Stokes County, North Carolina loves nothing better than to show off its support for the Armed Forces of the United States and will do so once again on July 5 as it hosts the 440th Army Band for a 7pm performance at the King Central Park Amphitheatre, 302 Kirby Road in King. The free performance is supported by the Stokes County Arts Council, King American Legion Post 290, and City of 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 100 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 5, 2017 concert will consist of performances by the Concert Band and Chorus, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Woodwind Quintet, Tuba Quartet, and Rock Band.
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 $20 each.
The concert is Free to the public. For additional information, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336 593-8159.
Eddy McGee, Stokes County Arts Council