Army Field Band Concert Scheduled for April 29

April 16, 1997

Patriotic music will fill the air when the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Ferrell Center at Baylor University.

The concert is sponsored by Baylor and the Waco Tribune Herald.

The band's repertoire, designed to appeal to all audiences, features classical, semi-classical and popular selections; choral arrangements; novelty numbers; and military marches.

Organized in 1946, the Army Field Band is composed of the Army's finest soldier musicians who have undergone a highly-competitive audition for the Field Band. Many of the members have studied at leading schools of music and have performed with major symphonies.

The Field Band has performed in numerous concerts around the world as well as throughout the United States. In 1991, the music group presented a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of World War II. That same year, the band recorded its first compact disc, titled "A Musical Tribute in Commemoration of World War II." In 1994, the band traveled to Europe to commemorate the 50th anniversary of D-Day. The band also performed in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1995 at a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of V-J Day. Most recently, the Field Band performed joint concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops.

The Soldiers' Chorus, the vocal counterpart of the Field Band, is composed of 29 vocalists under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Robert A. McCormick. The chorus was founded in 1957 and has performed throughout the world. In 1986, the chorus was featured during the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in New York. Most recently, the Soldiers' Chorus appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Tickets to the concert are free and are available at the Waco Tribune Herald, 900 Franklin Ave., or at the Ferrell Center. For more information, call 755-1915.

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