CITY, Kan. – Members of the Fort Riley and Junction City communities are often
in harmony, but that was literally the case in June when members of the 1st
Infantry Division Band joined the Junction City Community Band for a series of
four free concerts at the historic C.L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City.
it’s great,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jeffrey Price, commander and
bandmaster for the 1st Inf. Div. Band, of his Soldiers’ volunteering with the
community band. “It allows us an
opportunity to be a part of our community.”
Wong, president of the Junction City Community Band board, said the band
originally formed in the 1800s but was reformed in its current form in
1996. Beginning in 2012, members of the
“Big Red One” regularly took part in the band’s performances.
great,” Wong said, adding that the board appreciated the high skill level that
1st Inf. Div. musicians brought to the group.
Jason Ford, a clarinet player with the 1st Inf. Div. Band, served as the
conductor for the final Junction City Community Band concert on June 29.
the Army, and I love the Army band field,” Ford said. “I get to make music all over the world. I’ve been stationed in Korea and Germany and
all over the United States. And I’ve
gotten to make music everywhere I went, so it’s fantastic.”
the C.L. Hoover Opera House, which first opened in 1882 and underwent a $7
million restoration and renovation in 2008, was a world-class venue.
City is fantastic all around for arts,” he said. “It’s a very art-driven community.”
members of the 1st Inf. Div. Band participated in the community band during its
conducting the band, Ford found that while the members of the band had various
skill levels, “their love of music is all equal.” Ford said volunteering is important for
Soldiers because it showed the communities they live in and near that they
participation as volunteers makes thte community better,” he said. “They see the Soldiers getting out there and
enjoying and being a part of their community instead of isolating themselves.”
he enjoyed the partnership between the Big Red One and the Junction City
to continue a healthy relationship with the band,” he said.
the 1st Inf. Div. Band also play with the Manhattan Municipal Band, which has
various performances scheduled through July, and the Abilene Municipal
Band. The 1st Inf. Div. Band can next be
seen performing at the 4th of July Celebration in Wamego, Kansas.