Musicians from the 399th Army Band, the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, and the St. Louis Symphony share the stage for a free patriotic musical event

Members of the St. Louis Symphony, the 399th Army Band, and the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America will join forces for an extraordinary concert to honor active duty and veteran military service members on May 17 at 7:00pm.

The free concert features winds, brass, and percussion musicians from the St. Louis Symphony in a free side-by-side patriotic concert with men and women from the Army and Air Force bands. St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus Director Kevin McBeth will share conducting duties for this concert with commanders from the Army and Air Force bands. Patriotic works including, “America the Beautiful,” Lincoln Portrait, Stars and Stripes Forever, and more will be performed during the concert. The concert is expected to run a little more than an hour.

While the St. Louis Symphony has a history of working with both military bands, this will be the first joint performance. About 2,000 veterans, active service members, elected officials, and St. Louisans are expected to attend this free concert. The concert is presented by Commerce Bank.

Joining Forces on Stage at Powell Hall

May 17, 2017, 7:00pm

Kevin McBeth, conductor

Lt. Col. Michael Willen, conductor

Lt. Wilson Wise, conductor

WO1 Benjamin McMillan, conductor

St. Louis Symphony winds, brass, and percussion

399th Army Band

United States Air Force Band of Mid-America

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Via Press Release


About the St. Louis Symphony                                                                     

Founded in 1880 and now in its 137th season, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. Under the leadership of Music Director David Robertson, currently in his 12th season, the St. Louis Symphony strives for artistic excellence, educational impact and community connection while meeting its mission statement: enriching people’s lives through the power of music. The Symphony presents a full season of classical programs and Live at Powell Hall concerts and hundreds of free education and community programs each year. Media partners include St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7 –KWMU, which broadcasts the Symphony’s Saturday night subscription concerts live + The Nine Network, which regularly features St. Louis Symphony performances on its Night at the Symphony program. In addition, the St. Louis Symphony is known for its Grammy Award-winning recordings, Carnegie Hall appearances, national and international tours, innovative programming and extensive community engagement initiatives.

History of the 399th Army Band

With 60 years of continuous service at its home of Fort Leonard Wood, the 399th Army Band has been on post longer than any other unit. The band was first activated on 1 June 1944 as the 399 Army Service Forces Band in Naples, Italy. Originally assigned 27 enlisted Soldiers and no officers, this band performed at concerts, parades, dances and ceremonies throughout Italy. The unit earned battle credit for participation in the ROME-ARNO Campaign in 1944. After a short time in Italy, the 399 ASF Band moved to France in November 1944. A second battle participation credit was awarded for the Central Europe Campaign, 25 June 1945. The band migrated again to Bremen, Germany. Bob Hope’s USO Show was one of the band’s major venues during its time in Germany. The “Rough Riders,” their popular dance orchestra, performed almost nightly. A third battle participation credit was awarded to the unit on 12 December 1945 for the Rhineland Campaign. On 5 September 1946, the band officially accepted its current name, the 399th Army Band. The 399th Army Band ended its tour of Europe when it was inactivated on 20 January 1947. On 7 March 1955, it was reactivated in the Regular Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where the unit resides today. Today, the band regularly performs for graduations, Change of Command ceremonies, retirement ceremonies, holiday celebrations, parades and sporting events on post, as well as community events, concerts, and occasional charitable benefits in the surrounding communities. The 399th Army Band is able to provide a wide variety of assets, including concert band, ceremonial and marching band, brass band, rock band, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, and ceremonial bugler.  Service Through Song!

About the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America

The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America represents the professionalism and excellence found every day throughout the Air Force. The band’s repertoire ranges from symphonic band masterworks and modern compositions, to traditional marches, jazz favorites and popular music.  The band is often called upon to provide musical support for visiting dignitaries, and has had the distinction of performing for Pope John Paul II, Presidents George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter, the Queen of the Netherlands, and hundreds of other US and foreign leaders.  Whether performing for heads of state, local communities in our ten-state touring area, or troops at home and abroad, the Band of Mid-America reflects the heritage and pride of our great nation and the United States Air Force.