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Arts & Entertainment National Guard band to perform Feb. 16 at WCU

CULLOWHEE – The 440th Army Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.

The concert is free, with tickets available at the FAPAC box office on a first-come, first-served basis leading up to the show and on the night of the performance. Tickets are limited to four per person, and the performance is recommended for the entire family.

The program will include patriotic-themed and pop selections, said Paul Lormand, FAPAC director. Bob Buckner, director of the WCU Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, will guest conduct.

The 440th Army Band has served as North Carolina’s National Guard Band under several designations since the early 1900s. It performs for soldiers and their families and for the residents of North Carolina at ceremonies, public concerts, parades and other events across the state. The band has 43 citizen-soldier members and is commanded by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brent M. Harvey, who in civilian life is a music professor at Winston-Salem State University and Pfeiffer University.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the band has performed more than 400 ceremonies for deploying and returning North Carolina National Guardsmen and their families, two concert tours in the Virgin Islands and tours of Guatemala, Morocco, Costa Rica and Italy. It has earned awards including outstanding North Carolina National Guard unit and outstanding United States Army unit.

For tickets, visit the FAPAC box office, open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 828-227-2479 or go online to www.wcu.edu/fapac.


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