Since 1985 educational institutions across the nation have recognized March as Music in our School Month, and to celebrate, the 56th Army Band from I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington will join Pacific Lutheran University at the Lagerquist Concert Hall for a free showing of the University Wind Ensemble Concert. Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m.

In appreciation of community, partnership, an music the event is free and open to the public.

"We play at special events and with other bands and schools all the time, but this will be the first time ever holding a joint concert with PLU," said Sgt. 1st. Class Patricia Conyers, 56th Army Band operations manager. "Part of our job is connecting people to their military through music."

Concert attendees will enjoy a performance of Hymn To the Fallen from Saving Private ryan by John Williams, Apocalyptic Dreams by David Gillingham and Symphonic Metamorphosis by Paul Hindemith.

According to the National Association for Music Education, Music in our Schools Month, "began in 1973 as a statewide celebration, and has grown to encompass a day, a week, and then in 1985 a whole month."

According to a statement from the University, the PLU Wind Ensemble is comprised of some of the best performers of wind and percussion instruments at the University an dis recognized as one of the finest groups of its kind in the entire Northwest.

Conyers and fellow band members conduct more than 600 performances annually, including military functions on JBLM and musical support to communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. Last year they performed for a number of elementary schools across the state, at several Seattle Mariners home games, and provided a jazz ensemble to play at the Seattle Seahawks Armed Forces Appreciation Day game.

"One of the jobs of military musicians is to connect the people to their government," said Chief Warrant Officer 4, Russell Houser, the band's director, after one such event last year. "We have a great musical product and we will inspire."

The concert hall has approximately 500 seats, so those wanting to attend are encouraged to arrive early. Media interested in covering the concert should contact the I Corps public affairs at (253) 208-0576.