- Last Updated on 08:47 AM 04/04/12
- BY Paula I. Bryant
Aside from school functions involving students, there have been only a handful of occasions in our memory that the high school auditorium has been filled to capacity.
And they all have involved performances by musicians of the U. S. Army.
One of those occasions was Thursday night when over 1,000 persons packed into the high school auditorium to hear the 65-member U. S. Army Field Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform.
Just as with previous performances here, no one left disappointed.
It was the fourth appearance here for those talented musicians, and they all have been “sell-outs.”
It is because of the wonderful reception band members receive here each time that the Pentagon brass agrees to return to our rural countryside.
Thursday’s performance was the group’s final performance after 35 straight days on the road, and the band and chorus enthralled the crowd throughout their two-hour concert.
The audience came to its feet several times during the concert, especially during the group’s encore, which included a rousing rendition of “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa and an emotional rendering of country music artist Toby Keith’s “American Soldier.”
As they departed Thursday night, band members marveled at how this relatively small rural area could attract so many to one of their concerts.
We were quick to tell them that folks here appreciate performances by talented musicians just like everyone else.
But very important to most who attended was the patriotic theme that wove its way through the program.
Hopefully, we sent the brass a little message of our own — there are still patriotic Americans in our parts who believe in this country’s responsibility to rid the world of overbearing tyrants.
It is indeed our hope that the band will be able to perform here again in several years, but it takes a little more than just wanting and wishing to get another local booking.
Or write to:
Office of the Chief of Public Affairs
RE: The U. S. Army Field Band
1500 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310-1500