Army Band concert Thursday
The 246th Army Band, South Carolina Army National Guard, will present a free concert on Thursday evening, June 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free and will be held at the BB&T Amphitheater at the FMU Performing Arts Center. The 246th Army Band has been part of the Army Bands since the early 1940s and has a long history of performing throughout South Carolina, neighboring states, and overseas.
The band is headquartered at McIntire Joint Base near Eastover. The band plays a variety of music, to include jazz, country, and rock. Since they will be performing the Thursday before July the Fourth, patriotic music will be a significant part of the program. “We are excited about performing in Florence on June 30.
We have a wonderful show that we have put together that will feature a few of our versatile Musical Performance Teams,” said CW3 Jessie Morlan, Commander 246 Army Band. “For the Florence concert we have a Jazz Combo, Jazz Big Band, Pop Band, Augmented Ceremonial Band and A Dixieland Group that will be performing popular and patriotic music for the crowd.
“We are bringing a program that will cover a wide variety of genres that will include familiar tunes from the marches of the early 20th Century to the popular melodies being played on our current radio stations. The group we are bringing will consist of about 30 members,” he added. The Mission of Army Bands is to “provide music throughout the spectrum of military operations to instill in our soldiers the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad.” Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair since seating is limited. Refreshments will be sold.