COLUMBIA – The S.C. Arts Commission is partnering with Lower Richland High School to present the internationally acclaimed U.S. Army Field Band of Washington, D.C., at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in the high school’s auditorium, 2615 Lower Richland Boulevard in Hopkins.
Eight students from the Lower Richland band and choral program will perform with the band, and the school’s JROTC Diamond Battalion will present the colors. This Veteran’s Day salute is free to the public.
Community members can request free tickets online at http://www.armyfieldband.com or up to six free tickets by mail. To request tickets by mail, send the number of tickets requested along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to S.C. Arts Commission, ATTN: U.S. Army Field Band Tickets, 1026 Sumter St., Suite 200, Columbia, SC, 29201.
The deadline to request paper tickets is Nov. 6. Groups can request additional tickets by calling 803-734-8687.
The Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. 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 Concert Band and 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 Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus 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.
More than six decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development.
Headquartered in Columbia, the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. Visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803-734-8696 for more information.