The Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus — the oldest and largest of the Army Field Band’s performing components — is coming to Danville for a free musical celebration on Veterans Day.

Landing the touring group for a patriotic performance on such a holiday was part a juggling of schedules and part pure luck.

“We got lucky — they called wanting to come on Tuesday the 12th,” said Charles Ellis, conductor emeritus with the Danville Symphony Orchestra, the group organization the visit.

Ellis told Army Field Band organizers a Tuesday wasn’t a good fit, since it’s rehearsal night for the Danville Symphony Orchestra, especially with two upcoming back-to-back Christmas programs.

So, Ellis asked if Veterans Day was available. About two hours later he received a call that yes, indeed, Veterans Day would work.

The Danville Symphony Orchestra was involved with bringing the same show to Danville about a decade ago. The Jazz Ambassadors, another offshoot of the Army Field Band, visited the River City about five years ago for a concert.

However, Ellis was quick to point out that none of the programs would be possible if not for sponsors including city organizations, the media and businesses.

Founded in 1946 and 1957 respectively, the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus join forces on national tours, according to a news release. They have performed in front of millions in all 50 states and 30 countries.

“The 60-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities,” the release stated.

Performances range from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics,and Broadway musicals.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at George Washington High School auditorium. Free tickets can be obtained by sending a postage paid self-addressed envelope and a note of how many tickets are desired (maximum four per request) to: Tickets, Danville Symphony Orchestra, P. O. Box 11491, Danville, VA 24541.

Attendees must have a ticket and be seated by 7:15 p.m., at 7:20 p.m. any person in the lobby will be seated in any unoccupied seats.

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