Army Materiel Command band preps for final concert

Army Materiel Command band preps for final concert
(Source: WAFF 48 News)
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Army Materiel Command band is gearing up for its final performance.

The band rehearsed Tuesday morning at Redstone Arsenal for its farewell concert coming up next month.

The 389th Army Band (AMC's own) was one of several Army bands identified for inactivation in 2017 as part of a restructuring process.

The commander, CW4 James Bettencourt, said its final show will be special, both for the band members and for those in attendance.

"This is by far one of the most amazing communities that I have ever been a part of with the support that they give the military and the military band. It's been incredible so we can to take this concert as a way to say 'thank you' to the community. We are going to have a lot of community involvement with some guest artists from around the area and we're pretty excited about it," Bettencourt said.

Specialist Carldario Brown, a drummer in the band, added, "I am super excited about our final concert. The community has been awesome here over the two years that I've been here and it's been a great experience so to give this last thank you to our community is so exciting and I can't wait to perform."

As part of Armed Forces Celebration Week, the band will be performing at the following locations:

Monday, June 25 - Concert in the Park, Downtown Huntsville at 6:30 p.m. 
Tuesday, June 26 - Final Performance, Bob Jones High School at 7:00 p.m.

Bettencourt explained that the band members will be reassigned to other locations as part of the restructuring.

"The Army is doing what it always does, making sure that they have the right faces in the right places and there's always realignments going on. One of these realignments that came up just moved band members. Nobody here is losing their job. They're all going to different bands in different places around the country to get more experiences and also let other communities enjoy what they have to offer," he stated.

The band is proud of the selections it's picked for their last concert on June 26.

"We have a little bit of everything to please everyone's fancy, from old Elvis tunes, to some Beatles and even some songs from Disney movies that have come out recently. It's going to be a lot of fun for everyone," Brown said.

"This concert is going to have music for everyone. We'll have some things you'll really enjoy no matter what style or genre you like, there's something for everyone. We just want to put our best foot forward and give you guys a fantastic performance," Bettencourt added.

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