Missouri S&T bands to make sweet music with the 399th Army Band

The 399th Army Band from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, will join the Missouri University of Science and Technology Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony for a free concert in February.

The concert will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, located at 10th and Main streets in Rolla. 

Tickets, which are still required although the event is free, can be acquired through the Leach Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday and on the day of the event.

The Symphonic Band will begin the concert by performing “Hail to the Spirit of Liberty March” by John Philip Sousa, “Mountain Thyme” by Samuel R. Hazo, and “Seven Hills Overture” by John Fannin. The Symphonic Band will be joined onstage by members of the 399th Army Band.

The Wind Symphony will then take the stage to perform “Fairest of the Fair March” by John Philip Sousa, “Air” from “Air and Dance” by W. Francis McBeth, and “Adirondack Festival Overture” by Stephen Bulla.

Following the intermission, the 399th Army Band will take the stage to perform “American Salute” by Morton Gould, Movement 1 of “Concerto for Tuba and Band” by Eric Ewazen with Sgt. 1st Class Jim Cipriano as the featured soloist. Staff Sgt. Mark McMurray will be the featured vocalist on Alfred Reed’s “The Pledge of Allegiance.” The band will finish the concert with renditions of Carmen Dragon’s “America the Beautiful” and “Armed Forces Medley.” “Medley” was arranged by Maj. Dwayne Milburn, commander and conductor of the United States Army Europe Band and Chorus.

The S&T bands will be conducted by David Cress, assistant teaching professor of arts, languages, and philosophy at Missouri S&T. The 399th Army Band will be conducted by Warrant Officer Benjamin J. McMillan.

For more information on the concert or Missouri S&T bands, contact Cress at cressdl@mst.edu, or call the Missouri S&T performing arts office at 573-341-4185. Information can also be found by contacting the Leach Theatre Box Office at 573-341-4219 or leach@mst.edu. The Leach Theatre Box Office is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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