At a time when we feel so divided as Americans, it was heartening to experience enthusiastic unity, courtesy of the U.S. Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus, who performed a free concert on Wednesday at Rome’s Capitol Theatre.
The especially contemporary and creative repertoire was thematically unified and relevant, portraying our shared, sometimes checkered history, both in conflict and peacetime.
These eighty professional Army artists and and technical crew of twenty presented their signature “This We’ll Defend” show, an eclectic assortment of instrumental and vocal music, augmented with video accents, reminding us of the sacrifices our Armed Forces have made both at home and abroad.
There was special attention given to those women and men who have served in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Special thanks to the generosity of event sponsor Steve Sislo, who made arrangements for the band and chorus and made sure they were fed, as well as to the accommodating Capitol Theatre staff.
Finally, it was a privilege for the Herb Geller Memorial Scholarship Concerts committee to promote these superior musician soldiers. (Geller was a clarinetist with the West Point Band before being band director at RFA from 1976-96.) HGMSC looks forward to further supporting both our extraordinary local music educators and the exceptional students they teach.
— Ted Lenio, Rome