U.S. Army Field Band to Present Free Concert at Susquehanna
Published on May 22, 2014
Special Master Classes Offered to High School Students
The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus of Washington, D.C. will continue its long history of performing free concerts when it comes to Susquehanna University’s Weber Chapel Auditorium Friday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. The concert band and chorus is the oldest and largest of the field band’s four performing components. Musicians from this 65-member instrumental ensemble and 29-member mixed choral ensemble will also give master classes to students participating in Susquehanna’s High School Wind Ensemble Institute June 22-28.
“Performances by the U.S. Army Field Band are always fantastic,” said Eric Hinton, associate professor of music and director of bands at Susquehanna. “What makes this time so special is that the students of the High School Wind Ensemble Institute at Susquehanna University will have the opportunity to work with these amazing musicians in master classes and in a side-by-side performance experience.”
The Wind Ensemble Institute is a summer performance experience for high school students. The master classes with students of the institute will take place the afternoon of the performance. Called The Musical Ambassadors of the Army, the field band has an extensive educational outreach program that reaches more than 100,000 students annually, from preschool to postgraduates. In addition, the organization has developed a series of reference recordings and instructional videos, which are used in schools throughout the nation.
The field band, founded in 1946, has performed concerts in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries for audiences totaling more than 100 million. 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. The Field Band’s members are selected by highly competitive audition and represent some of the finest musical talent in America. The chorus was officially formed in 1957, and combined the members of the band and chorus represent many states in the U.S. The musical backgrounds of the chorus personnel range from opera and musical theater to music education and voice coaching.
The concert band and chorus presents a powerful and diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections and instrumental solos. Among the songs performed are Georgia on my Mind and The Stars and Stripes Forever.