all were applauded and cheered, especially when patriotic songs were sung and the audience was invited to join in songs they had heard before.

The McAllen Symphonic Band continues to grow from season to season (since 1974) and will enhance the Valley even more when they perform in Hidalgo. Come early for a tour of the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse Museum, near the bridge and levee, on April 4.