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released October 20, 2003

Pam Tillis to Join Veterans Day Ceremonies

Pam Tillis joins United States Army Field Band
for Veterans Homecoming Closing Ceremonies

Country superstar Pam Tillis will join the internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC, for closing ceremonies of Veterans Homecoming at Mansion America on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.

The band continues its long history of presenting free public performances and the concert in Branson is sponsored by Branson Veterans Task Force who is also the sponsor of the largest week-long Veterans Day event in the nation, Veterans Homecoming.

As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, the Field Band travels thousands of miles each year throughout the nation and abroad, keeping the will of the American people behind the members of the armed forces and supporting diplomatic efforts around the world since its formation in 1946, the field band has appeared in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on four continents.

Pam Tillis, a multi-talented artist with a mantle of awards including the coveted Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association a string of #1 hits, and sales topping five million units, has performed with the band before.

"We are delighted Pam is taking time from her busy performance schedule at Yakov’s Theatre to join the band and honor our nation’s veterans at Mansion America," said Bill Groninger, executive director of the Branson Veterans Task Force.

Along with the Solders’ Chorus, which was founded in 1957, this 65-member concert band presents a powerful and diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections and instrumental and vocal solos. A music critic for the Boston Globe called a Field Band performance "a cause to stand up and cheer."

Past performances highlights include World War II 50th anniversary commemorations in the United States and Europe, Presidential Inaugural Parades, the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, nationally televised broadcasts on Memorial Day and Fourth of July and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Joint concerts with many of the nation’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops, have received rave reviews.

The Field Band’s members, selected by highly competitive audition, represent some of the finest musical talent in America. More than five decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, "The Musical Ambassadors of the Army."

For additional information about the Field Band’s performance in Branson please contact the Branson Veterans Task Force. Seating for the Nov. 11 concert is "first come first served."

For more information call the Branson Veterans Task Force at 417-337-8387. Tillis is performing during November and December at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with some 3 p.m. matinees each week.

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