Stokes County will once again host an Independence Day military band performance on Saturday, July 4, beginning at 7 p.m., as the Stokes County Arts Council, City of King, King American Legion Post 290, Linda Lane Realty, and Cannon Wealth Management Services welcome the 440th Army Band to the King Central Park Amphitheatre, 302 Kirby Road in King.
The 440th Army Band has served as the State’s National Guard Band under several designations since the early 1900’s. The Band was activated in World War II as the 30th Infantry Division Band along with the rest of the North Carolina 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. The Band performs for troops and their families and for the citizens of North Carolina at ceremonies, public concerts, and parades. As the 440th Army Band, the Band has performed two concert tours in the Virgin Islands, and toured Guatemala, Morocco, Costa Rica, and Italy. Since September 11, 2001, the Band has performed over 90 ceremonies for deploying and returning North Carolina National Guardsmen and their families.
The Band is comprised of citizen soldiers who in civilian life are college students, educators, business men and women, and professional people. The Band has earned numerous awards including Outstanding North Carolina National Guard Unit. The Band has earned the Eisenhower trophy three times as an outstanding Army Unit.
The July 4, concert will consist of performances by the Concert Band, which performs military marches, contemporary, classical, traditional, and patriotic music, the Jazz Patriots, which play jazz and big band music by Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, and the Minutemen, which performs a variety of rock and roll, beach, and country.
Concessions will be available for purchase by the Stokes County Arts Council, and the organization will also be selling its Stokes Veterans Memorial print “All Gave Some, Some Gave All” by Artist Frank Duncan for the special price of $25 each. The City of King will also present a fireworks display beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m. from King Recreation Acres, which can be viewed from King Central Park and at other locations throughout the city.
The concert is free to the public. For additional information, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336 593-8159.