American soldiers have the utmost respect for our flag and country. They have put their lives on the line and sacrificed so much in service to our great country, America.
That level of commitment is heard as The United States Army Field Band Brass Quintet performs the United States’ national anthem, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ The group is a select five musicians who represent the quintet.
The performance features Trumpet: Sgt. Maj. Ginger Turner and Sgt. 1st Class Ward Yager, Trombone: Master Sgt. Aaron Kadrmas, French Horn: Master Sgt. Bob Cherry, Tuba: Staff Sgt. Scott Devereaux. All of these soldiers do an excellent job delivering a perfect performance of the anthem.
The National Anthem lyrics come from the poem, ‘Defence of Fort M’Henry,’ written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key. He was inspired by the large flag waving above the fort as it was attacked by British ships in Baltimore Harbor. It was the War of 1812 that spawned our nation’s most famous song.
Some of the most notable solo performances of the song include Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, and Billy Joel. The song was established as America’s anthem in 1931 by Congress. ‘America the Beautiful’ and ‘My Country tis of Thee’ were also used before 1931 to honor the nation.
The United States Army Field Band tours worldwide out of Washington D.C., playing over 400 concerts a year. The band is stationed at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. The band leads the Presidential Inaugural Parade every four years.
The band was established in 1946 to promote better relations with the American public. The members pass a rigorous audition to be considered for membership. The group comprises the Concert band, Soldier’s Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors, and Six-String Soldiers. The brass quintet shines in this performance that honors our country!