By Larry Stevens, FORSCOM Public Affairs OfficeNovember 21, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. The U.S. Army Forces Command's own Army Ground Forces Band (www.forscom.army.mil/band) and the Fayetteville Symphonic Band http://fayettevillecommunityband.org/) will perform a joint Holiday Concert at Reeves Auditorium on the Methodist University campus, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15.
The free performance will include traditional and contemporary holiday music that is perfect for the entire family's enjoyment.
General admission tickets are available, while they last, by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope with a request for the number of tickets desired (up to eight) to:
The Army Ground Forces Band
ATTN: Public Affairs
4700 Knox Street
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
Requests should include whether or not disability accessible seating tickets are required.
Requests need to be received no later than Thursday, Dec. 8.
Based at Fort Bragg, the 64-member Army Ground Forces Band and it various ensembles perform about 300 concerts a year at local, regional, and national events and hold master classes and clinics at high schools and colleges around the country. Soldiers assigned to the band have passed highly selective auditions and are among the finest musicians in the Army Band Program.
FORSCOM, the band's parent unit, is the Army's largest command. It prepares conventional forces to provide a sustained flow of trained and ready land power to Combatant Commanders in defense of the Nation at home and abroad.
The Fayetteville Symphonic Band consists of approximately 70 members. Fifty percent of the band is made up of Methodist University students, and the other half includes professionals, educators and students from the Cape Fear region. In its current form, FSB has existed since 2006. It annually performs four concerts, as well as for graduation ceremonies at the university. Additionally, FSB has both brass and woodwind ensembles.
Methodist University is an independent four-year institution of higher education with over 2,400 students from 41 states and 53 countries. Methodist University offers over 70 majors and concentrations, three master's degree programs, and 19 NCAA III intercollegiate sports.