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U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus returns to DeKalb

The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus of Washington, D.C. will perform a free patriotic concert at 7:30 p.m. July 7 at the Dee Palmer Band Shell in DeKalb's Hopkins Park.
The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus of Washington, D.C. will perform a free patriotic concert at 7:30 p.m. July 7 at the Dee Palmer Band Shell in DeKalb's Hopkins Park.

DeKALB – The Egyptian Theatre and the DeKalb Park District will welcome back the internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus of Washington, D.C., on July 7.

The free patriotic performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Dee Palmer Band Shell in Hopkins Park in DeKalb.

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 event is free and tickets are not required to attend. For more information, visit www.egyptiantheatre.org or call the box office at 815-758-1215.

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