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Celebrating the 4th of July With a Big Dose of Army Strong

July 10, 2011 | Colonel Thomas Palmatier

The U.S. Army Field Band, the Musical Ambassadors of the Army, were in Boston to celebrate our Nation's 235th birthday.

A group of men from the Soldiers' Chorus spent the afternoon with over 38,000 in attendance at famed Fenway Park. 

They started the festivities off with a terrific rendition of the National Anthem.  Listen to them and see the gigantic flag by clicking here

And then SSG Betsy Garcia led the crowd in the singiing of "God Bless America."

That evening with a live audience of 800,000, SSG Tracy Labrecque, with the Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus and the Boston Pops Orchestra sang a spectacular version of the National Anthem arranged by MSG Vince Norman for this occasion.  Check it out on Youtube.

The Soldiers of the Concert Band looked and sounded terrific.

This was the end of the "1812 Overture."

As the concert draws to a close (on CBS), the fireworks began.

The Soldiers of The U.S. Army Field Band performed for well over a million Americans (and many millions on TV) in just a two day period as they lead America's celebration of our birthday.  Find lots more pictures on Flickr by clicking here.

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