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SSG Brian McKinneyMy colleagues and I in the West Point Band will present our annual Veterans Day concert on Sunday, November 10th at 3:00 p.m. in West Point’s Eisenhower Hall Theatre. If you’re in the area, you’re not going to want to miss this one. Join us as we celebrate our veterans!

The band will be a hybrid of musicians from the Jazz Knights, Concert Band, and Hellcats. We’ll be playing everything from Big Band tunes to patriotic favorites. There will also be all sorts of multimedia, including narration and video displays.

Our program will tell the story of our veterans. Where to begin? We’ll hearken back to the American Revolution as the Hellcats perform a number of bugle calls that were so prevalent and vital to battle during that time. Civil War Fantasy, a piece that works just fine on its own on any program, represents the War Between the States. It takes a bit of endurance to play, but it’s equally rewarding to the performer and the listener. World War I will be represented with “Over There,” a catchy tune that’s always a crowd favorite. The Jazz Knights, one of the premier big bands in the world, will perform the music of World War II as they play “Well Git It,” “Take the A Train,” and Glenn Miller’s classic “In the Mood.” Excerpts from Variations on a Korean Folk Song, a powerful piece by renowned wind music composer John Barnes Chance, will recognize the Korean War. Vietnam will be associated with our performance of “Along the Watchtower,” while veterans of Desert Storm will be represented with a performance of “God Bless the USA.” Veterans of our recent campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan will recognize “Letters from War,” a popular song performed by our newest vocalist, Cpl. Jeremy Gaynor. Or they might enjoy our rendition of Medal of Honor, music from the popular video game series by one of Hollywood’s premier composers, Michael Giacchino. And of course there’s the U.S. Military Academy. We’re always thrilled to perform Mansions of the Lord, a powerful and beautiful piece honoring those from West Point who served. The piece will feature the fine playing of our principal trumpeter, Staff Sgt. Andrew Garcia. The concert will close as we recognize all veterans with performances of Armed Forces Medley and Lt. Col. Keene’s original song Standing for Freedom. Other highlights include Sousa’s The Liberty Bell March, America the Beautiful, and a performance of Taps.

This program has it all: vocals, symphonic pieces, jazz, even drum and bugle demonstrations. And it all honors our veterans. Who could ask for more! Hope to see you there.

Free tickets for are required for the performance. They can be downloaded at www.westpointband.com.

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