St. Louis Cardinals Invite 399th Army Band for Military Appreciation Day

By SSG Philip Conjerti
399th Army Band

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Members of the 399th Army Band from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo travelled to St. Louis last Saturday to perform at military appreciation day, hosted by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Military servicemen and servicewomen were honored along with family members as the St. Louis Cardinals hosted their annual Military Appreciation Day. Current and retired service members were invited to a pregame tailgate party hosted by Association of United States Army. “It was a great opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow members in a relaxed environment.” said Spc. Dustin Roberts after the performance.

During the festivities, attendees were regaled with a brief speech by Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith. He praised the work and effort of the brave men and women in uniform, while inspiring Soldiers to continually achieve higher levels of proficiency.

Following the party, the 399th Army Ceremonial Band took the field to play the National Anthem. Leading the band was 1st Sgt. James Freeman, “Performing at a world-class facility for an elite organization on behalf of Fort Leonard Wood and the United States Army was an absolutely amazing and humbling experience.” he said, reflecting on the experience.

While members of the 399th Army Band engage in nearly three hundred performances over the course of a year Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Kresse was particularly excited about this opportunity ”As a life-long die-hard St Louis Cardinals fan, it was an honor to set foot on the field at Busch Stadium”.

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