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Army Field Band To Perform At Texas A&M

The Texas A&M Wind Symphony will guest perform Stars & Stripes Forever; Timothy Rhea will guest conduct Maslanka’s Give Us This Day.
By Tanika Marais, Texas A&M Division of Student Affairs October 29, 2019

The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

As part of its fall concert tour, The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform at Texas A&M University on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Texas A&M Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts.

Free tickets are available to the public at the MSC Box Office.

“The group will perform ‘This We’ll Defend,’ a powerful concert that puts audience members side-by-side with the soldiers defending our country,” said Master Sgt. Brian Sacawa, public affairs representative for The United States Army Field Band. “Throughout our nation’s history, the Army has been there to defend the U.S. Constitution and the citizens of the United States against all enemies. Whether it’s the landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day or the camaraderie and teamwork that sustains U.S. soldiers through their most challenging missions, through this concert, we honor heroes of yesterday and ensure that American citizens remember the soldiers standing guard today in more than 140 countries around the world.”

Timothy Rhea, director of the Department of Music Activities at Texas A&M, will guest conduct the second movement of David Maslanka’s short symphony “Give Us This Day.” Texas A&M’s Wind Symphony will join the Army Field Band in its performance of our national march, John Philip Sousa’s “Stars & Stripes Forever.”

“We are pleased to have one of the premier service bands from Washington, D.C. to perform on the Texas A&M University campus,” Rhea said. “This is one of the most outstanding professional music organizations in our country, and their invitation to the Texas A&M Wind Symphony to perform with them represents a paramount experience for our students. I highly encourage everyone to take advantage of this concert experience provided by Col. Keene and members of the U.S. Army. It promises to be a dynamic event.”

Col. Jim Keene, commander of the Army band, said the group’s members are delighted to perform at Texas A&M.

“The Army remains committed to our soldiers, our veterans and our country, and it is the people of the United States who we all serve,” Keene said. “It’s a privilege to perform in College Station and to connect the United States to its Army. Using the power of music, our soldiers pay tribute to all service members who have liberated many parts of the world and who have preserved our freedoms and our Constitution.”

The U.S. Army Field Band
The U.S. Army Field Band tours nationally and internationally as directed by the Department of the Army, and serves as the liaison between the Army and the American people. Its primary mission is to connect America to its Army through the universal language of music. The Army Field Band consists of four performing components and a far-reaching educational program. Local organizations host each concert tour with the mission of supporting local community events such as centennial celebrations, festivals, and city and state commemorations. Visit the website for more information.

Texas A&M University Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts

The Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) at Texas A&M University provides arts opportunities to students, faculty, and staff of Texas A&M University as well as the larger Bryan/College Station community. The AVPA primarily produces guest artists residencies and public performances and offers grants to support faculty research and curriculum development relating to our mission. Visit the website for more information.

Media contact: Master Sgt. Brian Sacawa, public affairs representative, The United States Army Field Band,  301-310-8133,

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