• U.S. military history beginning with the Revolutionary War takes center stage during the Army Materiel Command Band's debut performance in Huntsville on March 21 at Columbia High School. Performing White Cockade/Yankee Doodle were Sgt. Elizabeth Boyer on piccolo and Spc. Ricky Parton with the drum. With them is the AMC Band bandmaster Chief Warrant Officer 4 Fred Ellwein. The theme of the Community Appreciation Concert was Soundtrack of Soldiers.

    HONORING MILITARY HERITAGE

    U.S. military history beginning with the Revolutionary War takes center stage during the Army Materiel Command Band's debut performance in Huntsville on March 21 at Columbia High School. Performing White Cockade/Yankee Doodle were Sgt. Elizabeth Boyer...

  • The AMC Band's Community Appreciation Concert ends with a rendition of the pop hit "Battlefield," performed by the band and drummers Sgt. Jason Williamson, left, and Sgt. Travis Guidry, and sung by Sgt. Corrin Corbett.

    TODAY'S BATTLE SONG

    The AMC Band's Community Appreciation Concert ends with a rendition of the pop hit "Battlefield," performed by the band and drummers Sgt. Jason Williamson, left, and Sgt. Travis Guidry, and sung by Sgt. Corrin Corbett.

  • Trumpet players, from left, Spc. Brian Grabowski, Sgt. Eric Tunkel and Sgt. 1st Class David Cotti make music during the Army Materiel Command Band Community Appreciation Concert.

    HORN MUSIC

    Trumpet players, from left, Spc. Brian Grabowski, Sgt. Eric Tunkel and Sgt. 1st Class David Cotti make music during the Army Materiel Command Band Community Appreciation Concert.

  • Army Materiel Command deputy commander Lt. Gen. Jim Pillsbury administers the oath to Sgt. 1st Class Deborah Levine during her re-enlistment ceremony as part of the AMC Band's Community Appreciation Concert. Levine, a clarinet player, will be moving to Redstone Arsenal with the AMC Band.

    TIME OF DUTY

    Army Materiel Command deputy commander Lt. Gen. Jim Pillsbury administers the oath to Sgt. 1st Class Deborah Levine during her re-enlistment ceremony as part of the AMC Band's Community Appreciation Concert. Levine, a clarinet player, will be moving to...

  • Sgt. Ericka Escalante sings "Pack Up Your Troubles" during the AMC Band's Community Appreciation Concert on March 21.

    TUNES OF SOLDIERS

    Sgt. Ericka Escalante sings "Pack Up Your Troubles" during the AMC Band's Community Appreciation Concert on March 21.

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For those who know Lt. Gen. Jim Pillsbury, his first words during a special presentation as part of the Army Materiel Command Band's debut concert in Huntsville were very telling of the future.

"It's good to be home," he said, looking out at an appreciative audience of about 150 who attended the AMC Band's Community Appreciation Concert on March 21 at Columbia High School.

Pillsbury, now deputy commander of the Army Materiel Command who established family roots in Huntsville during his time as commander of the Aviation and Missile Command, plans to make the move with AMC when it relocates to Redstone Arsenal in 2011. The AMC Band will also move to Redstone Arsenal.

"The AMC's own will be a permanent fixture sometime at Redstone Arsenal about a year from now," Pillsbury said of the band.

Emphasizing that band members are Soldiers first and band members second, Pillsbury described AMC band members as "world-class musicians" whose musical talents are much appreciated by AMC Soldiers all around the world.

Pillsbury's comments came about two-thirds way through a top-notch concert of patriotic music that gave a glimpse at a Soldier's journey from the Revolutionary War up to present day. Music, played under the theme Soundtrack of Soldiers and featuring a multimedia show and solo performers, included Fantasy of Army Strong, Fandango, Shenandoah, Band of Brothers Suite and American Anthem.

While band master Chief Warrant Officer 4 Fred Ellwein led the band, incoming band master Chief Warrant Officer 4 Pete Gillies, who has already become part of the Redstone/Huntsville community, made his AMC Band directorial debut on Black Granite during the concert. Gillies will take command of the band in May and is overseeing construction of the band's new facility at Redstone Arsenal.

Also during the concert, Pillsbury conducted a re-enlistment ceremony for Sgt. 1st Class Deborah Levine, who will be moving to Redstone Arsenal with the band.

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