Tryon Palace brings free music to the South Lawn, this month featuring the 440th Army Band. The Army Band promises to deliver a “pops” concert filled with military marches, contemporary music, classical and patriotic tunes, all just in time for your Fourth of July Celebrations. Join the band on the South Lawn at 7pm on Thursday, July 3, 2014.
The 440th Army Band has served as the state’s National Guard Band under several designations since the early 1900s. The band was activated in World War II as the 30th Infantry Division Band along with the rest of the NC National Guard as the “Old Hickory Division.” The band served with distinction landing on the beach at Normandy and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, for which the band carries honors awarded by France and Belgium. The band was re-designated the 440th Army Band in 1973 and currently performs for troops and their families, and for the citizens of North Carolina at ceremonies, public concerts and parades. The 440th Army Band is comprised of citizen soldiers, who in civilian life are college students, educators, businessmen and women and professional people. The 440th currently has 34 members and is now commanded by Chief Warrant Officer/CW2 Linda R. Horton. CW2 Horton is the first female and African American commander of the 440th Army Band. In her civilian life, she is supervisor for the NC National Guard’s Human Resource Office.
Tryon Palace recommends bringing chairs and blankets for this outdoor event, but leave pets and alcoholic beverages at home. For more information, visit www.tryonpalace.org.