Cameron University Concert Band and 77th Army Band unite for free concert

The Cameron University Concert Band and Fort Sill's 77th Army Band will present a combined concert on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. The concert will feature a combination of American military band classics and other popular concert pieces. Admission is free.

The Cameron University Concert Band is conducted by Dr. Claudio Re, and the 77th Army Band is conducted by Warrant Officer 1st Class Bridgette Brenmark.

“I had the pleasure to work with Chief Brenmark just a few weeks ago when we hosted three high school bands at a Cameron band clinic,” Re says. “Her artistry had a significant impact on those student musicians.”

Brenmark, now in her second year as the Commander of the 77th Army Band, says, “For more than 40 years, the Cameron University Concert Band and the 77th Army Band have collaborated to present a spring concert to the public. We are happy to be working together again on this year’s venture, which will explore aspect of nature from elements to animals thought music.”

The concert will feature military favorites including “The Army Goes Rolling Along”, “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Armed Forces on Parade.”

Re indicated that a highlight of the program will be “Elements” by Brian Balmages.

“Each of the four movements of this petite symphony depict one of the elements - air, water, earth and fire,” he explains. “This piece, with its stylistic variety, provides good teaching material for students.”

The concert will also include an all-time crowd pleaser, Johann Strauss Jr.’s overture from  the mid 19th-Century opera “Die Fledermaus.” Brenmark chose this selection for its mixture of drama and light character.

Known as “The Pride of Fort Sill,” the 77th Army Band was constituted on March 1, 1907 as the 13th Band, Coast Artillery and activated at Fort Du Pont, Delaware. After World War I, it was reorganized and re-designated as the Band Section, Headquarters Battery, 16th Coast Artillery at Fort Armstrong, Territory of Hawaii. On 1927, it was withdrawn from Headquarters Battery and re-designated as the Band, 16th Coast Artillery. For the next 30 or so years, it was reorganized, re-designated, inactivated and re-activated on numerous occasions. On February 24, 1955, the 77th Army Band was activated at Fort Sill, where it has found what seems to be a permanent home. The 77th Army Band is known nationwide and has performed at numerous special events across the country.

The Cameron University Concert Band, composed of Cameron students, performs at numerous events throughout the academic year. The ensemble is open to music majors, minors and non-music students.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts at 580-581-2346.

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April 18, 2018