The 4th of July came early for campers tonight as The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus made a stop in Muncie, Indiana. The enthusiastic campers were treated to pre-concert performances, as members were warming up and greeting people in the hallway and the Six-String Soldiers took the stage to play to the crowd as they took their seats. The crowd was loving every minute of it, even before the concert officially began.
I was excited to attend this concert two years in a row because these are incredible musicians and the concert has always been amazing; however, I was hesitant that it would be the same repertoire. I WAS DEFINITELY, WRONG! The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus took the audience on a musical journey both old and new. I loved how they started the concert off with a dub step piece. Yes, that’s right a concert band emulating the dub step sound. The trombones were rockin’ and their mimicking of the bass in dub step was spot on.
The band then played a wide range of selections such as: Music from the movies with “The Incredibles” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, a Pentatonix cover, a flashback to the 1930s jazz era, and always my favorite… The Armed Forces Salute. It always brings chills to see active and retired service men and women stand up as well as those who had family members who served our country. I always feel proud to stand up during the Marines and Army for my grandparents.
The concert was incredible and I think all of our campers are going to remember this night for a very long time. The best part about it, you can re-live some of that concert magic (or see it for the first time if you weren’t there!) because the United States Army Field Band has shared some of the footage on social media!
With Day 2 of the MFA Summer Symposium in the books the campers will get ready for a wonderful Wednesday. It’s the half way point of camp, but there is still so much more to do and accomplish.
Author: Matt Mackowiak
Matt Mackowiak is the Marketing Coordinator at Music for All. Matt has been involved in the performing arts since a young age as a percussionist, and throughout his life has performed on the field as a snare drummer, at the podium as a drum major and in the gym as a winter guard member. He graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations. Before Music for All, Matt worked as a staff member for several marching band and color guard programs across Indiana.