208th U.S. Army Band to Perform Christmas Concert at Festival Park
The 208th United States Army Band will perform a free Christmas concert on Saturday, December 2, in the Film Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, beginning at 6pm.
The event is free and open to the public.
The 208th Army Band is a United States Army Reserve Band stationed in Concord, North Carolina, comprised of approximately 40 citizen warrior musicians. The band is currently under the direction of its new Commander, Chief Warrant Officer Two Robert H. Slade. It is a separate unit under the 81st Regional Support Command.
The band’s primary mission is to promote the esprit de corps of our fighting forces and act as musical goodwill ambassadors for the Army throughout the entire Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. They perform a variety of music from traditional concert music, jazz, rock, marches, patriotic selections and holiday.
The band has performed concerts and parades at Walt Disney World, the Coca-Cola 600, Carolina Panther’s games, Myrtle Beach, Washington, D.C., and various Veteran’s Day and Independence Day parades and concerts. However, the band’s most important and vital service continues to be providing morale support, performing in ceremonies for soldiers being deployed to combat and returning home and honoring fallen veterans in the form of Taps for military funerals and memorial services.
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