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U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus to perform at Coe

Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2015-02-17 15:10:55 - General

The musical ambassadors of the U.S. Army - the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus - will perform at Coe College on Wednesday, March 4, beginning at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The musicians will perform band music ranging from traditional marches to patriotic tunes as well as a variety of choral selections.

Tickets are available at no charge and they will be required for this concert. In order to receive up to four free tickets, you should send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Music Department Army Band Tickets, Coe College, 1220 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402. Ticket holders must be seated by 6:45 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released to non-ticket holders at 6:50 p.m. Although a limited number of tickets may be available at the door that night, it is highly recommended that those interested in attending request tickets in advance, as previous concerts by military bands at Coe have sold out.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus were founded in 1946 and 1957, respectively. These two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

The 65-member Field Band and the 29-member Soldiers' Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics and Broadway musicals. The band and chorus also perform independently, and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals and educational outreach, members of the Field Band and Soldiers' Choral frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All-American Bowl and diplomatic efforts overseas.

The U.S. Army Field Band
The U.S. Army Field Band has performed in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries for audiences totaling more than 100 million. Tours have taken the band throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, the Far East and India.

The group appears in a wide variety of settings, from world-famous concert halls, such as the Berlin Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall, to state fairgrounds and high school gymnasiums. The Field Band regularly travels and performs with the Soldiers' Chorus, together presenting a powerful and diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections, and instrumental and vocal solos. The organization has also performed joint concerts with many of the nation's leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to formal programs, the Field Band has participated in numerous presidential inaugural parades and supported many diplomatic missions overseas. Regardless of the venue, the pageantry and professionalism of the band's performance is sure to be entertaining and emotional for all audiences, instilling pride in our American heritage.

The Soldiers' Chorus
The Soldiers' Chorus is the vocal complement of the United States Army Field Band. The mixed choral ensemble travels throughout the nation and abroad, performing as a separate component and in joint concerts with the Field Band of the "Musical Ambassadors of the Army." The chorus has performed in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, India, the Far East, and throughout Europe, entertaining audiences of all ages.

The musical backgrounds of Soldiers' Chorus personnel range from opera and musical theatre to music education and vocal coaching; this diversity provides unique programming flexibility. In addition to presenting selections from the vast choral repertoire, Soldiers' Chorus performances often include the music of Broadway, opera, barbershop quartet and Americana.

This versatility has earned the Soldiers' Chorus an international reputation for presenting musical excellence and inspiring patriotism. Critics have acclaimed recent appearances with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, and the Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Nashville and National symphony orchestras. Other notable performances include four world fairs, American Choral Directors Association conferences, music educator conventions, Kennedy Center Honors Programs, the 750th anniversary of Berlin, and the rededication of the Statue of Liberty.

The musical ambassadors of the U.S. Army – the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus - will perform at Coe College on Wednesday, March 4, beginning at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.
The musical ambassadors of the U.S. Army - the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus - will perform at Coe College on Wednesday, March 4, beginning at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.