Army Field Band kicks off July Fourth celebration a little early

By Sharon Haught
Wooster Weekly News

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Photo credit: Sgt. 1st Class Robert H. McIver
Maj. Bruce Pulver conducts The United States Army Field Band during their July 2 performance in Wooster, Ohio.
Wooster kicked off its celebration of Independence Day in style July 2 when Main Street Wooster presented a celebration of American music by the United States Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus.

Thousands filled the square in downtown Wooster to capacity and spilled out into the streets surrounding the square for the opportunity to hear two of the premier musical groups in the world play a mix of classical, country, and rock music.

The Concert Band is the oldest and largest of the United States Army Field Band’s four performing components – the Concert Band, the Soldiers’ Chorus, the Jazz Ambassadors and The Volunteers. Founded in 1946, the elite 65-member instrumental ensemble has performed in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries for audiences totaling more than 100 million.

The Soldiers’ Chorus, founded in 1957, is the vocal complement of the United States Army Field Band. The 29-member mixed choral ensemble travels throughout the nation and abroad, performing as a separate component and in joint concerts with the Concert Band.

The appearance by the Army Field Band is one of a series of summer activities presented by Main Street Wooster. For a full list of Main Street Wooster events, visit their website at http://www.mainstreetwooster.org.

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