2007 Freedom Fest Celebration

By SGT Watts, Timmy
98th Army Band

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The 98th Army Band Rock Band (Crossfire) performing at the 2007 Freedom Fest Celebration.
FORT RUCKER. -- Fireworks. Patriotic music. Fun and games.

Those are just a few of the happenings that made up this year's Freedom Fest.

On July 4, 2007 at 1840, WO1 Marvin Cardo and the 98th Army “Silver Wings” Band stood more than ready to entertain the 15,000 or more spectators who came out to celebrate the nation’s birthday. Performing over 20 tunes the band left the audience with no doubt that they had witnessed the best concert in Fort Rucker’s rich history.

The mixtures of pieces performed were used as tools to relate to both the young and mature. Composers such as Morton Gould, John Williams, John Clayton, and others were represented in the music played by the band.

The concert started out with Jan Van der Roost’s “Flashing Winds,” which served as an excellent appetizer of what was to come. The band then transported the audience back in time with a familiar Civil War tune that’s captured in Morton Gould's piece titled "American Salute."

The concert band and the rock band took turns thrilling the audience. The rock band (Crossfire) delivered an energetic set filled with classics and a few modern favorites thrown in for good measure. The rock band featured soloists SFC Stradley and PFC Olson in tunes such as “Amarillo Sky” by Jason Aldean and “Diggin on James Brown.”

After an hour of performing the band performed its crowning piece “Stars and Stripes” featuring the Stage Band (Jazz Aviators).

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