US Army brings patriotism to Luhrs


On Wednesday, the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center was bursting at the seams with the songs of America and an immense feeling of patriotism as the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus graced the stage.

The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus is a concert band and chorus made up of dedicated soldiers who travel the nation and the world.

They spread the word about the honor of the U.S. Army and reflected the excellence of the nation’s soldiers.

The concert on Wednesday night featured several numbers that were composed and arranged to reflect the honor and dignity of the U.S. Army.

The concert began with a collection of songs titled the “Patriotic Prologue” that included “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Members of the Shippensburg University ROTC Color Guard presented the flag during the national anthem.

Several collections of songs were included in the performance, such as “In Love.” which included songs from three different Broadway musicals: “Chess,” “Nine” and “South Pacific.”

The different collections featured several soloists who performed on different instruments.
An entire number was dedicated to two soloists on the flute. Staff Sergeants Kasumi Leonard and Gina Sebastian were featured on flutes in a re-composition of music from the opera “Rigoletto” called “Rigoletto-Fantaisie.”

During the performance, several members of the SU Band and Madrigal Singers were asked to perform alongside the Field Band and Soldiers Chorus.

Shipensburg Univeristy Band members Joel Behr, Zachary Clouse, Robyn Collette, John Deutsch, Kendrick Gibbs, Catherine Hetrick, Colleen Ochs and Otto Wallenmeyer were featured.

Madrigal Singers Emily Longenecker, Jennifer Moore, Carley Heck, O. Dallas Johnson, Brad Barkdoll, Cavet Leibensperger, James Barciz and Jacob Chapman were featured with the Soldiers’ Chorus.

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