257th Army Band coming to Polk County High School July 11

Published 5:08 pm Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The concert starts at 7 p.m. This year the commander, Chief Warrant Officer Sheila M. Klotz, has assembled a program designed for all ages. Selections include patriotic fare, show tunes, instrumental soloists and a few standard vocal selections.&bsp; Featured soloists are saxophonist Sergeant First Class Sheila Nevius, highlighting a collection of popular Gershwin tunes, and vocalist Sergeant Vicki Golding, a recent Military Idol winner.

A special invitation is extended to area veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces. The 257th Army Band says, &dquo;We always pay special tribute to the dedication and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.&dquo;

For more information on the band and its performances, visit the group&39;s website: www.257ArmyBand.com

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&dquo;The Band of the Nation&squo;s Capital&dquo; operates under the command of Chief Warrant Officer Sheila M. Klotz. The commander studied percussion at West Virginia University, served in the U.S. Air Force Band as a percussionist and is an active freelance musician and adjudicator throughout the region.&bsp;

The band boasts a proud lineage going back to the legendary Corcoran Cadets of 1883, the D.C. militia that inspired John Philip Sousa to compose his march of the same name. Through a series of mergers, the ensemble provides musical support for the District of Columbia National Guard and proudly represents the guard and the federal city throughout the world.&bsp;

Noteworthy performances include musical support for the inauguration of President Obama, burial of the Unknown Soldier in 1921, the state funerals of Presidents Harding and Kennedy, overseas deployments to Greece and Panama, consecutive appearances at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Kentucky and concert tours throughout New England, Texas and the Mid-Atlantic.

Although centrally located among the finest military bands in the world, The 257th Army Band is the only organization officially recognized as &dquo;The Band of the Nation&squo;s Capital.&dquo;&bsp;