The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus to perform
By Christina Stock
The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus will give a free concert at the Pearson Auditorium on the New Mexico Military Institute grounds on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.
“This We’ll Defend” puts audience members side-by-side with the soldiers defending our country. The public will “experience” the landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day and the camaraderie and teamwork that sustains American Soldiers through their most challenging missions. Throughout our nation’s history, the Army has been there to defend the Constitution and the citizens of the United States against all enemies. With “This We’ll Defend,” The U.S. Army Field Band honors heroes of yesterday, and ensures Americans remember the soldiers standing guard today in more than 140 countries around the world.
Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV, a U.S. Army and Commanding General at the Military District of Washington, wrote about the band and concert, “The soldiers performing are an important reminder that over 187,000 soldiers are deployed, forward stationed or committed, defending our nation and protecting our interests. They are the sons and daughters of America, and they do their jobs in an increasingly uncertain world. These talented men and women represent the dedication, devotion and service of all American soldiers and Army civilians and honor our nation’s veterans through the highest standards of excellence, talent and professionalism.”
“We would like to recognize our first responders and we will have a special seating area for them and their families,” NMMI Regional Bandmaster Cpt. William Lamb said. “We will identify them as they get tickets. This will be a great concert.”
The program begins with “This We’ll Defend,” by Master Sgt. Adrian Hernandez, followed by “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Other songs performed are “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “La Vie en Rose,” “Pines of the Appian Way” from “Pines of Rome,” “A Change is Gonna Come” and “God Bless the U.S.A.,” to name a few. The grand finale of the evening is when the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus perform “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” by John Philip Sousa.
While the event is free of charge for the public, tickets are required. For more information, call Cpt. Bill Lamb at 624-8442 or Maj. Matt Brady at 624-8443 or visit armyfieldband.com.