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Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, including the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard and the 1st Inf. Div. Band, joined citizens in Paxico, Kansas, for 6th Annual Paxico Meatloaf Festival June 18. It was a full day of entertainment, shopping and fun for those in attendance. Town shops and a flea market were open for business, while a parade moved down Paxico’s main avenues. Later, visitors enjoyed entertainment from noon until early evening.
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The 1st Infantry Division Band joined forces with the Junction City Community Band for a springtime pops concert titled “Night at the Movies” May 21 at the C.L. Hoover Opera House. The concert featured music throughout Hollywood’s history including superhero films and movie musicals. “It was fantastic to work with the Junction City Community Band,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Matthew David, 1st Inf. Div. bandmaster. “They came to every rehearsal prepared like any other professional musician. I am glad to build strong bonds between Ft. Riley and the Junction City community.”
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The 1st Infantry Division Band plays as Soldiers listen and eat their lunch during the Jazz Appreciation Month luncheon at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center April 13.
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Members of the 1st Infantry Division Band play “America the Beautiful” during the pre-game ceremony Sept. 7 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Soldiers of the “Big Red One” and Fort Riley were at the evening game between the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins to take part in Armed Forces Night. Soldiers from Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, Irwin Army Community Hospital and the 97th Military Police Battalion were invited on the field where they participated in reenlistment and awards ceremonies and helped announce the Royals’ starting lineup. Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, accepted a game ball from Ned Yost, the Royals’ head coach.
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Spc. Thomas Spencer plays with four other brass players from the 1st Inf. Div. Band March 12 at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka.
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Members of the 1st Inf. Div. Band perform “Home on the Range” March 12 at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka, Kansas.  Representatives from the “Big Red One” band not only played in the building’s historic rotunda, but joined representatives from the Kansas Music Educators Association and the Washburn Jazz Combo to discuss the importance of music in schools with Kansas legislators.  The events were part of KMEA’s Music Education Advocacy Day.
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Spc. Timothy Rogers (right), a trumpet player deployed with the 1st Infantry Division Band, was presented the 2014 Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award Feb. 6 in Kuwait. 
Lt. Col. Thomas Hipskind (left), commander, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Inf. Div., was on hand to present Rogers with an Army Achievement Medal in recognition of his accomplishment. As a special surprise, Rogers’ wife, Heathyr, and son, Jimmy, were able to participate in the ceremony via computer. 
The Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award “acknowledges U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard enlisted musicians and honors the memory of Army retired Col. Finley R. Hamilton, who succumbed to cancer while serving as president of the National Band Association,” according to the U.S. Army Music website. “The recipients of this distinguished award exhibit outstanding musical and leadership excellence.”
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Staff Sgt. Jason Ford (left), 1st Inf. Div. Band, conducts the joint 1st Inf. Div. and Junction City Community bands in a rendition of “An Irving Berlin Christmas” Dec. 14 at the C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City. The assembly of musicians performed the Sounds of the Season concert Dec. 12 to 14 featuring holiday favorites and new takes on classic carols.
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The 1st Inf. Div. Band, playing alongside the Junction City Community Band, performs “A Canadian Brass Christmas” Dec. 14 at the C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.
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Members of the 1st Infantry Division Band’s brass quintet perform Dec. 16 for employees at Garrison Headquarters on Main Post.  While Staff Sgt. Matthew Johnston, NCOIC, played the trombone, Sgt. Jose Hernandez, tuba, Spc. Chris Arnold, trumpet, and Sgt. Curtis Palmer, French horn, blended in playing several selections of holiday classics.
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The 1st Inf. Div. Band performs “White Christmas” for an audience of more than 400 in the first of two holiday shows Dec. 14, 2013, at the C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City. The concert was full of holiday favorites and included traditional Hanukkah music. The musical ensemble also included members from the Junction City Community Band.
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Staff Sgt. Richard Ingle, 1st Inf. Div. Band, performs “Must Have Been Old Santa Claus” for more than 400 spectators in the first of two holiday shows Dec. 14, 2013, at the C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City. The 1st Inf. Div. Band and Junction City Community Band will perform “Sounds of the Season” Dec. 12 to 14 at the C.L. Hoover Opera House. The concerts are free; however, tickets are required.
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Spc. William Gaechter, 1st Inf. Div. Band, plays a saxophone solo during a rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock,” while Staff Sgt. Richard Ingle and Staff Sgt. David Jiminez look on Dec. 14, 2013.
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Spc. Nicole Torgerson and Sgt. Colin Steffa, of the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard, drive mules Jenny and Joy as they haul members of the 1st Inf. Div. Band Nov. 28 during the Junction City Christmas Parade.  The city hosted the parade as a start to the holiday season and to bring Santa Claus to town.  CGMCG troopers also presented the colors during the annual event.
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Sgt. 1st Class Frank McCaskill, 1st Infantry Division Band, plays taps before the start of the Nov. 8 University of Kansas versus Iowa State University game in Lawrence, Kan. KU paid tribute to veterans during the Salute to Service game, which included appearances by the 1st Inf. Div. Band; Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard; Fort Leavenworth, Kan., officials; KU ROTC cadets; and a World War II veteran.
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ROTC cadets from the University of Kansas cheer on their football team as players run onto the field before the Nov. 8 game against Iowa State University in Lawrence, Kan. The Jayhawks hosted a Salute to Service game to honor service members. In the background is a university landmark, the Campanile, a tribute to KU students who died fighting in World War II.
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