Friday, September 29, 2000

'Pershing's Own' kicks off Fall Concert, Recital Series

The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" kicks off this year's Fall Concert and Recital Series with a bang. The Army Brass Tentet hopes you will join them for an energetic and widely varied program to be performed this Sunday at 3 p.m.

Now under the baton of Staff Sgt. Michael Forbes, the Tentet is taking its masterful sonorous sound to new heights. The Army Brass Tentet is beginning to have a regular presence in the Military District of Washington, where its duties have ranged from performing patriotic openers for dignitaries such as Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki and Phil Rizzuto to providing ceremonial music for change of command ceremonies.

Aside from their patriotic and military duties, however, the ensemble especially looks forward to its regular concerts on The U.S. Army Band's Recital Series, where its members get to stretch their musical legs while they strut their technical virtuosity.

This upcoming concert is one that will certainly not disappoint.

As The U.S. Army Band is busy preparing for its Tattoo in Brisbane, Australia, the Tentet members have put in a little extra time in order to bring you a farewell concert, just five days before they depart for the land down under.

The program will certainly delight all of your musical senses as it provides music from 16th century France through Baroque and Romantic eras as well as some 20th century impressionism with a little "Jealousy" from Danish violinist and composer, Jacob Gade. Perhaps the most unique aspect of the program involves the plethora of miniature movements. For example, the first half of the concert involves just three works written prior to 1750, yet those works encompass 20 movements lasting between 30 seconds and two minutes each. Who says attention spans have grown shorter? The program will conclude with American dixieland jazz "Dirty Dozen Style."

Staff Sgt. Leesa Nimitz will offer an evening of clarinet music on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. The mainly 20th Century recital will include Leonard Bernstein's "Sonata for Clarinet and Piano," "Preludes for Piano" by George Gershwin and Francis Poulenc's "Sonata for Clarinet." Representing the Romantic era, Nimitz will also perform Franz Schubert's "Sonata in A minor." Nimitz will be assisted by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Voth on guitar and Karen Hollicker on piano.

On Thursday The U.S. Army Brass Quintet and The U.S. Army Band's Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Major John C. Clanton, will present a joint concert. Nimitz will be featured with the wind ensemble on clarinet performing "Intrigues" by Andreas Makris. The wind ensemble will also perform Dmitri Kabaslevsky's Suite "The Comedians."

All performances are in Brucker Hall, home of The United States Army Band on historic Fort Myer and are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Fall Concert and Recital Series, call (703) 696-3399 or visit the band's Web site at