Cameron University Concert Band and 77th Army Band unite for free concert

The Cameron University Concert Band and Fort Sill's 77th Army Band will present a combined concert on Wednesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. The Cameron University Concert Band is conducted by Dr. Jim Lambert, and the 77th Army Band is conducted by Warrant Officer 1st Class Bridgette Brenmark. Admission is free.

“For the past 45 years, Cameron’s Concert Band performance with the 77th Army Band has provided an exciting opportunity for Cameron’s student musicians to sit side-by-side with professional musicians,” says Lambert. “This year’s combined concert will entertain the audience with a diversity of music from Holst to John Williams to John Philip Sousa.”

The concert will include rousing performances of “His Honor March” by Henry Fillmore, Gustav Holst’s “Mars and Jupiter” from his “Planets,” Holst’s “First Suite in Eb, “With Malice Toward None,” from the movie soundtrack “Lincoln” as arranged by 77th Army bandsman Jonathan Creal and featuring solo trumpeter Staff Sergeant James Liverman, “Cole Porter Medley” arranged by Robert Russell Bennett, and John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever March.”

Additionally, the combined ensembles will pay tribute to the individual anthems of America’s military with “Armed Forces Salute” arranged by Michael Brown and Paul Murtha. Specialist Robert McMillan will be featured as vocalist during the concert.

Known as “The Pride of Fort Sill,” the 77th Army Band was constituted on March 1, 1907 as the 13th Band, Coast Artillery and activated at Fort Du Pont, Delaware. After World War I, it was reorganized and re-designated as the Band Section, Headquarters Battery, 16th Coast Artillery at Fort Armstrong, Territory of Hawaii. Om 1927, it was withdrawn from Headquarters Battery and re-designated as the Band, 16th Coast Artillery. For the next 30 or so years, it was reorganized, re-designated, inactivated and re-activated on numerous occasions. On February 24, 1955, the 77th Army Band was activated at Fort Sill, where it has found what seems to be a permanent home. The 77th Army Band is known nationwide and has performed at numerous special events across the country.

The Cameron University Concert Band, composed of Cameron students, performs at numerous events throughout the academic year. The ensemble is open to music majors, minors and non-music students.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts at 580-581-2346.

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April 18, 2017