eNewsletter, May 2018: The Cleveland Pops Presents

A Joint Concert with The U.S. Army Field Band

Following The U.S. Army Field Band’s return from the Norwegian Military Tattoo in Oslo, Norway and a series of Soldiers’ Chorus performances in Puerto Rico, both ensembles are rehearsing for one of the most significant military events of the year: Memorial Day.

The Soldiers' Chorus at The National Memorial Day Concert
Each year, members of the Soldiers’ Chorus are featured in The National Memorial Day Concert, nationally televised on PBS. This year, the Concert Band will travel to Ohio to collaborate with Maestro Carl Topilow and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and Pops Chorus for their Memorial Day concert, An American Salute, on Saturday, May 25. The Concert Band participated in this concert in 2008 and is honored to be back for the 17th annual patriotic classic, held at Severance Hall in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Pops
Maestro Topilow has worked with The U.S. Army Field Band on many occasions, hosting the Soldiers’ Chorus with the Sandusky Symphony Orchestra in 2017 as well as the Jazz Ambassadors with the Cleveland Pops in 2016 and 2017. He looks forward to renewing our musical relationship with joint performances of Fanfare for the Common Man, 1812 Overture, Wellington’s Victory, and of course, The Stars and Stripes Forever. Rarely performed, Beethoven’s Wellington’s Victory uses expanded brass and percussion sections to simulate the British and French troops in the Battle of Vitoria, Spain, in 1813. Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture was written to celebrate Russian victory over Napoleon, but has since become a symbol of inspiration for freedom-loving people across the globe. One of the piece’s most memorable aspects is its use of cannon fire, usually simulated by percussion, but often performed with real cannons. Given the raucous nature of these works, concert patrons are encouraged to bring earplugs to the concert!
Maestro Carl Topilow

The concert will also include works performed independently by the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Concert Band. Lieutenant Colonel Domingos Robinson will lead the Concert Band in some of our most popular American classics, including Silverado, The Circus Bee, music from The Incredibles, and In the Mood.

Colonel Jim Keene, the Commander of The U.S. Army Field Band, will perform with the Soldiers’ Chorus at the National Capitol, but conveys his enthusiasm for the Concert Band’s partnership with the Cleveland Pops. “The Soldiers of the United States Army Field Band are very excited to join forces with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and Pops Chorus to honor Veterans and to salute America,” said Colonel Keene.

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The U.S. Army Field Band

4214 Field Band Drive STE 5330

Fort George G. Meade MD 20755-7055

301-677-6586 | usarmyfieldband@mail.mil