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2014
US Army Field Band
Reunion
August 22-24, 2014



The 2014 Alumni Weekend will be held August 22-24, 2013 at Ft. Meade (& Thurmont, MD).

On Friday (August 22) there will be a morning rehearsal and afternoon softball game and picnic by Burba Lake.

On Saturday (August 23) the band will host a golf tournament in the morning (see flyer below) and then the traditional concert in the evening.

The concert will begin at 7:00 pm at Constitution Park at Ft. Meade.
Every performing component of the Army Field Band - The Volunteers, Jazz Ambassadors, Concert Band, and Soldiers' Chorus will perform.
In keeping with Army Field Band tradition, the finale will be Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (hopefully featuring live cannons!).
Former members of the Field Band are encouraged to sit in with their groups.
In the event of inclement weather this performance will take place in the Fort Meade Pavilion.

And finally, at noon on Sunday (August 24) Josef Orosz will be hosting the 8th Annual Brunch
for Retirees/Alumni at the Mountain Gate Restaurant in Thurmont, MD. (note restaurant change - scroll down for detailed info) Every performing component of the Army Field Band - The Volunteers, Jazz Ambassadors, Concert Band, and Soldiers' Chorus will perform. In keeping with Army Field Band tradition, this concert will include returning alumni from across the United States and feature Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

Friday 22 August 2014

0900-1130 ... Rehearsal with Alumni
4214 Field Band Drive
Fort George G Meade, MD
(301) 677-6586

1500 ... Softball Juniors v/s Seniors

1700-1930 ... Picnic


Saturday 23 August 2014

1900-2100 Alumni Concert


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2014
US Army Field Band
Retiree & Alumni Association
LUNCHEON



Sunday 24 August 2014
1200-1500
Mountain Gate Restaurant
133 Frederick Rd - Route 806 - Thurmont MD 21788
(301) 271-4373


8th Annual "Freebie" Buffet Luncheon
Host - Josef Orosz

RSVP no later than 20 Aug PLEASE - - - josef@isp.com
(814) 356-3356 - 374 Teaberry Rd - Bedford PA 15522

Please note the change of venue.
The Cozy Inn (prior year's location) has closed.
This new restaurant - The Mountain Gate Family Restaurant - is just up the street a bit from where the Cozy Inn was. The Mountain Gate is also a buffet restaurant, well known in the area for its good food and service. Arrangements are being made for an area of our own in the restaurant.
Again, seating will be limited so please let me know ASAP (josef@isp.com) if you will be attending.
I am looking fwd to seeing you all again.
Bring your old Field Band pictures for sharing time!

PLEASE NOTE - the Mountain Gate Restaurant is a no alcohol zone. No alcohol is served, nor is BYOB allowed. This is a change from previous luncheons at the Cozy Inn.

Josef


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2013 Alumni Weekend

    The 2013 Alumni Weekend will be held August 23-25, 2013 at Ft. Meade. On Friday (August 23) there will be a morning rehearsal and afternoon softball game and picnic by Burba Lake. On Saturday (August 24) the band will host a golf tournament in the morning and then the traditional concert in the evening featuring all four performing groups. In keeping with Army Field Band tradition, the finale will be Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (hopefully featuring live cannons!). Former members of the Concert Band, Soldiers' Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors, and Volunteers are encouraged to sit in with their groups. And finally, at noon on Sunday (August 25) Josef and Ann Orosz will be hosting their 7th Annual Brunch for Retirees/Alumni at the Cozy Inn in Thurmont, MD.

    Here's the exact schedule:

      Friday August 23 - Rehearsal and Picnic.

        9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Alumni Rehearsal.
        3:00 pm - Softball Game with Juniors (E7 and below) vs Seniors (E8 and above).
        4:30 pm - Picnic, 5:30 pm Food is served, 7:00 pm picnic ends. The Band will have activities for children and will provide burgers, hot-dogs, veggie burgers and veggie skewers, wine, beer, water, and soft drinks. It's potluck for salads, sides, and desserts.

      Saturday August 24 - Golf Tournament and Concert.

        8:00am - Golf Tournament.
        7:00 pm - Alumni Concert, Constitution Park, English Avenue, Fort Meade, MD. Every performing component of the Army Field Band - The Volunteers, Jazz Ambassadors, Concert Band, and Soldiers' Chorus - will perform, including returning alumni from across the United States. In keeping with Army Field Band tradition, the finale will be Tchaikowsky's 1812 Overture, hopefully featuring live cannons. Don't miss this annual event!

      Sunday August 25 - Retiree and Alumni Association Brunch.

        12:00 pm - Annual luncheon at the Cozy Inn, 103 Frederick Rd, Route 806, Thurmont, MD 21788. The luncheon is graciously hosted by Ann and Josef Orosz. They invite all R&AA members to join them for an afternoon of good times and fond memories. Please RSVP directly to Joe Orosz <josef@isp.com> no later than August 21, 2013 (the sooner the better - accomodations are limited to 54 people!). Please bring your old band pictures for sharing.

        Hope you can make it!

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        Something to Check Out on

          If you haven't yet bumped into the Retiree/Alumni page on Facebook you might want to give it a try.
          You can check it out (and post comments, pictures, videos, etc.) by going to:


          http://www.facebook.com/

          and then entering:

          The United States Army Field Band Retiree and Alumni


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          2012 Alumni Weekend

            The 2012 Alumni Weekend will be held August 24-26, 2012 at Ft. Meade. On Friday (August 24) there will be a morning rehearsal and afternoon softball game and picnic by Burba Lake. On Saturday (August 25) the band will host a golf tournament in the morning and then the traditional concert in the evening featuring all four performing groups, the presidential salute battery, and soloists from the Army Silent Drill Team. Former members of the Concert Band, Soldiers' Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors, and Volunteers are encouraged to sit in with their groups. And finally, at noon on Sunday (August 26) Josef and Ann Orosz will be hosting a Brunch at the Cozy Inn in Thurmont, MD.

            Here's the exact schedule:

              Friday - 24 August
                0900 - Rehearsal with former members
                1500 Softball game
                1600 Picnic starts (food served at 1700)

              Saturday - 25 August
              Sunday - 26 August
                1200-1500 - Brunch hosted by Josef and Ann Orosz
                  Cozy Inn, 103 Frederick Road, Route 806, Thurmont, MD
                  (limited space available - see flyer below for reservation info)


            If you plan on sitting in with one of the groups for the Satruday evening concert, please let the respective NCOIC know:
              Concert Band - SGM Ginger Turner, 301-677-2913 virginia.turner@us.army.mil
              Soldiers' Chorus - SGM Joanie Mercer, 301-677-2912 joan.h.mercer@us.army.mil
              Jazz Ambassadors - SGM Mike Buckley, 301-677-2898 michael.buckley@us.army.mil
              Volunteers - SGM Kirk Kadish, 301-677-2843 kirk.kadish@us.army.milI


          Looking forward to seeing many familiar faces in August!


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        Something you will want to take a look at!



        Josef Orosz (CW4 Retired), former Bass player in the Concert Band and U S Army Bandmaster (1955-1982),
        has extended his long time interest in the history and tradions surrounding Taps and has masterfully put together
        a wonderful YouTube video that describes The History of Taps. You can watch the video at:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABNPNcf5Buk

        Josef was challenged to finish this project in time for the 150th Anniversary of Taps which is being celebrated in 2012.


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        United States Army
        Ground Forces Band




        Click on one of the three links (below) to hear the


        1946 NBC Radio Broadcast "Salute to Veterans"



        Under the baton of Captain Chester E. Whiting the AGF Band performed for the NBC Radio Network -
        broadcasting from the Band Auditorium at Ft. Myer, Virginia.
        (These are large files and may take a minute or two to load)



        Cut #1 - Stars and Stripes


        Cut #2 - King Cotton March


        Cut #3 - Closing Announcement
        (with "Kings of the Highway" playing in background)




        Don Fejfar (Trumpet, AGF Band, 1946-7) had this recording digitized and forwarded it for posting on the website. Thanks Don!!





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