By By Larry Stevens, FORSCOM Public AffairsJuly 31, 2009
FORT McPHERSON, Ga. -- The Army Ground Forces Band will return to the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City, Ga., to perform a free concert Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.
The concert entitled, "To the Colors: Tribute to the Stars & Stripes," will feature rousing, patriotic music fit for an audience of all ages. Led by commander and conductor Maj. Domingos Robinson, the band's repertoire for the evening performance will include Dudley Buck's "Festival Overture on the Star Spangled Banner," the "Fort McHenry Suite by Julie Giroux," "Carolyn Bremer's Early Light," "Star in the Field of Blue" by Paul Whear, and several pieces composed by "The King of March," John Philip Sousa.
The band performed a special concert at "The Fred" in August last year in honor of opera's great lyric tenor Luciano Pavarotti. As one of only three Army bands with a national touring mission, the Army Ground Forces Band has traveled throughout the country, performing at local, regional and national events.
The Army Soldier/musicians also teach "master classes" and clinics at high schools and colleges, while on tour. The Army Ground Forces Band is an outreach asset for U.S. Army Forces Command, headquartered at Fort McPherson. The 58 Soldiers assigned to the band have passed a highly selective audition and are among the finest musicians in the U.S. Army Band Program.
The majority of the band's Soldiers have also studied music at some of the finest universities and conservatories in the United States and abroad.
The concert is free, and no tickets are required. To learn more about the band, visit the band's Web site www.armygroundforcesband.com.