U.S. Army Band and Chorus set to play three free concerts _lowres

Photo by ROB MCIVER -- The U.S. Army Field Band, along with its Soldiers Chorus, will perform in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Hammond next week.

The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus will perform in three area venues in the coming week.

The groups’ first performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond. The show will move to the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The final performance is set for 6 p.m. Thursday in the LSU Union Theater, Raphael Semmes Road on campus.

The Concert Band & 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.

The joining of these two ensembles, A 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus, 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 ensembles including the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Interim Director Roy Blackwood said the concert is a great way to celebrate Veterans Day.

“There is no more enjoyable way to honor our veterans or to show one’s patriotism than by experiencing the United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus at Columbia Theatre,” he said. “With exciting music guaranteed to make your chest swell with pride and your toes tap, join us for this tribute to our nation’s heroes.”

As an official ensemble of the “Musical Ambassadors of the Army,” the Field Band has a longtime commitment to music education. The group’s performance schedule and outreach activities include hundreds of visits to VA and civilian care centers, clinics and public schools around the nation.

From Boston to Baghdad, Tampa to Toronto, the Army Field Band has been thrilling audiences of all ages for more than six decades. As the premier touring musical representative for the U.S. Army, this internationally-acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and abroad.

All three concerts are free, but tickets are required for entry. For tickets to the Columbia Theatre performance, call (985) 543-4371. For the Lafayette performance, call (337) 233-7060 or visit acadiana centerforthearts.org.

For the LSU performance, tickets must be picked up ahead of time at the box office. For more information, call (225) 578-5128.