“The Musical Ambassadors of the Army” performing free concert in honor of Veterans Day
The South Carolina Arts Commission is partnering with Lower Richland High School to present the internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC, on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s auditorium, located at 2615 Lower Richland Boulevard in Hopkins. Eight students from the Lower Richland band and choral program will perform with the band, and the school’s JROTC Diamond Battalion will present the colors.
This Veteran’s Day salute is free and open to the public. Individual community members may request free tickets online by visiting www.armyfieldband.com or up to six free tickets by mail. To request tickets by mail, send the number of tickets requested along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to S.C. Arts Commission, ATTN: U.S. Army Field Band Tickets, 1026 Sumter St., Suite 200, Columbia, SC, 29201. Deadline to request paper tickets is Nov. 6. Groups interested in additional tickets should call Kevin Flarisee, (803) 734-8687.
(Click here to see a PDF of the event program: November12_HopkinsSC_1900)
The Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. These two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.
The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals. The band and chorus also perform independently, and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All American Bowl, and diplomatic efforts overseas. More than six decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”
For additional information about the performance, call the S.C. Arts Commission at (803) 734-8696.