The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC, will continue its long history of presenting free public performances when it appears at the Health and Physical Education Center on the campus of Ohio University Eastern on Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm. The Field Band's concert in St. Clairsville is sponsored by Ohio University Eastern and The Times Leader.
As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, the Field Band travels thousands of miles each year throughout the nation and abroad, keeping the will of the American people behind the members of the armed forces and supporting diplomatic efforts around the world. Since its formation in 1946, the Field Band has appeared in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on four continents.
Along with the Soldiers' Chorus, which was founded in 1957, this 65-member Concert Band presents a powerful and diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections, and instrumental and vocal solos. A music critic for the Boston Globe called a Field Band performance "a cause to stand up and cheer."
Ohio University Eastern Dean Rich Greenlee is notably excited about the upcoming concert. "As a veteran of the Armed Forces and the U.S. Army, I am particularly proud that the United States Army Field Band is coming to Ohio University Eastern. We have been trying to get them here for quite some time."
Past performance highlights include World War II 50th anniversary commemorations in the United States and Europe, Presidential Inaugural Parades, the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, nationally televised broadcasts on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Joint concerts with many of the nation's leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Pops, have received rave reviews.
The Field Band's members, selected by highly competitive audition, represent some of the finest musical talent in America. More than five decades as the military's most traveled musicians have earned them the title, "The Musical Ambassadors of the Army."
Greenlee added, "These are some of the finest musicians to be found anywhere and they will be right here on our campus. It is especially notable that this concert will take place only a few days after Veterans' Day, so we can all take a moment to honor our veterans, past and present."
For additional information about the Field Band's performance at Ohio University Eastern, please contact OUE's Director of Marketing E. J. Schodzinski at 740-699-2503 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To obtain free tickets by mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request to:ATTN: U.S. Army Field Band Tickets
E. J. Schodzinski
Ohio University Eastern
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
Free tickets will also be available at all area Riesbeck's Food Markets beginning Monday, October 15.