Article Submitted: Patricia Terry Vansant/Executive Director Frankfort Arts Foundation
“As we all know, music will touch the emotional heartstrings of nearly all who listen. Music has a way of sharing the emotions of soldiers and their families. The 202nd Army Band strives to provide a musical experience representative of the emotions of soldiers and their families,” Chief Warrant Officer (4) Greg Stepp, commander and conductor of the 202nd Army Band, said.
The Frankfort Arts Foundation is presenting “A Veterans Day Celebration” a concert by the award-winning 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard and the Capital City Chorale on Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m. at Kentucky State University’s Bradford Hall.
“The 202nd Army Band is excited to be able to perform as part of the Frankfort Arts Foundation Concert Series. We generally perform in the support of military ceremonies in the Frankfort area, our home station, and welcome the opportunity to play for the general public for the Veterans Day Celebration,” Stepp said.
“We, in the Frankfort Arts Foundation, are proud to present this patriotic musical tribute for the community. The harmony achieved by the voices of Capital City Chorale performing with the instruments of 202nd Army Band will be extraordinary,” said Betty M. Gibson, FAF acting president.
This is a free concert for the community. Citizens, veterans and students are encouraged to attend, share stories and enjoy fellowship with others.
The Frankfort Arts Foundation works in partnership with Frankfort’s VFW Post 4075, VFW Post 9235, and American Legion Post 7.
For additional information, contact the foundation at 502-330-2773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 202nd Army Band is a part of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 751st Troop Command based at Fort Knox.
“We have a lot of history in the 202nd Army Band and our Sunday, Nov. 8th concert is an opportunity to celebrate that story,” said 1st Sgt. Tim Wallace, senior enlisted NCO, who is also known for his work with the Kentucky Historical Society and the KHS Foundation.
Members of the 202nd Army Band include teachers, computer specialists, college professors, professional musicians and full-time college students from around the state.
Performers have released solo albums and have played with well-known groups such as the Crossgate Woodwind Ensemble.
“We have 33 exemplary musicians serving in the 202nd Band. We are actively recruiting now and looking for trombonists, euphonium, French horn, oboe and keyboard performers. It’s a great opportunity for a young person to serve his or her country, get world class training and have college costs covered,” Wallace said.
The Capital City Chorale, Frankfort’s premier community singing ensemble, is a group that has been in existence for over 50 years and has provided central Kentuckians with an opportunity to lift up their voices in song.
The group currently consists of 25 members that hail from several counties, including Franklin, Scott, Shelby and Anderson. The chorale is led by Dr. Phyllis Vincent and accompanied by Gary Johnson.
The purpose of the Capital City Chorale is to provide an organization for those who wish to perform in a choir and to encourage the musical education of its members and the surrounding community. The group strives to perform musical works that engage and stretch the members of the ensemble, but also engage the audience.
The musical group has sung for many gubernatorial activities, civic and community organizations, and high school Baccalaureate ceremonies.