Army Band Brings Beat

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Dressed in fatigues, the Arizona Army National Guard Band was in Pine July 1.

The little Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center (the old gym and cafeteria of the Pine Strawberry School) was hopping with music for all ages Thursday night, July 1.

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Getting his notes together, this band member quietly organizes his music before the entertaining concert by the Arizona National Guard Band, July 1.

The Fourth of July holiday had an early jolt of energy and fun with a concert by the 108th Army National Guard Band.

Almost three dozen Guard members — both men and women — brought their many musical talents to the Rim Country as part of a two-week summer tour, which includes stops in Tucson, Green Valley near Tucson, Sedona and Prescott. More than a few of the band members performed with several different instruments and had four different vocalists participating as well.

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Arizona Army National Guard Band veteran Bill Macey blows his cheeks to the max. Macey will retire after this year's tour around Arizona.

They were a well-oiled machine, setting up quickly and getting right to the music without a lot of time spent tuning up.

An almost full house heard patriotic music, a medley of Duke Ellington tunes and much more.

The 108th Army National Guard Band is based in Phoenix.

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An almost full house turned out at the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center Thursday, July 1 for a concert by the Arizona Army National Guard Band — kicking off the holiday weekend with great entertainment, which was free.

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