Modern Living: Trills, Toots & Oompah-pahs

In recent years, summer music has moved steadily indoors for air-conditioned comfort. But this season more and more Americans are defying chiggers and heat for the trill, the toot and the oompah-pah of old-fashioned outdoor summer band concerts.

Not much has changed. True, the fashion is Bermuda shorts instead of bloomers and Tijuana Taxi instead of Yes, We Have No Bananas. But otherwise the concerts are like snapshots out of an old family album, with folding chairs and blankets on the grass; piccolos and glockenspiels, vanilla uniforms with sundae braid and dangling whistles;...

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