Military band will present ‘A Salute to Veterans'

| 28 Sep 2011 | 03:01

West Point — The United States Military Academy Concert Band will pay tribute to our nation’s veterans at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13. The free concert will be held in West Point’s Eisenhower Hall Theatre. The performance, under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Holtan, will feature dancers from the Estelle and Alfonso Dance Studio, as well as vocalist Sergeant First Class MaryKay Messenger. Veterans of the army, navy, marines, air force and coast guard will be honored with arrangements unique to each service. The band will salute the navy with composer Jay Chattaway’s “Sailabration,” the marines with Robert Jager’s “Esprit de Corps,” and the air force with MacTaggart’s arrangement of “Those Magnificent Airmen in Their Flying Machines.” “Liberty for All,” commissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard Band, will be narrated by Sgt. Major Rick Gerard. The band will collaborate with the Estelle and Alfonso Dance Studio from Fishkill as they dance to W.C. Handy’s hit “St. Louis Blues.” Sergeant First Class MaryKay Messenger will sing “Land That I Love,” arranged by Sergeant First Class Douglas Richard. In a highlight of the afternoon, the band will perform “The Second Dawning,” by composer James Hosay, which will be accompanied by a slide presentation paying homage to current and former members of our armed forces. Allow extra travel time for the vehicle and photo identity inspection at Stony Lonesome and Thayer gates. For more information, call the 24-hour hotline at 938-2617 or visit