FALL RIVER — Our Lady of Light Band is ready to make history once again by becoming the first Portuguese band to perform at Boston Symphony Hall, acoustically one of the top concert halls in the world.

The Fall River-based band has been invited to perform there on Sunday, March 29 at the Plymouth 400 National Instrumental Festival, a celebratory concert featuring ensembles from around the country in a musical commemoration honoring Plymouth’s 400th anniversary and the traditions that have shaped the building of America.

Scott Lopes, the Our Lady of Light Band Music Director/Conductor, said the 50-member band could not be more excited to have this amazing opportunity.

“There is so much history there and we are going to be  the first Portuguese band to ever perform at Symphony Hall, which is definitely really, really cool,” said Lopes.

Lopes, the band’s conductor for four years, said the Our Lady of Light Band will be sharing the stage with ensembles from Hawaii and Minnesota.

“It’s a very magical stage to play in,” said Lopes. “I have been lucky enough to play on that stage twice before and now to have my family members play there — because that’s exactly what the band is to me, family — is just amazing.”

The Our Lady of Light Band has an impressive background and a recording.

Founded by Portuguese immigrants in 1969, the band has traveled to many parts of North America and Portugal and has won multiple awards and competitions.

Three years ago, the band had the opportunity to perform at one of the most prestigious concert halls in the country when it played at the Kennedy Center in Washington,D.C., after being the first ensemble from the northeastern part of the United States to be selected to perform at the John Philip Sousa Band Festival.

“The chance to play at Kennedy Center was huge, but now having that recognition… they actually reached out to us saying that they wanted the band to take part in this concert at Symphony Hall,” Lopes said. “That’s pretty cool.”

The band has also played at Faneuil Hall in Boston and for President Bill Clinton when he came to Fall River in 1996.

“Even before the Kennedy Center, I always spoke about wanting to do a concert at Symphony Hall,” Lopes said. “Everybody would tell me ‘Oh, that would be so amazing,’ but you never think that’s actually going to come true.”

Lopes said the Our Lady of Light Band has been rehearsing extra hard for the Symphony Hall Performance.

“You can see the energy in the band,” he said. “You can see them getting excited for it and a little bit nervous because I am trying to push them a little bit harder than I would do in a normal year… because you don’t get this opportunity every day.”

The band will be playing “Olympic Spirit” and “The Patriot” by John Williams, a former Boston Pops conductor and creator of some of the most iconic film scores of all time, including Jaws, E.T., Star Wars and the Patriot.

“Growing up, I always wanted to perform for the Boston Pops in the Boston Symphony,” recalled Lopes. “So bringing my band there, I want to make sure that I was able to play music from the Boston Pops and different things in their home.”

The band has invited Sen. Michael Rodrigues as their special guest to read a speech written by Lopes while “The Patriot” is being performed.

“The speech is going to talk about the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, who are heroes and the real patriots,” Lopes said. “Sen. Rodrigues is very close with the band and I could not think of anyone else better to do the speech for us.”

The band will also play Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which the Boston Pops have turned into an Independence Day staple, and the Irish theme “Lord of the Dance.” They will close out their performance with “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” a patriotic American march written by Portuguese-American composer John Philip Sousa.

“I know the band is going to do well, but I want us to do better than well,” Lopes said. “I want us to do great. I want us to leave there and say we have done everything possible to do the best job we can and leave it all on the stage.”

For Lopes, this performance is not only about finding different opportunities to promote the band but also fulfilling a long-lasting dream.

“I have been lucky enough to play on that stage twice before,” he said. “Now to actually be able to conduct there is just a dream come true.”

While he was a student at Somerset High School, he earned the right to perform at Boston’s Symphony Hall two different times with the All-State Band and meet one of his musical idols.

“I had lessons inside Symphony Hall, down in the basement, and I used to be able to go upstairs and play in the hall by myself. I could play there for hours,” Lopes said.

One day, while he was there playing a John Williams’ piece on his French horn, the famous composer walked in on him.

“He said ‘I don’t have much time to talk to you now, but I want to invite you and your family to come watch us tonight and afterwards I want to have a meeting with you,’” Lopes recalled. “I treasure that moment. I still have a photo with him in his office.”

Now, he says he wants to share some of that magic with the band he grew up in, having played in it from a very young age with his father and mother. His father, José Lopes, plays tuba in the band. His mother, Gorette Lopes, was a flag holder and his late grandfather, José Furtado, also played in the band.

“It’s going to be an historical moment not only for the Banda Nossa Senhora da Luz, but for our Portuguese community and for the different Portuguese bands we have,” he said. “Yes, we are playing as Our Lady of the Light Band, but I feel like we are playing for our Portuguese community too.”

The concert will start at 2 p.m. Tickets are free, but registration is required. To reserve a seat, visit https://plymouth400concerts.org/instrumental-festival-tickets/

The band is providing bus transportation for the concert. Buses will leave the band house at 8:15 a.m. Tickets are $20 per person. To reserve a seat, please contact Scott Lopes as soon as possible at 508-450-1721.