FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (June 11, 2015) -- The public is invited to help Fort Leonard Wood and the 399th Army Band celebrate the U.S. Army's 240th Birthday with a performance of a Twilight Tattoo concert. The festivities get underway at 7 p.m. Friday at the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza.

"This is the first tattoo that the 399th has done here at Fort Leonard Wood," said Staff Sgt. Philip Conjerti, 399th Army Band.

Billed as "a night of music and pageantry," the concert should have something for everyone, Conjerti said.

"We will be performing in multiple configurations, including marching selections, classical concert band, as well as popular music performed by the Rough Riders acoustic group," Conjerti said.

The evening will also feature a military drill performed by the Waynesville High School Drill Team.

Twilight Tattoo is steeped in military history, dating back more than 300 years to the British Army. Originally, the tune was a bugle and drum call used to to summon troops, "from the warmth and hospitality of local pubs … to return to their barracks," according to Friday's performance will include a ceremonial portion where attendees will hear the original bugle call.

The event is free. Attendees can bring a picnic, and are encouraged to bring chairs or a blanket.

For more information, call 573.563.4145 or visit the 399th Army Band's Facebook page at