The Vermont National Guard 40th Army Band is scheduled to tour Northeast Kingdom schools during it\'s 50th anniversary winter concert season.

The band will offer an assembly concert and clinics for music students at Blue Mountain Union High School in Wells River on March 10; an assembly concert (public welcome) March 11 at 10 a.m. at Cabot School; a stage band assembly concert at Lake Region Union High School in Orleans on March 11; an assembly concert, stage band concert and clinics for music students at Canaan Memorial School on March 12 and an assembly concert at Craftsbury Academy, March 13.

In addition to the presentations for area schoolchildren, the band will also perform two \"The Music of America\" concerts, which are free and open to the public. The first concert will take place at Canaan Memorial School on March 12; the second at North Country Union High School in Newport on March 13. Tickets for these hour and a half Programs are available at each school, Canaan (266-8910) and North Country Union High School (334-7921). Both concerts begin at 7 p.m.

\"The Music of America\" programs will feature works by Copland, Bernstein, Sousa, Bennett and Vermont composer David A. Myers. Myers, also the bandmaster warrant officer, will be conducting the band. This is Myers\' first tour as commander, although he has been a member of the group for over 16 years. He is well known throughout Vermont and nationally as a composer and conductor of band music.

Members of the 40th Army Band serve one weekend a month and two weeks of annual training each year in the Vermont Army National Guard. As civilians they are engaged in such divans occupations as education, law, insurance, technology, sales and engineering.

For more information on the 40th Army Band, call the unit office in Colchester, weekdays, at 654-0480.

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