The 257th Army Band Takes to the Stage July 12 at Free Band Concert on the Clark’s South Lawn

For Immediate Release

June 28, 2005

The free summer band concert series will continue at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute with The Band of the Nation’s Capital: 257th Army Band on Tuesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. Band favorites including John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland, and the Gershwin brothers and songs by featured vocal soloist Vicki Golding of Brisbane, Australia, will entertain guests on the south lawn. Picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets are encouraged. On concert evenings, the galleries will be open until 6 p.m. Admission to the concerts is free.

The Band of the Nation’s Capital: the 257th Army Band boasts a proud lineage dating back to the legendary Corcoran Cadets of 1883, the DC militia that inspired John Philip Sousa to compose his march of the same name. Noteworthy performances include the burial of the Unknown Soldier in 1921, musical support for the state funeral of President Harding, overseas deployments, appearances at the Great American Brass Band Festival and concerts at the Kennedy Center and U.S. Capitol. The band operates under the command of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Sheila M. Klotz, the first female commander in the history of Army National Guard Bands.

The concert series continues with Banjo Dan and the Mid-Nite Plowboys on July 19 and concludes with Mark Erelli with the Spurs on July 26. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held in the auditorium.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August (closed Mondays September through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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