282nd Victory Brass Quintet featured at Myrtle Beach Canadian American Days

By SFC Sarah Haas
282nd Army "Victory" Band

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Photo credit: SFC Sarah Haas
May 6, 2008

The 282nd Victory Brass Quintet, part of Fort Jackson’s 282nd Army “Victory” Band, recently performed as part of the 47th Annual Canadian-American Days Festival in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The festival, which occurs annually, began in 1961 in an effort to attract Canadian families during their Easter school break. The event has continued to grow over the years and today coincides with the winter-ending Ontario school break, welcoming over 100,000 visitors from the Northern states and Canada. The festival was the first international festival organized in South Carolina and includes family-fun activities, giveaways and various welcome receptions in and around some of the area’s newest attractions.

On Thursday, March 27th, the Victory Brass Quintet appeared in concert with the brass quintet from The Central Band of the Canadian Forces out of Ottawa, Canada. The audience of 1600 concert attendees cheered enthusiastically to a diverse program of musical selections including works of George Gershwin, Leroy Anderson, Leonard Bernstein and other Canadian and American patriotic tunes. The program encore, played to a standing ovation, consisted of both groups joining forces to perform the national anthems of both countries in addition to a Baroque work for brass by Gabrieli.

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