Friday, June 26, 2009

Free July 3 Concert at Zimmerli Amphitheater

246th Army Band Plays Free July 3 Concert at Zimmerli Amphitheater

Spartanburg, SC – The City of Spartanburg is proud to present to the Spartanburg community the 246 Army Band, South Carolina Army National Guard, in a free outdoor concert. The concert will be held at 7 pm on Friday, July 3 at Barnet Park’s Zimmerli Amphitheater. The Army Band will play patriotic music as part of their concert tour leading up to Independence Day.

The 246th Army Band was organized and federally recognized on October 12, 1939 and has served under numerous commands including General George S. Patton during World War II. The band has performed throughout the world and in 2003, was honored to perform at the funeral for Senator Strom Thurmond.

Commanded by Chief Warrant Officer Jessie Morlan, the band is comprised of thirty-seven members who, in addition to concert and ceremonial duties, are assigned for four musical support teams – Ceremonial Band, Pop-Music Band, Jazz Combo, and the Brass Quintet.

The members of the band meet one weekend per month and two weeks every year training for their wartime mission. That mission is to provide music to enhance unit cohesion and Soldier morale; assist in civil, military, coalition and recruiting operations; and to promote national and international community relations.

For further information about the 246th Army Band, please visit their website at

Picnic Baskets, lawn chairs, and blankets are welcomed at this free Barnet Park event. No pets allowed in the park. For more information, call 596-3105.

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