McMurry University Band Students to Perform with U.S. Army Field Band

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, November 3, 2014 8:49 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Eight McMurry University band students have been invited to perform with the U.S. Army Field Band during its concert on Saturday, November 15, at 7 p.m. in McMurry’s Radford Auditorium.  Brantley Fleming, Andrew Hall, Rachel Hall, Joshua Howeth, Jarrod Light, Amity McLaughlin, Karissa Means, and Kenny Mostert will all perform live with the Field Band during the John Philip Sousa march El Captian

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. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audience 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.” 

Free tickets are still available for the November 15 concert from the McMurry Band Office.  Please contact David Robinson at (325) 793-4867 or for tickets or more information about the concert.  For more information about the Army Field Band, please visit

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