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Soldiers’ Chorus performs with The Columbus Symphony

By Jonathan E. Agee
The United States Army Field Band

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Photo credit: Master Sgt. Robert McIver
Jerry Steichen, conductor, talks to the crowd during the performance by The United States Army Field Band’s Soldiers’ Chorus and The Columbus Symphony.
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. – On Jan. 29, The Soldiers’ Chorus of the United States Army Field Band teamed up with The Columbus Symphony for a night of music in Columbus, Ohio.

The Soldiers’ Chorus was requested by name by The Columbus Symphony, who covered all the expenses for the trip. In addition to the performance, members of The Soldiers’ Chorus also engaged the local media, promoting the concert and performing a short musical piece for the viewing audience.

“This was a win-win for everyone involved,” said Master Sgt. Allen Bishop, Soldiers’ Chorus baritone. “For zero cost to the Army, we were able to carry the Army's message to nearly 40,000 citizens. The Soldier-Musicians of the chorus always appreciate the opportunities to perform with a top-notch orchestra and to bolster our strategic communications objectives in a non-traditional venue. These concerts allow us to reach an audience we do not normally reach on our tours.”

For Columbus native Sgt. 1st Class Erica Russo, Soldier’s Chorus alto section leader, the performance was extraordinarily special. “What a thrill to be back in the Ohio Theatre, where I used to sing with the symphony chorus!” said Russo. “I almost cried when the audience clapped for several minutes when we walked onstage ... before we even did anything!”

According to Soldiers’ Chorus director Capt. Leonel Pena, the performance was a wonderful way to represent Soldiers, tell the Army story, and serve the nation through music.

To find out when the Soldiers’ Chorus will be performing next or to request a performance, visit www.ArmyFieldBand.com and click the schedule link at the top of the page.

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