Sergeant First Class Carmen Russo, plays the trombone during “To Fight with a Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov during the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus In Concert performance at the Heckart Performing Arts Center at Smith-Cotton High School, Monday night.
Staff Sergeant Derek Stults, a first year member of the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus warms up backstage prior to the groups performance. Stults said he was the newest member of the group but had been playing piano and percussion since he was an elementary student. Stults said he was also a singer.
Staff Sergeant Troy Paolantonio, plays the flute during the the Army Field Band’s second performance of the night, “Yankee Doodle,” Thursday evening at the Heckart Performing Arts Center.
A member of the basson section plays, during the Patriotic Prologue at the United States Army Field Band In Concert performance Thursday night.
Staff Sergeant Teresa Alzadon, soprano, sings “Ain’t It a pretty Night” from “Susannah” as a member of the Soldiers’ Chorus. The group participates in 120 concerts a year. They completed three days of performances in Kansas City prior to the Thursday night concert in Sedalia.
One of six French horn players warms up prior to the beginning of the United States Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus at the Heckart Center for the Performing Arts at Smith-Cotton High School Thursday evening.
The United States Army Field Band comprised of 65 members performs Thursday night at the Heckart Center for the Performing Arts at Smith-Cotton High School. A 28 member mixed choir also travels with the group. The free concert was sponsored by the Sedalia Democrat.
During a lighthearted moment in the “To with Fight of a Bumblee” Sgt. First Class Carmen Russo looks as if he is about to cry after realizing his trombone had been switched for a third time to a much smaller version.
Staff Sergeant G Jeremy Klenke, clarinet and SSG Darren Lael, piano share a moment talking prior to taking the stage Thursday night. The concert Thursday night was day 27 in a 37-day tour for the group.
Sergeant First Class Brian Spurgeon practices on a drum pad backstage at the Heckart Center for the performing Arts Thursday night at Smith-Cotton. Spurgeon who has been with the group for 13 years said he remembered the last performance of the band in Sedalia in 2006. At that concert the members performed at the auditorium at what was then Smith-Cotton High School.