The 440th Army Band ~ Independence Day Celebration
The 440th Army Band will offer a free concert for an Independence Day Celebration at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on Tuesday, July 1st at 7pm. The concert is free and open to the public and NO tickets will be taken up at the show.
The 440th Army Band will offer a free concert at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium, located on the main campus of Johnston Community College on Tuesday, July 1st at 7pm in honor of the upcoming Independence Day celebrations. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Performing Arts.
The 440th Army Band has served as the State’s National Guard Band under several designations since the early 1900’s. The Band was activated in World War II as the 30th Infantry Division Band along with the rest of the North Carolina National Guard as the “Old Hickory Division.” The Band served with distinction landing on the beach at Normandy and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge for which the band carries honors awarded by France and Belgium.
The Band was re-designated the 440th Army Band in 1973. The Band performs for troops and their families and for the citizens of North Carolina at ceremonies, public concerts, and parades. As the 440th Army Band, the Band has performed two concert tours in the Virgin Islands, and toured Guatemala, Morocco, Costa Rica, and Italy. Since September 11, 2001 the Band has performed over 500 ceremonies for deploying and returning North Carolina National Guardsmen and their families.
The 440th Army Band is comprised of citizen soldiers who in civilian life are college students, educators, business men and women, and professional people. The Band has earned numerous awards including Outstanding North Carolina National Guard unit and has earned the Eisenhower trophy three times as an outstanding Army unit.
The 440th currently has 34 members and is commanded by Chief Warrant Officer/CW2 Brent M. Harvey who in civilian life is a Professor of Music at Winston-Salem State University.
The Mission of Army Bands has changed over the past decade. The need for smaller units with flexibility and variety in use developed a modular structure within Army Bands. Although our Concert Band still performs, the majority of our missions are supported with Music Performance Teams. (MPTs) The following MPTs will perform:
Concert Band: All members participate in the Concert Band. A typical “pops” concert by the Concert Band is usually an hour in length and consists of military marches, contemporary music, classical or traditional music, and patriotic music. Hosts include small towns, large towns, battlefields or memorials such as the Battleship North Carolina, and special festivals or celebrations. Examples of recent hosts from our recent annual statewide summer concert tour include: Wilmington 4th of July event, Blowing Rock Park, Stokes County Park Amphitheatre, Tryon Palace, Odell Williams Auditorium in Supply, Festival Park Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC and numerous VA Hospitals throughout the State. The 440th also back fills for deployed Active Duty Bands most recently for the 10th Mountain Division Band at Fort Drum, NY in 2006.
Jazz Patriots: This 18-piece “stage” band plays jazz and “big band” music ranging from the Glenn Miller/Benny Goodman era to modern charts. The Jazz Patriots are capable of playing a stand-alone concert but typically play following the Concert Band for a combined hour and one-half to two hour concert. Some of the Jazz Patriots most notable performances were for the Inauguration celebration for Governor Beverly Perdue, The UNC Jazz Festival in 2010.
Vanguard: The Vanguard is a five-piece Pop and Rock combo that plays a wide selection of music from old-time rock and roll to country hits and current pop and rock. The mission is to appeal to as many people as possible while representing the 440th Army Band and the Army National Guard. They do stand-alone concerts for festivals and special celebrations to playing concerts with the Concert Band and Jazz Patriots for troops and their families. Each member brings a different style all their own while coming together to create a unified sound. Although the job is fun and enjoyable each member considers it an honor to represent the Army, the men and women of the NC National Guard, and the citizens of the state and nation.
Questions concerning the 440th Army Band Independence Day celebration concert should be directed to the Box Office at 919-209-2099 or www.jccperformingarts.com
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at 7:00 PM