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The 129th Army Band to perform May 18 at WCMS
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One of America’s most distinguished military bands will perform in a free concert May 18 in recognition of Armed Forces Day and as a prelude to Memorial Day.The Rotary Club of McMinnville will welcome the 129th Army Band of the Tennessee National Guard in a program of patriotic music and American musical favorites starting at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of Warren County Middle School. “Armed Forces Day is May 17 and Memorial Day follows on May 26,” Noon Rotary president Terry Hines noted. “We can’t think of a better way to pay honor to all those who have served and who continue to serve in our nation’s military, and to help us prepare for the solemn observance of Memorial Day later in the month.”The 129th Army Band is headquartered at Houston Barracks in Nashville and is led by Chief Warrant Officer Billy Stepp and Commander First Sergeant Richard Griffith.The band dates its origins to the decades before the Declaration of Independence, when its predecessors served in the Tennessee Militia that saw duty in protecting the early colonial settlements.