The Kentucky National Guard’s 202nd Army Band celebrates 65 years of Musical Service

Story by Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Baker, 202nd Army Band

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — On Sunday, May 20, 2012 the Kentucky National Guard’s 202nd Army Band will celebrate 65 years of musical service in a performance at Bradford Hall on the campus of Kentucky State University at 2:00 p.m.  This free, hour-long concert will not only feature patriotic, military and contemporary music, but it will also include former members of this unique National Guard unit.

202nd Army Band-1Several former members of the 202nd are coming from out of state to perform at this reunion concert. All former members are invited to participate in this special event.

“This concert is a tribute to all active and retired members of the military and a celebration of Armed Forces Day,” said 1st Sgt.Jim Wallace.  “The 202nd is a great organization with a fascinating legacy, and we are eager to share our music with everyone, civilian and military alike.”

Rehearsals are to be held at the 202nd armory in Frankfort on May 19 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a social gathering. Another rehearsal is scheduled for May 20 at 10:00 a.m.

The concert is being held in partnership with the Frankfort Arts Foundation and local veteran’s organizations.  Admission is free and open to the public.

If you are a former member of the 202nd or if you know one, give Sgt. 1st Class Angela Wilkins a call at 502-607-5331 or email her at angela.wilkins@us.army.mil.

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