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Army Field Band comes to Cumberland next week

Staff Reports • Updated Mar 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform a free concert Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Dallas Floyd Gymnasium at Cumberland University. 

The field band is the country’s premier touring musical organization. The group of men and women represents both military personnel and civilians while honoring the service of veterans. 

The Soldiers’ Chorus was founded in 1957 and is a vocal accompaniment to the field band. It features 29 members in a mixed-choral ensemble. 

The chorus has performed in every state, as well as Canada, Mexico, India and throughout Europe. 

The musical backgrounds of the members of the chorus ranges from opera and musical theatre to music education and vocal coaching. 

This versatility has earned the chorus an international reputation for presenting musical excellence and inspiring patriotism. Critics have acclaimed recent appearances with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops and the Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Nashville and National symphony orchestras. 

Other notable performances include four world fairs, American Choral Directors Association conferences, music educator conventions, Kennedy Center honors programs, the 750th anniversary of Berlin and the rededication of the Statue of Liberty. 

Among the songs that will be performed March 22 are “America the Beautiful,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)” and “God Bless the USA,” according to the official program for the event.  

The performance is expected to last about 75 minutes. The group previously performed at Cumberland in 2009. 

Local students will play with the band, and Lebanon High School’s JROTC will present the colors. 

Although the show is free, tickets are required for admission. A limited number of tickets remain at the Cumberland Alumni House on Spring Street and at The Lebanon Democrat’s office on North Cumberland Street in Lebanon. 

For more information about the concert, contact Camille Burdine at 615-547-1241. For more information about the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus, visit armyfieldband.com.

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