The Concert Band & Soldiers' Chorus with Keith Lockhart in Boston
This Independence Day, The U.S. Army Field Band renewed two long-standing partnerships with two of the world's premier musical organizations: the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra.
For the past three years, the Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus have joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for its annual Salute to America at Greenfield Village. This year, the Army Field Band was represented by America's Big Band, the Jazz Ambassadors.
The Jazz Ambassadors with the DSO in Dearborn, MI
"The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is one of the best orchestras we've had the chance to work with," said Sergeant Major Andrew Layton, Lead Alto Saxophone with the Jazz Ambassadors. "This group plays jazz and pop music on the same high level as their classical repertoire, something very few groups can do. Seeing thousands and thousands of people come out to all three of our performances with the DSO showed the kind of excitement both groups created together. I hope we get the chance to do it again."
Alexis Cole sings with the Jazz Ambassadors and the DSO
While the Jazz Ambassadors represented America's Army in Greenfield Village, the Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus returned to Boston for a fourth collaboration with the Boston Pops Orchestra.
The last time the band and chorus played in Boston for the 4th was in 2011, when they played for a live audience of approximately 500,000 and a television audience of millions more. "The Army Field Band has had a long and storied relationship with the Boston Pops," said Colonel Jim Keene, Commander of the Army Field Band, "and we're excited to have rejoined America's premier pops orchestra on stage in Boston. Boston represents the Yankee Doodle Dandy spirit that defeated tyranny and lit the candle of freedom that still burns today. On the 4th of July, the two groups that do patriotic music better than anyone joined forces to celebrate a country that is still worth fighting for."
This year, Alan Menken and Jack Feldman composed a new work for the concert, The Sum of Us, and the Army Field Band and Boston Pops Orchestra were joined by Melissa Etheridge, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Leslie Odom, Jr. of Hamilton. The concert opened with a fighter jet flyover, included selections from the Boston Pops' recent album Lights, Camera...Music! Six Decades of John Williams, continued with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture featuring live cannon, and ended with a spectacular 20-minute firework display. For an American Independence Day concert, it doesn’t get much better.
"There is no better place in America to celebrate Independence Day," said Colonel Keene. "When the Army Field Band and the Boston Pops join forces, it's always very special."
The Concert Band & Soldiers' Chorus with Alumni guests 7:00 p.m. Constitution Park Fort Meade, MD
Come out and celebrate America's Army with The U.S. Army Field Band for our Alumni Concert. In keeping with Army Field Band tradition, this concert will include returning alumni from across the United States and feature Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture accompanied by the Presidential Salute Battery of The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). Don't miss this spectacular event!