Few things in this world are guaranteed, but attend any of the varied musical concerts being offered by The U.S Army Band "Pershing's Own" and you're going to leave feeling good about the flag.

Musical elements of "Pershing's Own," named after founding father, General of the Armies John "Black Jack" Pershing, have inspired, soothed, entertained, and supported civilians and troops-both foreign and domestic-for over 86 years. This summer will be no exception.

Catch these talented musicians as they perform in and around the National Capital Region - all performances are FREE and no tickets are required.

Our summer season kicks off with The U.S. Army Concert Band conducted by Deputy Commander Maj. Andrew Esch performing at Harris Pavilion in historic Old Town Manassas. "Pershing's Own" breaks the confines of the Beltway to present a program titled From Strauss to Sousa to West Side Story, featuring an delightful mix of light classical, pops, and patriotic music. This kick-off concert is Sunday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m., at the Harris Pavilion, 9116 Center Street, Manassas, Va.

The band's summer offerings will not disappoint. There's something for everyone! From the Friday night at 8 p.m. "Sunsets with a Soundtrack"-our catchy name for the concerts set on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol-to concerts in area parks, to the guaranteed "no rain-out" concerts inside the beautiful Kenmore Middle School auditorium off Route 50 in Arlington, the summer concert season has been scheduled to please.

The actual schedule for our Friday night "Sunsets with a Soundtrack" on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol is 8 p.m. on Fridays: June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 24, 31; and Aug. 7 and 14. Kick back and relax with a view of the monuments backlit by the setting sun as you take in the evening's artistic programs performed by the Concert Band, Army Blues, Downrange, and Ceremonial Band. Concert cancellations due to inclement weather will be announced by 5 p.m. on the evening on the show. Call: (703) 696-3399 to check for a cancellation message.

An Army Band summer tradition, the annual Army Band Alumni Concert, featuring past and present members of The U.S. Army Concert Band, Chorus, and Herald Trumpets will take place Friday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School. Our summer Kenmore concert series will be held on Thursdays, also at 7:30 p.m.: June 18, 25; July 9, 23, 30; and Aug. 6 and 13.

With a packed schedule this summer, The U.S. Army Blues-The U.S. Army Band's elite 18-member jazz component-has several outdoor concerts scheduled in Virginia and Maryland. The first date is Friday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park, Springfield, Va., followed by Thursday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Pavilion, Manassas, Va.; Sunday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Mason District Park, Annandale, Va.; and Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Lee District Park, Franconia, Va.

Additionally, the Army Blues will perform an evening concert on Friday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, and will jam in the District on Sunday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. on a Joint Services Jazz Night at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Rock Creek Park.

SAVE THE DATE: Don't forget to bring a blanket and snacks to the annual Overture 1812 Concert at the Sylvan Theater on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. A full evening of world-class musical entertainment is guaranteed-we'll bring the cannons of the Presidential Salute Battery of The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)!

All concerts are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. You may look up the schedule for all The U.S. Army Band ensembles at www.usarmyband.com or hear the week's schedule and check for cancellations on our concert information line: (703) 696-3399. We'll see you this summer! Come feel good about the flag!

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