Readers’ corner March 14, 2007
Does this sound like a great time or what? The California Army National Guard’s 59th Army Band is coming to Grass Valley on Sunday for a free concert to benefit the USO.
Retired military guys Joe Blaz and Frank Stanovich came to The Union to tell me about this event, which they said will be just like the “good old days” with a 1940s theme and feel. This includes 10-cent refreshments.
The 59th Army Band is called the “Governor’s Own” because it has played at every governor’s inauguration since 1928. It is also the only Army band to perform for Queen Elizabeth during her visit to California in 1984. This band also boasts being the only National Guard Band to be on nationally produced recordings of Army bands.
There are 45 members in the band and their performance will be divided into two parts. The first part will be traditional service songs, including marching and patriotic themes, then an intermission. The second part will be swing music, kind of a ’40s “Big Band” feel that encourages dancing.
The concert will be at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Hall (255 South Auburn St.) and doors open at 1 p.m. this Sunday, March 18. The concert will be from 2 to 4 p.m.
Although the event is free, it is a benefit for the USO, so donations will be graciously accepted. If you can donate money, soda or coffee before the event, Joe and Frank will come to your home to pick it up!
And if you would like to donate baked goods for Sunday (cookies, cakes, dessert items), please call Penny Johnson of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary at 265-5623.
For those of you who don’t know, USO stands for United Services Organization. It came about in the early 1940s to greet troops who were either leaving for war or coming back. This concert will support the USO Benefit Fund.
In a time when our country is at war, helping out the USO and hearing a rousing band perform favorites sounds like a positive way to spend a couple hours on Sunday afternoon.
By the way, Joe and Frank said no military band has performed here since the 1960s. Let’s show them we care!
Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax at 477-4292.
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