September 25, 2009
Army band performs, educates
Since the ensemble's founding in the spring of 1947, the U.S. Army Field Band has held concerts in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on four continents, according to the Web site armyfieldband.com. According to the site, it is estimated that during these decades, the band has played for more than 100 million people.
As the touring representative for the U.S. army, the band has performed at events such as the rededication of the Statue of Liberty and the 2002 Winter Olympics. Venues for performances have ranged from extravagant concert halls like Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Berlin Philharmonie in Germany to small high school gymnasiums.
Junior Johanna Reed said she saw the band perform during the spring of 2008 through the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. She intends to see them again on Saturday.
"I'm really looking forward to the concert," Reed said. "It's going to be a great performance."
Eric Hinton, assistant professor of music and director of bands, coordinated the U.S. Army Field Band's visit to Susquehanna. He said he has been helping to organize the concert with the hope that the performance will have a lasting impact on spectators.
"They are amazing musicians," Hinton said. "Hearing band music performed at that level is inspiring and educational."
Twelve band students have been invited to play the "Chesapeake Bay March" by Adrian Hernandez in a side-by-side performance with the U.S. Army Field Band during the Saturday evening concert.
Hinton said the following students were selected to perform based on their musicianship, leadership and enthusiasm: seniors Julia Amadee, Brian Gilbert and Joel Gilbert; juniors Kathryn Falvo, David Ginn, Aaron Himes, Don-Paul Kahl, Kyle Robertson and Daphna Schmidt; sophomores Tyler Austin and Ashley Bianchi; and freshman Kelsey Fitting.
Amadee, a music performance major, said she was pleased to hear that she had been selected to play the flute with the U.S. Army Field Band.
"I'm really looking forward to performing with them," Amadee said. "I'm very excited to have the opportunity."
Free tickets are available to Susquehanna students while they last at the box office, which is located in the Degenstein Campus Center.
"They are a phenomenal band," Hinton said. "We're very happy to have them, and we're hoping to fill the house."
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