The U.S. Army Field Band eNewsletter, February 2017
REPRESENTING AMERICA'S ARMY
One cornerstone of American democracy is the guarantee of free elections and peaceful transition of power. Another is our military’s steadfast service to the Constitution. These are part of the foundation that continues to give the American people faith in their democracy, and were on display in the 58th Presidential Inauguration on January 20.
Following the Inauguration Ceremony and the First Family’s procession to the White House, the Inaugural Parade showcases our military, Veterans, and select civilian groups in an act of support for the incoming president. The U.S. Army Field Band has had the honor of leading the Inaugural Parade since 1949, when America celebrated the inauguration of Harry Truman.
The tradition of the Inaugural Parade dates back to the inauguration of George Washington in April, 1789. Accompanied by local militias, Washington himself led the procession from Mt. Vernon to Federal Hall in New York City, where he took the oath of office. In 1801, Thomas Jefferson led the parade from his boardinghouse to the newly built Capitol building in Washington, DC. The first organized parade occurred in 1809, and the 1841 Inaugural Parade included participation from military bands, civilian groups, and floats, a tradition that continues today. The U.S. Army Field Band is proud of our role in this time-honored event, and looks forward to continuing to represent America’s Army across the nation.
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES AND SPRING CONCERT TOURS
In the coming weeks, look for performances from the Army Field Band Chamber Series in the Washington, DC, and Maryland region! And in March and April, the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus, and the Jazz Ambassadors will be touring the southern United States, from Virginia to New Mexico and everywhere in between.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND PATRONS
Our nation celebrated its 240th birthday in 2016, and the Army Field Band would like to recognize the impactful relationships we have with our sponsors, patrons, and many fans throughout the United States and abroad. Performing in your communities is an honor and a privilege that would not be possible without your continuous and unfailing support and patronage. The thousands of sponsors who have hosted the Army Field Band are links in the chain that connect the American public with their military.
We salute you for your continued efforts...
...and look forward to working with you for many years to come!