A musical Army invasion of Stokes County is set to take place this Saturday, December 16, as the Stokes County Arts Council will host the 208th Army Band for a free holiday concert. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at The Arts Place of Stokes at 502 N. Main Street in Danbury, and feature the 208th Jazz Combo and Brass Ensemble.
The 208th Army Band’s history began in 1956, when the band was activated as the 108th Division Band after a lateral transfer of personnel and equipment from the 94th Army National Guard Band of North Carolina. Presently, the band is aligned under the 81st Regional Support Command headquartered at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and based out of Concord, North Carolina. The 208th Army Band Commander is Chief Warrant Officer Robert Slade.
The primary mission of the 208th Army Band is to promote the esprit de corps of US Military forces, and to serve as a goodwill ambassador throughout North and South Carolina. The band often performs for troops and their families and for the citizens of North Carolina at ceremonies, public concerts, and parades. The unit is comprised of citizen soldiers who in civilian life are college students, educators, and professional businessmen and women, who possess outstanding musical credentials, including many with undergraduate and graduate degrees in musical performance.
Saturday’s concert will celebrate the magic of the holidays with traditional carols as well as contemporary favorites.
In addition to the concert, the Arts Place Market will be open for holiday shopping, and Higher Grounds Coffee will be serving up hot chocolate, specialty coffees, and dessert items.
For more information, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336 593-8159.