By Larry Stevens, U.S. Army Forces Command Public Affairs OfficeFebruary 25, 2010
FORT McPHERSON, Ga. -- The Army Ground Forces BandAca,!a,,cs Aca,!A"Sound the TrumpetsAca,!A? will feature the U.S. PresidentAca,!a,,cs official fanfare ensemble, The Army Herald Trumpets, at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, 8 p.m., Saturday, March 6.
The free concert will also showcase two of the bandAca,!a,,cs top-notch Soldier-musicians, Staff Sgt. Byron Bartosh and Spc. Kailin Eskander, who will perform trumpet and English horn solos respectively in Aaron CoplandAca,!a,,cs Aca,!A"Quiet City.Aca,!A?
Aca,!A"IAca,!a,,cm excited about playing this piece because Copland wrote it in a way that really allows the performers to make a musical connection with each other Aca,!" and more important, the audience,Aca,!A? said Bartosh, a graduate of Indiana UniversityAca,!a,,cs Jacob School of Music who joined the Army in 2008 after serving several years in the Marine Corps.
Aca,!A"Aca,!a,,cQuiet CityAca,!a,,c was originally written to accompany a play by the same name, and we want to communicate the human drama it represents through the music,Aca,!A? added Eskander, a music performance graduate of Saint Olaf college who also plays the oboe. Aca,!A"It really is fun to Aca,!Eoeact things outAca,!a,,c through melody and music making.Aca,!A?
Maj. Domingos Robinson, The Army Ground Forces BandAca,!a,,cs commander and conductor, noted, Aca,!A"This music is typical Copland. He is able to be both beautiful and haunting, creating an American sound that is at once both his and ours. When I thought of the demands of this music, I knew I had the right players to pull it off in Bartosh and Eskander.Aca,!A?
As for the entire eveningAca,!a,,cs performance, Aca,!A"Sound the TrumpetsAca,!A? will offer an evening of stirring music for the entire family, including Aca,!A"Olympic Fanfare and ThemeAca,!A? and Aca,!A"Liberty FanfareAca,!A? by John Williams and selections from Leonard BernsteinAca,!a,,cs "West Side Story."
Aca,!A"This concert offers Atlanta a rare treat to hear perhaps the most powerful brass ensemble in the world and a national treasure,Aca,!A? said Robinson, who was the director of The Army Herald Trumpets before assuming his current position. Aca,!A"The Heralds were specially created to perform for the President and his diplomatic guests.Aca,!A?
A performing element of The U.S. Army Band Aca,!A"PershingAca,!a,,cs OwnAca,!A? in Washington, D.C., The Army Herald Trumpets has performed for countless events of national and international significance.
Founded in 1959 and patterned after traditional British Aca,!A"fanfareAca,!A? trumpet ensembles, The Army Herald Trumpets has been featured with orchestras from around the world, including, the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the
Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops and the Cincinnati Pops. The Herald Trumpets has also performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
In addition, the ensemble has performed at nationally and internationally televised events such as Super Bowl XXXIX, The Kennedy Center Honors, the relighting of the Statue of Liberty and the annual holiday celebrations Aca,!A"A Capitol Fourth,Aca,!A? Aca,!A"Christmas in WashingtonAca,!A? and Aca,!A"The National Memorial Day Concert.Aca,!A?
The Army Ground Forces Band serves as an outreach asset for the ArmyAca,!a,,cs largest command, U.S. Army Forces Command, headquartered at Fort McPherson.
As just one of only three Army bands with a national touring mission, the Army Ground Forces Band travels the nation, performing at local, regional and national events. The band also conducts master classes and clinics for music students at high schools and colleges around the country.
The 64 Soldiers assigned to the AGFB have passed highly selective auditions and are among the finest musicians in the United States Army Band Program. The majority of the band's members have studied music at some of the finest universities and conservatories.
Aca,!A"Sound the TrumpetsAca,!A? is a free, general admission concert. No tickets are required.