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image The 23rd Army Band will take the stage this week for the Fridays on Vine concert series in Tooele City. (Courtesy of 23rd Army Band)

June 21, 2018
23rd Army Band to play at Fridays on Vine

Fridays on Vine concert series returns this week with the 40-member 23rd Army Band of the Utah National Guard set to perform at Aquatic Center Park at 7 p.m.

Fridays on Vine took a hiatus last week while the Tooele Arts Festival ran Thursday through Saturday.

“We plan to perform a variety of songs including some movie music from the ‘The Incredibles 2’ and the new ‘Jurassic World 2’ movie and other movie songs,” said Readiness NCO Matt Boehme. “We always play patriotic songs and will include a service song medley.”

Boehme said the band practices in West Jordan, and the unit is a military occupational specialty (MOS) unit and plays music as its main task.

“We are always looking for new members,” Boehme said. “We’ve had people in the band from Tooele Valley before, but nobody right now.” Members of the group range in age from 18 to 55.

Boehme said the National Guard unit includes six various music groups, including the concert band, five star brass band, jazz dance band, a jazz combo of three-to-seven members, a brass band and a marching band.

The Five Star Brass Band will perform at a flag retirement ceremony in Grantsville on June 28 at 6 p.m. at the city park.

“We average about five to six performances a month from May through July,” Boehme said.

The band has performed in many states, and internationally in Russia, Germany and the Kingdom of Morocco, according to information provided by the band. 

With roughly 60 performances per year, it is one of the busiest military bands in the country. According to the information, members of the band are proud to serve as soldiers in the Utah Army National Guard. 

The band is under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer Denny Saunders and First Sergeant Bryce Bird.

 

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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