Dec. 1, 2011

29th Band to present Holiday Concerts

By Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen   
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Guard's 29th Division Band will present its annual Holiday Concert Series Dec. 8-10 at several locations across the commonwealth to spread holiday cheer and express the Guard's appreciation to the communities and families for their support of the National Guard and their units.


The Virginia National Guard's 29th Army Band performs during the Holiday Concert Series Dec. 4-5, 2009. The band will share the sounds of the season again this year Dec. 8-10 in Staunton, Martinsville and Covington. (Photo by Maj. Cotton Puryear, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

The concerts will be held in Staunton, Martinsville and Covington and will include special guest vocalists from the Guard and from within the communities. The guest vocalists include Capt. Clay Blevins, Cindy Blevins, Missy Carter, Chelsey Helms and others.

“These shows are for the National Guard members, families and local communities to be united with a sense of appreciation of what each give to the other during the year,” said 1st Sgt. Fred Lewis, 29th Division Band first sergeant. “They allow the leadership of the Virginia National Guard to show their appreciation for the support of the families and communities they give to the individual Virginia National Guardsmen and their units.

“My favorite part is being able to entertain and inform the civilian populations of the selected communities about the many facets of the Virginia National Guard.”


Tina Harrison (left), Capt. Clay Blevins, and Cindy Blevins (r) , Tina Harrison, Chelsey Helms and Melissa Carter perform during the Virginia National Guard's Holiday Concerts Dec. 4-5, 2009. Vocalists will again perform with the 29th Army Band during this year's concerts. (Photo by Maj. Cotton Puryear, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

The event is a family friendly show that should appeal to all ages. The Virginia Guard Family Readiness Groups will also include special activities for children, including a visit from Santa Claus.

According to Lewis, the band has been rehearsing and preparing to play at their peak performance level when the show times arrive. The Citizen-Soldiers have developed, practiced, reviewed and updated the repertoire consistently over the last five years and are looking forward to presenting the show again this year.

“This is an opportunity for the community to get to know the leadership of the Virginia National Guard, and to hear in person our appreciation of the support they give the Guard yearlong,” Lewis said.

Concert Schedule:
Staunton: Dec. 8, 2011 7 p.m. - Memorial Baptist Church, 224 Taylor St.
Martinsville: Dec. 9, 2011 7 p.m. - First United Methodist Church, 146 East Main St.
Covington: Dec. 10, 2011 7:30 p.m. - Covington High School, 340 East Walnut St.

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