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BCF TO HOST U.S. ARMY FIELD BAND AND CHORUS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 20, 2010


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The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, Fla., will be hosting the world renowned United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus Sunday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. Packed with patriotism and American spirit, the Field Band and Chorus performance is designed to appeal to all audiences, offering classical, semi-classical and popular selections, choral arrangements, novelty numbers, and crowd pleasing military marches.

The U.S. Army Field Band is the official touring musical representative of the U.S. Army. The band is under the operational command of the Army's Chief of Public Affairs at the Pentagon. Colonel Thomas H. Palmatier of Ballston Spa, N.Y. is the band's present commander and conductor. He is the ninth director in the Field Band's history.

The Field Band was organized on March 21, 1946, when General Jacob L. Devers issued the following order to Chief Warrant Officer Chester E. Whiting, the commander of the Army's First Combat Infantry Band: "I want you to organize a band that will carry into the grassroots of our country the story of our magnificent Army, its glorious traditions and achievements; and of the great symbol of American manhood -- the ground soldier."

The Soldiers' Chorus, the vocal complement of the Field Band, consists of 29 highly trained and talented vocalists. The chorus presents arrangements of well-known popular and patriotic compositions at each performance.

All concerts are conducted at the direction of the Secretary of the Army, and are open to the general public, free of charge. For more information and to obtain tickets on the upcoming concert, please call at 800-328-2660 ext. 418 or visit the website at baptistcollege.edu.

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