U.S. Army Band Overture 1812 Concert (FREE)
The United States Army Band will perform their big summer concert that concludes with the spirited Tchaikovsky's "Overture 1812" on Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Sylvan Theater (on the Washington Monument Grounds). The concert is FREE, no tickets are required!

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The program features selections from John Williams, Karl King, and John Phillip Sousa. The powerful finale is the always spectacular TchaikovskyAca,!a,,cs Overture 1812, including explosive cannon fire by the Presidential Salute Battery of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).

The Presidential Salute Battery, equipped with four three-inch 5,775-pound World War II vintage anti-tank guns, will fire 75mm blank shells with one-and-a-half pounds of gunpowder. A total of 23 shots will be fired, including the final volley from all four cannons.

Overture 1812 was composed for the 1880 Kremlin Square celebration honoring the Russian victory over the French Napoleon Bonaparte in 1812. Today the overture is revered among concert goersAca,!"from its playful, mocking themes from the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, to the powerful finale with ringing church bells and booming cannons proclaiming victory!

This performance is a highlight of the Washington, D.C., outdoor music season. Come early and bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic (no coolers are permitted on the Monument Grounds) and enjoy the sights and sounds as The U.S. Army Band and the Presidential Salute Battery light up the night.
For more information about the concert and inclement weather notification, call 703-696-3399 or visit the Army Band Website at www.usarmyband.com.

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