By Frederick Poole, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine CommandJune 6, 2012
Food, fun, family time, and great music is the combination for entertainment as the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band prepares for their first Music Under the Stars concert event June 7, at Fort Eustis' Magnolia Park overlooking the James River.
According to the TRADOC Band, MUTS has been a tradition since 1932 and is considered the longest running concert series in Hampton Roads. TRADOC will deliver a wide range of music from jazz, classical, salsa, and more throughout the summer, ending with their finale August 30 with the "Overture 1812". Maj. Scott McKenzie, TRADOC Band commander and conductor, gave a small description of what else they have in store for their 80th season opener at Magnolia Park.
"We'll feature one of our superior clarinetists, Sgt. Luis Rivera, in a medley of Benny Goodman classics music from Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess", and some Leroy Anderson and Leonard Bernstein. And no military band concert would be complete without a couple of marches," said McKenzie.
MUTS is a free concert event open to the public starting Thursday evenings, June 7 and ending Aug. 30.
Each MUTS concert has a special theme that covers numerous genres of music from a jazz-based theme with their "Jazz side of the moon" performance Aug. 9, to the country music rendition, "This is Country Music" Aug. 23.
The following is the full schedule:
June 7 -- "80th Season Opener"
June 14 -- "Army Birthday Celebration"
June 21 -- "A Night in New Orleans"
June 28 -- "For Children of all Ages"
July 5 -- "Passing the Guidon"
July 12 -- 202nd Army National Guard Concert Band
July 19 -- 202nd Army National Guard Rock Band
July 26 -- "A Little Night Music"
Aug. 2 -- "Land That I Love"
Aug. 9 -- "Jazz Side of the Moon"
Aug. 16 -- "Tropical Rhythm"
Aug. 23 -- "This is Country Music"
Aug. 30 -- "Overture 1812" (Rain date: Sept. 6)
Attendees without Department of Defense identification must have photo identification and proof of auto insurance with registration in order to attend. For more information about the TRADOC Band, visit www.tradocband.com, call their office at 757-501-6944, or visit them via social media through their facebook page at www.facebook.com/TRADOCBand.