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Army band, Soldiers+ Chorus perform concert

April 29, 1997

Army band, Soldiers' Chorus perform concert

By Heather Arrott

Lariat Reporter

A blend of patriotism and music marches into Waco.

The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. today in the Ferrell Center.

The Army Field Band has entertained audiences with classical, semi-classical, popular selections, choral arrangements, novelty numbers and military marches since 1946.

Each member must undergo highly competitive auditions administered by some of the Army's finest musicians. Thirteen local high school musicians will accompany the band.

This will be the band's third performance to a Waco audience.

'We usually have around five to six thousand turn out for the show,' Ann Roznovsky, marketing director for the Waco Tribune-Herald, said.

Much of the band's quick rise to the top can be attributed to their numerous performances around the nation.

In 1991, the band performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of World War II. The band also recorded its first compact disc, A Musical Tribute in Commemoration of World War II.

The band traveled to Europe in 1994 for the 50th anniversary of D-Day and in 1995 they performed in Honolulu for the 50th anniversary of V-Day.

A chorus of vocalists will also perform in Waco.

Lt. Col. Robert A. McCormick directs the Soldiers' Chorus, which includes 29 vocalists from the Field Band.

The performance will be split into two sections. The first will create a serious mood with a focus on classical songs and marches. After the intermission, the band will play several songs from World War II.

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