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Army band set to play in Marietta once again

By Sam Shawver
The Marietta Times

The last time the U.S. Army Field Band's Volunteers group played Marietta in 2009 was a real crowd-pleaser, according to Mayor Michael Mullen.

"As good as their last performance was, we're in for a real treat Monday," he said.

The six-member tour band will again take the stage at Marietta's Armory Square on Front Street at 7 p.m. Monday.

"They're a show band that plays a variety of music-jazz, '50s favorites, Motown, country, pop-that appeals to a broad cross section of musical tastes," Mullen said. "And we've always had a great turnout for all the U.S. Army Field Band events at Armory Square, which is a natural fit for these concerts."

The band features vocalists Sgt. 1st Class April Boucher and Staff Sgt. Randy Wight, keyboardist Sgt. Maj. Kirk Kadish, Staff Sgt. Glenn Robertson on drums, guitarist Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Lindsey and Sgt. 1st Class Peter Krasulski on bass.

Formed in 1981, the group has entertained audiences across the U.S. as well as in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Belgium, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Their venues have included Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Indianapolis 500, Nashville Now and a variety of state fairs, festivals and sporting events throughout the country.

Also taking part as color guard in Monday's performance is the local General Benjamin D. Fearing Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War group.

Commander Dan Hinton noted this is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, but the veterans organization also has a special tie to Armory Square where Monday's event will take place.

"There's a sign from the early 1900s, tucked up under the eaves on the outside of the armory building, that says our organization met there," he said. "Ohio Revised Code has a provision that armories in the state must provide a place where veterans groups can meet."

Hinton said the General Benjamin D. Fearing group has been in existence since 1881 and may be the oldest federally-chartered Civil War veterans groups in the U.S.

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