Armed Forces Day salutes military members

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Sterling Poulson
The Choral Arts Society of Utah will join forces with the Utah National Guard's 23rd Army Band for a rousing salute to the men and women in uniform May 15.

A concert will be held at the Murray Park Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. The concert will feature military marches, including the Stars & Stripes Forever, and a fireworks display.

The 23rd Army Band Rock Band will also be featured in a medley of tunes saluting our American heroes. Speakers will include Mayor Dan Snarr of Murray City, and Major General Brian L. Tarbet, The Adjutant General, Utah National Guard.

The 23rd Army Band has a rich and wonderful history as an internationally renowned military band of the highest caliber. Organized in 1924 to provide music for military ceremonies, the band performed twice at the prestigious Worldwide Bandmasters Conference in Norfolk, VA., and was invited by the Mayor of St. Petersburg, Russia, and the U.S. State Department to perform a series of joint concerts with the Leningrad District Army Band during the summer of 1992. In 2004, the band traveled to Germany to welcome home soldiers from the Middle East and to support the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus, in addition to welcoming home troops here in Utah.