42nd Division Band in Iraq
The 42nd Division Band plays for an Iraqi Soldiers Parade in Iraq.

NEW YORK, NY (07/17/2009)(readMedia)-- The Citizen Soldier musicians of the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division Band will perform a concert aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid, at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island, and in Brookville and Bayshore, as part of their annual unit training.

The band will perform four concerts:
Monday, July 20 at 1:30 pm -- Intrepid Sea, Space and Air Museum, Manhattan
Tuesday, July 21 at 12:30 pm -- Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island
Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30 pm -- Tilles Center for Performing Arts, Brookville
Saturday, July 25 at 2:00 pm -- Bayshore Marina, Bayshore

The band will also perform for patients at the Veterans' Administration Hospital at Montrose during their two-week annual training concert series.

Selections for the performances will include "Hounds of Spring" by Alfred Reed; "Amazing Grace" by Frank Ticheli; and "Inchon", a piece by composer Robert Smith that invokes the sounds of a helicopter borne landing. Other selections will include Mozart, John Wiliams, and patriotic tunes.

The New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division Band is based at the Camp Smith Training Site near Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. The mission of the band is to furnish music whenever and wherever while serving our nation and our community. In combat bandsmen traditionally served as stretcher bearers, today they pull security missions and perform other military duties when not playing to support troop morale.

The 42nd Infantry Division Band consists of 40 talented musicians from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Connecticut. Band members are called upon as Army National Guardsmen to provide entertainment for civic and military ceremonies, parades and concerts and perform a variety of music including classical, concert, marches/patriotic, pop and jazz.

The 42nd Infantry Division Band has a variety of different performing groups, including a Concert Band, Marching/Ceremonial Band, Brass Quintet, Woodwind Quintet, Jazz Combo, Latin Band, Rock Combo and Buglers. The majority of our skilled musicians are versatile on more then one instrument, which enables the band to perform for various types of military and civic functions.

The band drills one weekend per month and serves 15 days of active duty per year. Full-time occupations of the Citizen Soldiers cover a wide range of specialties, including students (both high school seniors and college-level), the music education and music industry, construction, government, medical/therapeutic, pharmaceutical, information technology, criminal justice and management.

The 42nd Infantry Division Band has a long proud history, from WWII to the present, providing musical entertainment to troops and civic events. The majority of travel is within New York State, but the 42nd Infantry Division Band has been called upon to travel to Virginia, Pennsylvania, Germany and Iraq.

Members of the division band mobilized and deployed for service in Iraq from 2004 to late 2005 as part of the 42nd Infantry Division's support to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The deployment marked the first time a National Guard band has deployed to a theater of combat since the Korean War. Chief Warrant Officer Kimes commanded the unit during the band's deployment overseas. The Soldier musicians of the band performed security duties at Forward Operating Base Danger in Tikrit, Iraq while supporting musical performances across the entire division area of operations. Musical performances by the division band included both morale and recreation events as well as joint U.S. and Iraqi military ceremonies.

The 42nd Infantry Division Band is under the command of Chief Warrant Officer Mark L. Kimes, a music teacher in civilian life, and First Sergeant Leslie G. Saroka.

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