U.S. Army Band to Perform

By St. Tammany News
St. Tammany News

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The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus
The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus
The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus of Washington, D.C., will continue its long history of presenting free public performances when it appears at the Castine Center in Mandeville March 26 at 7 p.m. The concert is being co-sponsored by the St. Tammany News and St. Tammany Parish Government.

As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, the Field Band travels thousands of miles each year throughout the nation and abroad, keeping the will of the American people behind the members of the armed forces and supporting diplomatic efforts around the world.

Since its formation in 1946, the Field Band has appeared in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on four continents.

Along with the 29-member Soldiers' Chorus, which was founded in 1957, this 65-member Concert Band presents a powerful and diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections and instrumental and vocal solos. A music critic for the Boston Globe called a Field Band performance "a cause to stand up and cheer."

The Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus performed for a standing-room-only audience several years ago at a concert sponsored by the Slidell Sentry-News and City of Slidell in the Slidell Municipal Auditorium.

"It was a wonderful, entertaining, uplifting spectacle," said St. Tammany News Publisher Terry Maddox. "The house was packed and everyone was on their feet begging for more at the concert's end."

Other past performance highlights include World War II 50th anniversary commemorations in the United States and Europe, Presidential Inaugural Parades, the rededication of the State of Liberty, nationally televised broadcasts on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Joint concerts with many of the nation's leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops, have received rave reviews.

"We're pleased to co-sponsor this event with the St. Tammany News," said St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis. "We welcome the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus to St. Tammany Parish and invite our citizens to take advantage of this golden opportunity to be entertained by some of the finest musicians and vocalists in the world," said Davis.

"Once again we expect a full house, even though the Castine Center is quite a larger venue than the Slidell City Auditorium," said Maddox. "It can seat 1,400, and that number of free tickets will be issued on a first-come, first served basis by visiting either of our St. Tammany News offices: 19290 19th Ave., Covington or 3648 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell; limit four per person please," said Maddox.

The Field Band's members, selected by highly competitive audition, represent some of the finest musical talent in America. More than five decades as the military's most traveled musicians have earned them the title, "The Musical Ambassadors of the Army."

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