By Staff Sgt Christopher Branagan (JFHQNCRMDW)November 29, 2011
Washington (Nov 23, 2011) - The U.S. Army Chorus, led by Maj. Dwayne Milburn, had an opportunity to rehearse with a special guest soloist: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey.
In 1956 The U.S. Army Chorus was established as the vocal counterpart of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," and is one of the nation's only professional men's choruses. From its inception, The U.S. Army Chorus has established and maintained a reputation of excellence in the performance of male choral literature. Beyond the traditional military music and patriotic standards, the repertoire of the Army Chorus covers a broad spectrum which includes pop, Broadway, folk, and classical music.
The Army Chorus performs frequently at the White House, the Vice President's Residence, the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the State Department. World leaders, such as the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy, former Presidents Jose Maria Aznar of Spain, Lech Walesa of Poland, and Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union have been serenaded by the Army Chorus during state visits. These visiting dignitaries are often greeted in their native tongues, as the Chorus is able to sing in more than 26 languages.