Public invited to Fort DeRussy musical event

| June 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Nancy Rasmussen
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

Members of the 25th Infantry Division Band Ceremonial Team play patriotic selections and military music drawn from the rich tradition of Army bands in the 235 years of the U.S. Army’s history. (Courtesy Photo)FORT SHAFTER — U.S. Army-Pacific welcomes the community to Fort DeRussy in Waikiki, 6 p.m., June 9, when Kuroda Parade Field will fill with the sounds of woodwinds, bagpipes, drums, strings and horns, as the Army Birthday Commemoration kicks off with a Musical Tribute in honor of military service members and their families in the Pacific.

Come, find out the reasons why all five traditional bands garner so much applause and appreciation, and enjoy a free evening of patriotic enthusiasm.

The historic Royal Hawaiian Band, a wind ensemble under the direction of bandmaster Michael Nakasone, leads off early with the U.S. national anthem, followed by the Hawaii state song, Hawaii Ponoi.  Established in 1836 by King Kamehameha III, it is the only band in the U.S. with a royal legacy. 

For its finale number, the band will play “Go for Broke,” the fight song for the 100th Infantry Battalion’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which was established early in World War II and comprised Japanese volunteers from U.S. internment camps. 

For its size and length of service, the 442nd was the most decorated U.S. military unit.

The evening’s host, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander, USARPAC, welcomes community members to enjoy another local band, the Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii, who will play its “Tribute to Fallen Heroes.” 

Since 1985, the pipers and drummers have entertained islanders, and its ranks currently consist of 18 pipers, four drummers and an Irish dance team, “Jig This.” 

Community members are in for a treat with a performance by the U.S. Army Strings, one of the premier elements of the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” in Washington. 

The Army Strings provides a musical backdrop for many of the country’s most notable events. Its mission is to serve as a musical ambassador for high-level military and government events at home and abroad, as well as in concert for public audiences. 

This versatile ensemble of 20 world-class musicians performs as the Strolling Strings, the U.S. Army Orchestra and various mixed small chamber ensembles and combos. 

Later that night, attendees will then become enthralled with the Pacific Fleet Band performance. 

According to Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs, when the Pacific Fleet Band arrives for a performance, they swiftly and efficiently unload their odd-shaped cases, as if choreographed. Minutes later, they’re usually seated on stage and tuning their instruments. 

Then at a precise, pre-arranged moment, the director gives his cue and they play. This is when many spectators become aware of their presence. By the time the performance is over, their audience is captivated.  

Closing out the evening and in support of the USARPAC Musical Tribute, Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division Band Ceremonial Team will provide a program consisting of patriotic selections and military music drawn from the rich tradition of Army bands. 

The 25th ID Band’s contribution will showcase how martial music has been an integral part of the armed forces since the military’s inception.

For more information on the Musical Tribute, call 438-9761.

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