Two esteemed military bands from the United Kingdom who have performed internationally will march Thursday into the Gallo Center for the Arts.
The Band of the Irish Guards and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (pipes, drums and dancers) were founded more than 100 years ago by the monarchy.
Maj. Phil Shannon, the music director for the Band of the Irish Guards, discussed the concert with The Bee in an e-mail interview.
Q: Why should people see your show?
A: This is the only show of its kind in the world where a British military band, which usually plays at Buckingham Palace, brings the music of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to America. You will hear songs you know, some that make you tap your toes, some that may make you reminisce. There is a tribute to American troops that is a highlight in every performance.
Q: What can people expect from the performance?
A: People will see both the Irish Guards Band and The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders marching and playing on stage. There will be fine bagpipe music, as well as Scottish dancing, and the show is a musical and visual feast.
Q: How are the musicians selected for the band?
A: We work together as the Irish Guards Band during the course of our normal job, which is to provide ceremonial music within London and for the nation as a whole. The Pipes and Drums of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders are frontline soldiers as well as musicians who have worked closely with U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Q: How many people are in the band?
A: There will be over 70 musicians on stage.
Q: Anything else you would like our readers to know about your performance?
A: Our music is varied and exciting and appeals to young and old alike. There are opportunities to meet and chat with the cast at the beginning of the evening and during the interval, so bring your cameras.