SLSO Joins Forces with Military Bands for Extraordinary Concert

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Patriotism, pride, and percussion filled Powell Hall for the 2017 Joining Forces concert.

Musicians of the St. Louis Symphony, the 399th Army Band, and the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America joined forces to honor veterans and active duty military service members. The musicians performed powerful pieces of music, including Lincoln Portrait and Stars and Stripes Forever.

More than 2,000 people attended the free concert. Neil Cantwell, an Army veteran, attended the concert with a group of veterans. “I was astounded by it,” Cantwell said. “They played this well.”

While the St. Louis Symphony has a history of working with both military bands, the concert marked the first joint performance at Powell Hall. “It was quite an honor and amazing experience,” said USAF Band of Mid-America musician Quincy Garner. “I think the audience appreciated the music, and I think if we had five more tunes they would’ve stayed for that.”

The concert’s conductors were Kevin McBeth of the St. Louis Symphony, Lt. Col. Michael Willen of the USAF Band of Mid-America, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Benjamin McMillan of the 399th ArmyBand, and Lt. Wilson Wiseof the USAF Band of Mid-America.

The concert was presented by Commerce Bank. M

Via Press Release