FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (March 8, 2010) -- Atlanta had been promised a rare treat when The Army Herald Trumpets joined The Army Ground Forces Band for "Sound the Trumpets" at the Georgia Tech Ferst Center for the Arts.

And the hundreds of Atlantans who attended the March 6 concert were not disappointed.

The evening's program offered an exciting variety of music ranging from John Philip Sousa marches to Dmitri Shostakovich's "Festive Overture," from "Liberty Fanfare" by John Williams to selections from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story."

"It was cool to hear the song from the Olympics in real life," said seven-year-old Matthew Knell, referring to John Williams' "Olympic Fanfare and Theme."

A performing element of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" in Washington, D.C., The Army Herald Trumpets is the official fanfare ensemble for the U.S. President and perhaps the most powerful brass ensemble in the world.

The enthusiastic audience also got to hear trumpet and English horn solos by Staff Sgt. Byron Bartosh and Spc. Kailin Eskander, respectively, as they performed Aaron Copland's "Quiet City" with The Army Ground Forces Band.

The Army Ground Forces Band serves as an outreach asset for the Army's largest command, U.S. Army Forces Command, headquartered here. As just one of only three Army bands with a national touring mission, it travels the nation, performing at local, regional and national events.

"The Herald Trumpets were amazingly powerful and precise, but the entire band was outstanding," declared Nick Arehart of Marietta, Ga.

"Sound the Trumpets" conducting duties were shared among Lt. Col. John Clanton, deputy commander of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" in Washington, D.C., and The Army Ground Forces Band's commander and conductor, Maj. Domingos Robinson, and his executive officer and associate conductor, First Lieutenant Curtis Kinzey.

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