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Army band to make area stop

September 17, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

EAST LIVERPOOL - Tickets remain for Tuesday's performance of the United States Army Field Band of Washington, D.C.

The free public performance, sponsored by The Review and East Liverpool Schools, will take place at Westgate Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the concert set to begin at 7 p.m.

The two-hour concert, which includes a 15-minute intermission, will be led by Maj. Dwayne S. Milburn and Maj. Scott McKenzie and will include band and choral students from East Liverpool High School.

Nick Harris (trombone), Brian Ferry (trumpet), Rachel Mason (horn), Austin Wade (alto sax) and Lacey Hutchman (clarinet) will represent the high school band, while members of the Blue & White's choir will include Andrea Disch, Rachel Mason, David Mouse, Zechariah Harris, Konner Shaunessey, Emily Lawson, Brianna Bowers and Brooke Myers.

The local students will perform selected pieces with the band and choir. They were selected for the show by their school directors.

As the premier touring musical representative for the Army, the Field Band travels thousands of miles each year throughout the nation and abroad, keeping the will of the American people behind the members of the Armed Forces and supporting diplomatic efforts around the world. Since its formation in 1946, the Field Band has appeared in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on four continents.

Along with the Soldiers' Chorus, which was founded in 1957, this 65-member concert band presents a powerful and diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections and instrumental and vocal solos. A music critic for the Boston Globe called a Field Band performance "a cause to stand up and cheer."

McKenzie was assigned as associate bandmaster of the U.S. Army Field Band and officer-in-charge of the Concert Band in August. Previously, he was commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band at Fort Eustis, Va.

McKenzie initially enlisted in the Army in 1999 and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division Band at Fort Bragg, N.C. Upon earning his commission, he served at the Army School of Music, the United States Army Europe Band and Chorus, and the United States Army Band.

Milburn was assigned as conductor of the Soldiers' Chorus in September 2011 and deputy commander of the U.S. Army Field Band in April. As one of 24 commissioned officer conductors in the United States Army Band Program, his previous assignments include duties as commander of the Army Ground Forces Band, Atlanta, and associate bandmaster for the U.S. Continental Army Band (Fort Monroe, Va.), The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" (Washington, D.C.), and the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus (Heidelberg, Germany).

His military honors include the President Benjamin Harrison Award, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the NATO Medal.

Tickets for the Tuesday concert are free and are available at The Review offices, 210 E. Fourth St., East Liverpool. They may be picked up 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. There is a limit of four tickets per person, per visit. Seating at the Westgate venue is limited.

According to school officials, the parking lot in the rear of the Westgate campus, where the school buses are parked, will be available for additional parking on the night of the event. Also, the rear entrance to the building will be open for those attending to have easier access to the auditorium.

The Tri-State Veterans Burial Group will provide color guard for the evening's concert.

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