Eight university students will accompany soldier-musicians at free, public concert
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The U. S. Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus, known as the Musical Ambassadors of the Army, will perform Sunday, March 16, at Lincoln’s Manuel Rivero Hall Gymnasium at 5 p.m.
The free, public concert marks this year’s third Lincoln-sponsored musical arts event featuring nationally-recognized talent for the student body and community-at-large. The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia performed on both Nov. 12 and Feb. 11, a university news release said.
“Education through the arts has proven to be an invaluable tool in enriching the lives of people of all ages and demographics,” said Dr. Robert R. Jennings, the university president. “To host the men and women musicians of our nation’s Armed Forces in this the 160th year of the Lincoln University is a most gracious honor.”
The U.S. Army Field Band includes four performing components: the Concert Band, the Soldiers’ Chorus, the Jazz Ambassadors, and the Volunteers. Each tours the U.S. approximately 100 days per year, appearing before live audiences of over 2 million people and broadcast to over 2 billion, as directed by the secretary of the Army, the release said.
The soldier-musicians tailor their concerts to audience venues as diverse as veterans’ homes, hospitals, schools and sporting arenas. Recent performances include Summerfest, Country USA, the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, and the Army All-American Bowl, which they support annually, the release said.
On Sunday, eight students from the Lincoln University Concert Band will accompany the Army performers.
“Love is the language of the heart, and music is its lesson plan,” said Director of Bands Dr. H. Wade Johnson. “We’re delighted that the Lincoln University students will be exposed to and perform with the musical ambassadors of the United States Armed Forces.”