Monday, July 20, 2009

Army Ground Forces Band: Back by Popular Demand at ‘The Fred’

The Army Ground Forces Band will return to the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City to perform a free “To the Colors: Tribute to the Stars & Stripes” concert on Thursday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.

The concert will feature rousing, patriotic music fit for an audience of all ages.

The evening’s repertoire will include the Dudley Buck’s Festival Overture on the Star Spangled Banner, Fort McHenry Suite by Julie Giroux, Carolyn Bremer’s Early Light, Star in the Field of Blue by Paul Whear, and several pieces composed by “The King of March,” John Philip Sousa.

The band performed a special concert at “The Fred” on Aug. 7, 2008, in honor of opera’s great lyric tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

As one of only three Army bands with a national touring mission, the Army Ground Forces Band has traveled throughout the United States, performing at local, regional and national events and holding master classes and clinics at high schools and colleges.

The Army Ground Forces Band serves as an outreach asset for United States Army Forces Command, headquartered at Fort McPherson. The 58 Soldiers assigned to the band have passed a highly selective audition and are among the finest musicians in the United States Army Band Program. The majority of the band's members have studied music at some of the finest universities and conservatories in the United States and abroad.

The concert is free, and no tickets are required.

To learn more about the band, visit the band’s Web site

by Larry Stevens
U.S. Army Forces Command Public Affairs
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