Paul Stumb, president of Cumberland University, opened the performance with a few words, including an anecdote about his “mixed family,” which he said is because he and his wife are split between the U. S. Army and Navy.
“I know this is going to be a very entertaining performance,” Stumb said.
The performance began with “America the Beautiful,” followed by the presentation of colors and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Musicians were led by command staff featuring Col. Jim Keene, Sgt. Maj. Leslie Nock, Col. Paul Bamonte, Maj. Treg Ancelet, Lt. Alexandra Borza and Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Wood.
The performance told an armed forces story, with narration provided throughout several of the songs. Songs spanned different genres and styles, including performances of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” and “God Bless the USA.”
The field band is the country’s premier touring musical organization. The group represents both military personnel and civilians while honoring the service of veterans
The group has toured around the country, and previously performed at Cumberland in 2009.
Local students played with the band during part of the performance, and Lebanon High School’s Air Force JROTC presented the colors.