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U.S. Army band to play Two Rivers Park on Saturday

John SchroyerPost Independent Staff

Uncle Sam wants you … to attend the U.S. Army Field Band’s concert in Two Rivers Park on July 8, when two of the four components of the Band will give a free show.The band, which bills itself as the “musical ambassadors of the Army,” is comprised of the Concert Band, Soldier’s Chorus, the Jazz Ambassadors, and the Volunteers. The Concert Band and the Soldier’s chorus will be stopping off in Glenwood as part of a week-long Colorado tour, while their counterparts are touring in the East. In seven days, the band is hitting seven Colorado towns, starting with Colorado Springs and ending in Longmont.The Army Field Band boasts world-class musicians from all over the country, said Master Sgt. Darrin Blume, tour coordinator for the band.”We’re drawing some of the best people out there from some of the major musical schools from all over the country,” said Blume.”I’m very proud to present such a quality show,” Blume added.Though entertainment is definitely part of their mission, what the band is mostly concerned with is its role as a military representative.”That’s exactly what we do, connect people with the Army,” said Blume.The band can leave quite an impression.”The impact is we get a lot of people who are glad we can stir some patriotism out there, and they’re very impressed with the programming we do and the quality of our shows,” Blume said. “You get a lot of stories about fathers and mothers with sons and daughters who are serving now, and it’s very stirring.”The program is designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of audiences, said Blume.The band is also celebrating its 60th birthday this summer – it was founded in 1946 by General Jacob Devers. Since that time, the band has performed all over the world, and plays just as routinely in world-class auditoriums like Carnegie Hall as it does in small local venues like Two Rivers Park.For more information on the band or for scheduling details, visit http://www.armyfieldband.com.Contact John Schroyer: 945-8515, ext. 529 jschroyer@postindependent.com


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