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Contact: Shera Cohen, (413) 271-3982
SPRINGFIELD, MA: The U.S. 94th Army Rock Band will perform a free public concert featuring Top 10 Chart Busters from the last three decades. The event is scheduled on Saturday, March 24th from 7:30pm - 9:00pm. Hosted by Springfield Armory National Historic Site, the concert will take place in the Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) Theatre, Building 2 (Scibelli Hall). The college is located at the corner of State and Federal streets in Springfield.
The six-piece band will play music covers from the era of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, U2, and many others in the 90-minute program.
Each musician of the 94th Division Band is professionally trained with a specialty for "rockin' the house." The band is a unit of the Army Reserve assigned to the eastern United States. The 94th, or "The Pilgrim Division," was formed during World War I and participated in the Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe campaigns of World War II. Its band was created in 1943. The bands of the U.S. Army are among the oldest in all of the military branches, and have toured throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, and the Far East.
"The Army Rock Band had been scheduled as an outdoor performance in August," notes Joanne Gangi-Wellman, Supervisory Park Ranger. "However, due to the visit of Hurricane Irene on the planned date, the concert was moved to March, 2012. We are pleased to have the opportunity to host this excellent band again."
Additional assistance in producing this concert comes from STCC and In the Spotlight. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The corporate sponsor is Webster Bank.
The STCC theatre is wheelchair accessible. There is ample free parking on site. There is no snow date, and in the case of inclement weather the public is advised to call Springfield Armory NHS.
Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates and preserves the site of the nation's first armory, established in 1794. As a unit of the National Park Service, the Visitor Center, Museum, buildings and grounds are open daily, 9am-5pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Admission is free. For information call 413-734-8551 or check the website at www.nps.gov/spar.