42nd Infantry Division Band plays two free concerts in Staten Island; August 1 and August 4
New York Army National Guard band will perform at Fort Wadsworth at 6:30 p.m. on August 1 and at 5 p.m. at Westerleigh Park on August 4
LATHAM, NY (07/30/2019) (readMedia)-- The New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division "Rainbow" Band will play a free concert at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 1.
The August 1 performance is one of two the band has planned for Staten Island this summer. A second Staten Island concert will be held at Westerleigh Park on Sunday, August 4 at 5 p.m.
The 42nd Infantry Division Band conducts concerts across the state during the summer months. All concerts are free and open to the public and no ticket is required.
The 42nd Infantry Division is known as the "Rainbow" Division because of the patch the Soldiers wear and its World War I history of encompassing National Guard units from across the United States.
The Band has a long history, first playing for troops in World War I.
The unit's music is broad and varied, with multiple groups performing. Classical music, marches, patriotic selections, jazz, rock and popular music are all within the band's repertoire. Many musicians capably play more than one instrument.
Members of the band train and maintain fitness on the same weapons and combat skills that all Soldiers learn, additionally practicing music.
The band deployed to Iraq in 2005 as part of the 42nd Infantry's Division headquarters. Band members played at ceremonies, in dining halls, for Iraqi officials and sometimes alongside Iraqi musicians.
The 42nd Infantry Division Band, based at the Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill, is under the command of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark L. Kimes and 1st Sergeant Leslie G. Saroka.
Upcoming performances this summer include:
* Sousa Band Shell, Port Washington, August 2nd at 8:00 p.m.
* New Village, Patchogue, August 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
* Montauk Point State Park, Montauk, August 5th at 2:00 p.m.