Eight Students To Accompany Musical Ambassadors of The Armed Forces
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – The United States Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus, known as the Musical Ambassadors of the Army, will perform Sunday, March 16 at Lincoln’s Manuel Rivero Hall Gymnasium at 5 p.m.The concert, which is free and open-to-the-public, marks this year’s third Lincoln-sponsored musical arts event featuring nationally-recognized talent for the student body and community-at-large. The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia first enchanted the university with a Nov. 12 performance, returning on Feb. 11 for its final concert.
“Education through the arts has proven to be an invaluable tool in enriching the lives of people of all ages and demographics,” said The Lincoln University President Dr. Robert R. Jennings. “To host the men and women musicians of our nation’s Armed Forces in this the 160th year of The Lincoln University is a most gracious honor.”
The U.S. Army Field Band includes four performing components: the Concert Band, the Soldiers’ Chorus, the Jazz Ambassadors, and The Volunteers. Each tours the United States approximately 100 days per year, appearing before live audiences of over 2 million people and broadcast to over 2 billion, as directed by the secretary of the Army.
Today, the Soldiers’ Chorus performs alongside the Concert Band on tour and at home, as guests with musical organizations outside of the Army Field Band, and independently. Its members have performed for millions of listeners in all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Kuwait and Iraq.
The soldier-musicians tailor their concerts to audience venues as diverse as Veterans’ homes, hospitals, schools and sporting arenas. Recent performances include Summerfest, Country USA, the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, and the Army All-American Bowl, which they support annually.
Eight students from The Lincoln University Concert Band will also accompany the Army performers.
“Love is the language of the heart and music is its lesson plan,” said Director of Bands Dr. H. Wade Johnson. “We’re delighted that The Lincoln University students will be exposed to and perform with the Musical Ambassadors of the United States Armed Forces.”
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Founded in 1854, The Lincoln University (PA) is the FIRST of four Lincoln Universities in the world and is the nation’s FIRST degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The University combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly-technological and global society. Today, Lincoln, which enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women, possesses an international reputation for preparing and producing world class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the FIRST African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lillian Fishburne, the FIRST African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Langston Hughes, the noted poet, Kwame Nkrumah, the FIRST President of Ghana, Nnamdi Azikiwe, the FIRST President of Nigeria and a myriad of others.