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Army Band & Chorus Inspire Audiences Worldwide

By ANTHONY DAVIS
Texarkana Gazette

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The concert band and vocal chorus of the United States Army Field Band will combine for an evening of popular and patriotic music at 7 p.m. March 9 at the Liberty-Eylau Rader Dome.
The concert band and vocal chorus of the United States Army Field Band will combine for an evening of popular and patriotic music at 7 p.m. March 9 at the Liberty-Eylau Rader Dome, 2905 Leopard Drive.



Sponsors for this rare concert appearance are the Liberty-Eylau Independent School District and the Texarkana Gazette.



The 65-member concert band and the 29-member Soldiers Chorus are the elite instrumental and vocal talents the Army has to offer, leaving audiences around the globe eager to hear more.


The complementary nature of this combined concert provides a powerful and diverse program, bridging musical styles from marches to overtures and popular/contemporary to patriotic.



Just as diverse are the venues and locales encountered by the field band and chorus. State fair stages, high school gymnasiums and grand international concert halls have all served as platforms for the performers. The concert band also has the distinction of performing at presidential inaugural parades and serving as accompanists for international diplomatic relations.



The U.S. Army Field Band has developed its current level of distinction under the careful direction of Commander and Conductor Col. Finley R. Hamilton. The Kentucky native has served the Army in a variety of band assignments on his way through the ranks.



Beginning as an instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music, Hamilton advanced to staff band officer for Europe, director of the Soldiers Chorus and finally to his present command. Hamilton has led the field band and chorus through more than 700 concert performances in America and abroad.



The concert band and chorus exist to bring the look, feel and experience of the Army to grassroots communities while reflecting the general excellence of Army-trained and educated personnel in all areas of assignment.



A look at the program for the Rader Dome concert reveals a patriotic prologue beginning before shifting gears into a “Star Wars Trilogy,” a bit of operatic orchestration and vocals, and a variety of melodies in “The Melody Shop.”




A look at the program for the Rader Dome concert reveals a patriotic prologue beginning before shifting gears into a “Star Wars Trilogy,” a bit of operatic orchestration and vocals, and a variety of melodies in “The Melody Shop.”



Following a brief intermission the band and chorus resume with a mix of popular, orchestral and spiritual genres. The concert concludes with an Armed Forces Salute and a rousing version of John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”



Tickets for the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus are available free to the public. Tickets may be obtained at the L-EISD Administrative Offices or at the Texarkana Gazette in downtown Texarkana.


Ticket-seekers may also send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the Gazette, Attn: Army Field Band Tickets, 315 Pine St., Texarkana, TX, 75501.



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