Fort Jackson holds holiday concert at Sottile Theater

Fort Jackson’s 282nd Army Victory Band will perform a holiday concert at 7 p.m., Dec. 14 at the Sottile Theater at the College of Charleston. Doors for the free concert open at 6:30 p.m.

Members of Army bands are both musicians and Soldiers. Along with playing their instruments, band members train on the same weapons and combat skills that all Soldiers learn. When they are not performing at ceremonies or at morale building events, band members fulfill other military tasks.

The 282d Army Band’s history dates to 1869 when it was organized as the Band, 21st Infantry, Richmond, Virginia. Serving with distinction in the Indian Wars, the Philippine Insurrection and World War II, the band earned battle streamers for these actions.

From 1914 to 1949, the Band went through many reorganizations and redesignations, serving in Washington, Hawaii, and Korea, where it was deactivated in Seoul, in 1949. In 1956 the 282d Army Band was reactivated and assigned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The primary mission of the band is to promote readiness and perform music that maintains the morale and esprit de corps of the soldiers stationed at Fort Jackson. The band also supports the local community and surrounding areas in parades, by presenting concerts, and participating in ceremonies throughout the Carolinas.

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