ORONO - It was all about red, white, and blue Monday night at the University of Maine Orono campus as soldiers of the United States Army performed a concert that helped tell the story of this land based force.
Audience members sang along with the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus as they performed the Star Spangled Banner.
The Hutchins Voncert Hall at the University of Maine Orono campus, packed for this free concert.
"Our mission in this unit is to bring the message of the Army to the American people through music," Sergeant First Class Betsy Garcia says.
"My passion is music, and the Army is my profession," Sergeant First Class Brian Sacawa says. "It's a way to share my passion with people all over the country, tell the Army story, and it's a great way to go about doing that."
For many of the 94 who make up the Musical Ambassadors of the Army, the highlight of the night is performing a salute; recognizing all the branches of the United States military.
"It gives me a lot of pride and get me excited every night when we see people stand up," SFC Sacawa says. "When you see the veterans stand it's especially moving. They've given a lot in service for their nation and we get to make them feel proud about what they've done and recognize their service."
"Veterans that get out of their wheelchairs and cry during the piece... it's just so moving and a way to connect with people," SFC Garcia says. "I can't imagine affecting people's lives more than we do in this job."
That goes for even the younger crowd.
"There are a few of our members who started out as one of those students who have sat in with us or watched us at a concert," Sergeant First Class Rose Ryon says. "It's wonderful to see them get inspired."
"To see people that have progressed through the program, progressed through the promotions and ranks, is something to strive for," Henry Gibson, of the UMaine Army ROTC program, says.
If you missed Monday's concert, the band will be performing in Freeport Tuesday night at the high school.
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