Pink Floyd Tribute Launches Fort Meade Summer Concert Series

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The annual Fort Meade Summer Concert Series begins June 6 with The U.S. Army Field Band’s premier touring rock/pop ensemble performing a night of Pink Floyd. The concert will feature hit songs from “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “The Wall,” and “A Momentary Lapse of Reason".

“Despite having toured globally and performing over 1,000 shows for over 1 million people, the prospect of performing a musical tribute to Pink Floyd has galvanized our band to a new degree,” said Staff Sgt. Randy Wight, The Volunteers’ vocalist.

The annual Fort Meade Summer Concert Series kicks off June 6 with a Pink Floyd tribute show at Constitution Park on Fort Meade. The performance starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The concert is one of 12 scheduled performances during the series.

“Despite having toured globally and performing over 1,000 shows for over 1 million people, the prospect of performing a musical tribute to Pink Floyd has galvanized our band to a new degree,” said Staff Sgt. Randy Wight, The Volunteers’ vocalist. “From drafting a set list to include both the hits and the obscure, to the recreation of the sound effects used in the original recordings, the process has been labor intensive with an end product sure to wow both the Pink Floyd connoisseur as well as anyone who appreciates great sounding music.”

The Pink Floyd tribute concert is just the beginning. Each Thursday* at 7 p.m. the Army Field Band and special guests will perform a new lineup of music that spans from modern pop/rock to Latin dance. All performances are family friendly. A full schedule of events is listed on the band’s website, ArmyFieldBand.com.

“As full-time military musicians, the leaders of each ensemble put a lot of thought into devising entertaining programs for each evening's concert,” said Maj. Dwayne Milburn, deputy commander. “Once the programs are published, individual musicians begin learning their parts, then the selections are worked into our daily rehearsal schedules for weeks in advance of the performances so that the final product is one that meets the high standards that we demand of ourselves as individuals and a unit.”

The Summer Concert Series is held outdoors and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. In the event of inclement weather, cancellations will be posted by 3 p.m. on the Army Field Band’s website and social media pages. Visitors should enter Fort Meade via the main gate at Route 175 and Reece Road.

*July 3 – Independence Day Celebration including fireworks (This performance replaces the July 4 concert).

*Aug. 24 – Finale concert featuring 1812 Overture with cannons (This performance replaces the Aug. 22 concert).

Since its formation in March 1946, the Field Band has appeared in all fifty states and in more than thirty countries on four continents. The organization’s four performing components, the Concert Band, the Soldiers’ Chorus, the Jazz Ambassadors, and the Volunteers, each travel over 100 days annually. Tours include formal public concerts, school assemblies, educational outreach programs, festivals, and radio and television appearances.

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