Patriotic Performance

By Lauren Vokish
The Times Observer - Reprinted with Permission

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SFC Sarah McIver performs the piccolo solo in the "Stars and Stripes Forever."
Patriotism was at the heart of the performance by The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus at the Warren Area High School auditorium on Wednesday evening.

The repertoire included a star-spangled mix of patriotic tunes such as "I Choose the Mountain", "The Free Lance March" by John Philip Sousa and selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" featuring soloists from the chorus as well as a special euphonium duet featuring Sgt. First Class Christopher Sarangoulis and Staff Sgt. Lauren Veronie.

Eleven WAHS musicians joined the band for a rousing rendition of "Washington Post" by Sousa.

"This performance truly brought out the spirit of everyone who either served, had family that served or is currently serving," said Michael Thurston, who attended the free performance sponsored by the Warren Times Observer. "It was really outstanding."

Anne Rossman, whose father was in the Navy, a brother-in-law in the Marines and uncle in the Army, said she really enjoyed the musical selections that the band played and that the finale - "Armed Forces Salute" - gave her "goosebumps."

Dave Williams, who served in the Air Force for 14 years, said, "It made me proud to be an American and know that there are so many people in Warren that are serving our country."

The band and chorus finished with an "Armed Forces Salute" during which each branch of military had its song played and members of the audience and their families that served could stand.

"This was a lovely evening and I am so glad I was able to come out for it," said James Sipraseg, who attended with his wife Giana. "This is something I won't forget."

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