The Army Ground Forces Band will be in concert on Monday, December 17, starting at 7 p.m. The concert entitled, “Home for the Holidays” is free to the general public and showcases more than 165 years of musical tradition. The Cole Auditorium is partnering with the Richmond County Daily Journal to sponsor this event.
Admission to this family-friendly concert is free of charge so the auditorium is expected to fill up.Organized as the Fourth Infantry Regiment Band in 1845, the Army Ground Forces Band provides world-class music in support of U.S. Army Forces Command, head-quartered at Fort Bragg, N.C. It serves as the musical ambassador of the American Combat Soldier to the American people, instilling pride in ourAr troops and promoting a spirit of patriotism and support for our nation’s military through the performance of music at the local, regional and national levels.
“It is always a real pleasure having the military bands perform for our audience,” Cole Director Joey Bennett said Wednesday. “These talented groups are never a disappointment as they tour through our area, and I think that having the Army Ground Forces Band perform will be impressive.”
“We hope to have a full house for the performance,” Kiana Taylor, Box Office Manager, said. “I hope everyone will be excited to see the group perform. We hope to draw community members that may not be able to attend our series performances. This show is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit since it is a week before Christmas.”
The 55-piece concert band which will also be performing in smaller groups maintains a large and varied repertoire that includes all facets of traditional and contemporary wind literature, as well as orchestral transcriptions, marches, instrumental and vocal solos, popular tunes and patriotic music.
Although locally based, the band has traveled throughout the United States, performing in such notable halls as Severance Hall, Spivey Hall, and the Woodruff Arts Center. Publicly recognized for its musical excellence, the band has twice been awarded the internationally-acclaimed Col. George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands Award.
Tickets for the concert will be available on the night of the performance; however the public is encouraged to visit the Cole Box Office or the Richmond County Daily Journal office during regular office hours to pick up tickets prior to the date of the event. Seating for the show will be general seating; first come, first served. For more information about the concert, call the Cole Box Office at 910-410-1691.
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