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Posted on: June 29, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Idaho Army National Guard 25th Army Band to Perform on July 3 at Freeman Park

AltTextThe Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department is proud to present a concert in recognition of Independence Day and Idaho’s veterans on July 3, 2017. A detachment from the 25th Army Band will entertain guests at 7 p.m. at the Freeman Park band shelter, 1290 Science Center Drive in Idaho Falls. The concert is free and open to the public.

 The woodwind and brass detachment consists of two musical performance teams – “MAYDAY” and “ALL BRASS, NO AMMO.” The teams perform concerts throughout Idaho each year and are under the supervision of Sergeants First Class Jeremy Otstot and Richard Eisele.

The band performs multiple styles of music including the traditional marching band, 1940’s era big band, small combo jazz standards, as well as today’s popular music. The detachment will be performing a family-friendly mix of music to include patriotic marches and today’s hits.

“We are honored to host Idaho’s 25th Army Band in Idaho Falls,” says Parks & Recreation Director, Greg A. Weitzel. “This free concert is a wonderful addition to the Independence Day festivities that honor those who serve and protect our freedoms.”

The 25th Army Band was originally formed in Caldwell, Idaho in the fall of 1925 and is currently under the command of Chief Warrant Officer (CW4) Kevin Durfee and First Sergeant Mike Simon.

The band, stationed at Gowen Field in Boise, is in its 92nd year serving the Army National Guard. Members of the band are from Idaho, Oregon and Washington and vary in civilian occupations from a college student, to a schoolteacher, to engineer and more.

Tours for the unit have included military installations throughout the United States, and in past years have included trips overseas for performances at American Embassies in France and Costa Rica.

The focus of the 25th Army Band’s 2017 tour is Eastern Idaho. Click HERE to see a schedule of events and more information.  ###

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