WHAT A SURPRISE — Tuesday night after the U.S. Army Field Band Concert, Colonel Tim Holtan presented The Independent-Observer Owner/Publisher, Pat Lee with a picture of the Military’s Most Traveled Musicians. In the picture is the Concert Band and Soldiers Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors, The Volunteers and the Soldiers Chorus. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Field Band
By Tirsea McNeal, I-O Reporter
In the CHS filled auditorium a fine well-tuned hum vibrated and an anticipating audience settled in for what many described as the best event they’d attended this year.
As the band finished a pre-warm up phase, the lights dimmed, the audience silenced and the event began.
When the performance continued, eyes were riveted on the musicians and ears were capturing the essence of their patriotic presentation.
Oboes, French horns, clarinets and piccolos mixed amongst the percussion and multiple instruments to play pieces from Mozart, Sullivan and pieces from other various composers.
Ruthemary Kronebusch attended the concert. She said, “It was the most wonderful concerts to sit on that stage! I looked down to see something on my program, and the piccolo players started playing, and I said where did they come from? Everything was so well orchestrated. They were also professional and performed very well.”
The concert had a variety of music from solo’s to full chorus and multiple band arrangements.
Kronebusch added, “The music choice was very good for all of us. Not too classical, not too modern, but it was all there. Music is important, but presentation is important too.”
Kronebusch wanted those who brought the concert to Conrad to know she was appreciative of their hard work. She said, “I know how much work it takes to bring something like this to our small town.”
The Soldiers Chorus performed various pieces; one entitled Weekend in the Country by Stephen Sondheim.
Toward the end of the concert, the performers did an Armed Forces Salute, a tribute to each branch of the military signified by their unique musical theme song while the veterans in the audience stood as their song was played.
By the concluding performances, the spectators were tapping their feet, clapping their hands and in the end gave the band and chorus a well-deserved standing ovation.