202nd Band pays tribute to Veterans during concert

Story by Sgt. 1st Class Steve Baker, 202nd Army Band Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative

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The 202nd Concert Band performs during a Veteran’s Day concert at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Ky., Nov. 11, 2012. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Spc. Larry Daniels)

SOMERSET, Ky.— The 202nd Army Band performed a concert in honor of Veterans Day on Saturday, November 10th, 2012. The concert was held at The Center for Rural Development and was attended by several hundred patrons.

The program consisted of the following selections;

-“An American Fanfare”, by Rick Kirby

-“The Star Spangled Banner”, lyrics by Francis Scott Key, music by John Stafford Smith

-“The Black Horse Troop”, by John Philip Sousa

-“American River Songs”, by Pierre LaPlante

Italian Rhapsody, by Julie Giroux

Fort McHenry Suite, by Julie Giroux

-“Journal For A Soldier”, by Brian Balmages

-Roll Call of the Fallen

Armed Forces Medley, arranged by Staff Sgt. Kelly Diamond

Big Bands in Concert, by Bob Bob Lowden

-“God Bless America”, by Irving Berlin

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Members of the 202nd Dixieland Musical Performance Team perform during a Veteran’s Day concert at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Ky., Nov. 11, 2012. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Steve Baker)

During the performance of Fort McHenry Suite a slideshow was displayed on the backdrop containing pictures of Revolutionary War depictions. Additionally, during the performance of “Journal For A Soldier”, based on “Brahms Lullaby”, pictures of Soldiers with their children and family members were displayed.

As a special tribute to the 108 Kentuckians who have fallen in the War on Terrorism each Soldiers name, rank and service branch were read followed by a single chime. The names were read by Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Wilkins, 63rd Theatre Aviation Brigade Command Sergeant Major and Sgt. 1st Class Angela Wilkins, Readiness NCO for the 202nd Army Band. The tribute concluded with the playing of “Taps” by Sgt. Jennifer Bowling.

Pre-concert music was presented by three of the unit’s Musical Performance Team in the lobby area. Patrons were treated to music from musical genres that included Dixieland, Swing, Jazz, Classical and Broadway show tunes.

“The concert in Somerset was especially meaningful because it was more than just another opportunity to show off the unique talents of the 202nd; it was a chance to do so while recognizing so many brave men and women who have served so honorably throughout our nations’s history,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Embury, who has 18 years of service.  “It is really an honor to serve with a group of such highly skilled musicians.”

The 202nd is actively recruiting and looking for trombonists, euphonium, French horn and keyboard performers. It’s a great opportunity for a young person to serve his or her country, get world class training and have college costs covered.

For additional information about the 202nd Army Band please contact Sgt. 1st Class Angela Wilkins at 502-607-5331.

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