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Published July 27 2012

North Dakota Army National Guard band to play free concerts

FARGO – The North Dakota Army National Guard’s 188th Army Band will play a series of free concerts around the state to help celebrate the band’s 125th anniversary.

The concerts will include a piece commissioned specifically for the band called “Salute,” which was created by North Dakota native Jocelyn Hagen.

Concert dates include:

• 7 p.m. Monday at Elmwood Park, West Fargo. The concert will be held in conjunction with a West Fargo Park District ice cream social. The 42-piece Concert Band will perform.

• 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Town Square Farmers Market on Third Street and Demers Avenue in Grand Forks. The concert is part of Military Appreciation Day honors.

• 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at Scandinavian Heritage Park, 1020 S. Broadway, Minot, as part of the Council of the Arts’ “Arts in the Park” series.

• 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at Virgil Syverson Harmon Park Performance Center, Main Avenue and 11th Street West, Williston.

• Noon Aug. 7. The Ceremonial Band will play at the Adjutant General’s Courtyard, Fraine Barracks, Bismarck.

Military identification is required for entrance to Fraine Barracks.

• Noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at the seventh annual Farmers Market on the south side of the State Capitol, Bismarck. The band’s Jazz Combo will play.

• 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Custer Park, 321 W. Thayer Ave., Bismarck. The Jazz, Stage and Concert bands will all perform.

• 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon. The Concert Band will perform.

• 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Chahinkapa Zoo band shelter, Second Street and Seventh Avenue North, Wahpeton. The Concert Band will perform.

• Noon Aug. 10 in downtown Fargo as part of the outdoor Brown Bag Concert Series at the U.S. Bank Plaza. The band’s rock and country ensembles, Three Time Rule and Blues in Green, will perform. Food vendors will be on site.

• Band members will serve as North Dakota State University’s resident band during the school’s Symposium on Music Education scheduled Wednesday through Friday.

The band was organized in 1887 in Valley City, Dakota Territory.

The 1st North Dakota Infantry Band was ordered to active duty in 1916 to support Gen. “Blackjack” Pershing during the Mexican Border War and then to France in support of World War I. Following the war, the band was reorganized as the 164th Infantry Band.

The band served in the Pacific during World War II with the rest of the North Dakota Army National Guard.

After its return, the band was reorganized, this time as the 294th Army Band. The band again reorganized in 1959 as the 188th Army Band, and moved to Fargo.