N-T brings Army Volunteers rockers to town

Courtesy photo The Volunteers of the U.S. Army Field Band will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 3 at the Clark Bandstand, Tappan Square, Oberlin.

We want you to be ready to rock the park when the Volunteers of the U.S. Army Field Band visits Oberlin at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 3.

From patriotic vocal pieces to 70s anthems to screaming metal guitars, the six-member Volunteers corps will use music to tell the Army story with a free concert at the Clark Bandstand on Tappan Square.

The Oberlin News-Tribune is sponsoring the event for the public with help of sponsors, including the Oberlin Business Partnership, Oberlin IGA, Oberlin UPS, Oberlin Cable Co-op, and WOBL and WDLW.

“We discovered the group was available for a concert in our area and we knew the July 3 date was open for the Friday concert series presented by the Oberlin Business Partnership,” said News-Tribune publisher Tom Hutson. “We’ve been looking for an event to give to readers in our community who have been so good to us and jumped at the chance to bring the Volunteers.”

The U.S. Army Field Band has been playing to audiences of all ages for more than six decades.

Since its inception in 1981, the Volunteers has performed for millions of listeners in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, and Iraq.

The soldier-musicians tailor their concerts to their audiences. They are as comfortable in veterans homes, hospitals, and student events as they are rocking out huge arenas for screaming fans.

Recent performances at Summerfest, Country USA, and the AAA 400 at the Dover International Speedway electrified those in attendance, while their annual support of the Army All-American Marching Band gives them the opportunity to work with high school musicians.

The Volunteers tour more than 100 days each year, bringing a powerful message of patriotism and support to communities large and small.

Its members are passionate about representing their fellow soldiers through music.

There is no alternate location in the event of rain.