by Debra Johnson, Published October 03, 2012
YPSILANTI - The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC, will continue its long history of presenting free public performances when it appears at Eastern Michigan University's Pease Auditorium on Thursday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m.
As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, the Field Band travels thousands of miles each year throughout the nation and abroad, keeping the will of the American people behind the members of the armed forces and supporting diplomatic efforts around the world. Since its formation in 1946, the Field Band has appeared in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on four continents.
Along with the Soldiers' Chorus, which was founded in 1957, this 65-member concert band presents a powerful and diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections, and instrumental and vocal solos.
"We are so excited to host the U.S. Army Band at EMU," says Melissa Takach, events and outreach coordinator for the EMU department of music and dance. "This is a great patriotic event for the whole community to enjoy right before Election Day and Veterans Day."
Past performance highlights include World War II 50th anniversary commemorations in the United States and Europe, Presidential Inaugural Parades, the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, nationally televised broadcasts on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Joint concerts with many of the nation's leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Pops, have received rave reviews.
The Field Band's members, selected through a highly competitive audition, represent some of the finest musical talent in America. More than five decades as the military's most traveled musicians have earned them the title, "The Musical Ambassadors of the Army."
The Field Band's concert is sponsored by the EMU Department of Music and Dance and EMU Campus Life. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
For additional information about the Field Band's performance at Pease Auditorium, please contact the EMU Department of Music and Dance at 734-487-4380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.