The 43rd Army Band of the Nebraska National Guard performed on Thursday, June 20, at Memorial Way on Central Avenue in Nebraska City before a enthusiastic crowd.
Selections by by the 37 member Concert Band included tradition and patriotism with a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. The musicians also performed popular music from various genres and time periods to the delight of onlookers.
Those who missed the Thursday night concert at Nebraska City will have other chances to see the band perform.
The band will perform at Brownville on June 21, Auburn on June 23, Beatrice on June 24, Falls City on June 25, Plattsmouth on June 26, and Syracuse on June 27.
Concerts are free and open to the public – no admission ticket is required.  
Come and enjoy an evening of live music.
All the concerts will begin at 7 p.m.
The 43rd Army Band is under the command of Chief Warrant Officer Brian Anderson.  
The 43rd Army Band is comprised of citizen soldiers who bring a wide variety of skills, talents and longevity to the unit.  
The average years of service of the senior non-commissioned officer staff is in excess of 30 years.  
In addition, the members’ various civilian jobs and experiences contribute a great deal to the overall success of the 43rd Army Band.  
This group meets one weekend a month and 15 days during the summer to rehearse and fulfill military training requirements.  
The 43rd Army Band consists of the concert band, Rock and Load – a rock/jazz group, the Black Hawk Brass, and the Sharpshooter Winds.  
The band traces its history back to 1924 when it was created in Crete, as the “Band Section, Service Company 110th Medical Regiment.”  
Throughout its history, the band has had several reorganizations and on March 3, 1948, the band was federally recognized as the 43rd Army Band.  
The mission of the band is to provide musical entertainment for the morale of soldiers and to support local communities.  
As musical ambassadors of the Nebraska National Guard, the 43rd Army Band represents the National Guard at a variety of civilian and official military functions throughout Nebraska performing at parades, concerts, and political inaugurations.  
For annual training, the 43rd Army Band either trains on an active duty base or supports local communities and recruiters by performing concert tours throughout Nebraska.  
The 43rd Army Band has also had the privilege of performing at Fort Campbell, Ky.; the West Point Military Academy, New York; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Monroe, Virginia; Tompkins Barracks, Germany and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  
The Colonel George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence, which is awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, is an annual international competition for active duty and reserve component bands.  
Military bands can submit application for this citation every three years.  
The 43rd Army Band leads all active and reserve component bands by receiving nine consecutive citations spanning 27 years of musical excellence.  
Other awards presented to the 43rd Army Band include: the Chief of Staff, Army Supply Excellence Award; the Colonel Don Hatten Award for Supply Excellence; the Army National Guard Bureau Superior Unit Award; the Eisenhower Most Outstanding Company Trophy; and the National Guard Bureau John J. Pershing Trophy.