Sponsors of Sunday’s performance of the Heart of Texas Brass Quintet, part of the 36th Infantry Division Band based at Camp Mabry in Austin, are making the performance open to the public without charge.
The concert will mark the 76th anniversary of the authorization of Camp Bowie, as well as the 15th anniversary of the terrorists’ attack of Sept. 11, 2001.
The show is sponsored by Citizens National Bank, Texas-Clean, and Bill and Nancy King.
The patriotic program will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Brownwood, Lyric Performing Arts Company board president Hank Hunter said.
“The Heart of Texas Brass Quintet is made up of five brass musicians and one drummer,” spokesman Chris Koenig of Round Rock said. “The quintet regularly performs military ceremonies, civilian concerts and recitals, and educational outreach throughout Texas.”
Recently, the group performed at Kaboomtown in Addison as part of the band’s summer annual training tour.
“The quintet will be paying tribute to the 36th Infantry Division and its Camp Bowie roots,” Koenig said. “The group will play music both written by American composers, and reflective of our American ideals.”
Probable selections include “Americans We,” “The Liberty Bell,” “The Thunderer,” “Amazing Grace,” “Shenandoah” and selections from “West Side Story.”
The entire 36th Infantry Division Band is a three-time recipient of the Col. George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence, and is comprised of nearly 60 members from around the state of Texas.
“The Lone Star Band,” as it is often called, participated in events related to a symposium in Brownwood held in September 2015 commemorating the War Department’s authorization of Camp Bowie on Sept. 19, 1940, and the start of construction Sept. 27, 1940.
The quintet coming to Brownwood next weekend performed at the Brown County Museum of History a year ago as the museum opened its exhibit honoring those who served during World War II.