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The Regimental Band is Coming!

posted Aug 19, 2012, 8:06 AM by Steven Vaughan
Fought in 1776, the Battle of Brooklyn was the first combat of the American Revolution to be waged after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  In memory of the brave patriots who fought for our country; the Green-Wood Historic Fund will celebrate this 236th Anniversary on August 26th by presenting an afternoon of free commemoration ceremonies.  They’re honored to host The Regimental Band of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, which will play during the Battle of Brooklyn Parade and also at the Commemorative Ceremony.

The Regimental Band serves as the Academy’s “musical ambassadors.”  This nationally-acclaimed band has performed at the Cotton Bowl Halftime Show on New Year’s Day, in Presidential Inaugural Parades, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Miss America Pageant, at Madison Square Garden and aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 when it sailed to Normandy, France for the 40th Anniversary of D-Day and the opening ceremonies of the D-Day museum.  They’ve recently released two new recordings: Oceans of Glory containing music they played on the QE2 and Presidential Honors.  It was the first Federal Academy Band with an official title, “George M. Cohan’s Own.”  This was bestowed to it by his grandchildren for helping the local community and Park District of Great Neck, Long Island prevent the demolition of the composer’s former residence where he wrote Over There and A Grand Old Flag

At 12:30 pm next Sunday, Revolutionary War Re-En“actors” will re-enact the historic Brooklyn Battle starting in the Meadow at the Gothic Arch, located at 500 25th Street, at the corner of 5th Avenue.  It is followed at 1:30 pm by the Parade, which will process from there up to Battle Hill for the Commemorative Ceremony at 2:00 pm.  Explore some of the locations where this famous battle took place, and hear the Regimental Band of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy!
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