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                                  THEY GOT THE MUSIC  IN THEM

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                                                    KIKIE DEE CD
                                                             I GOT THE MUSIC IN ME

                               14th WOMEN'S ARMY CORPS BAND
                                                  WAC CHAPEL
                                            FT McCLELLAN AL
                                                    7 Oct 2016

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HAMPTON INN JACKSONVILLE AL

                                        THE BAND IS BACK IN TOWN
                             who left the lights on for these characters
                               Tom you left them at the wrong hotel

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             14TH WOMEN'S ARMY CORPS BAND  OCT 2016

The 14th Army Band (WAC) played our last official concert in May, 1976. It is now forty years later and the WAC Band continues to perform our military mission of morale and esprit de corps of the troops.

56 wac band sisters came home and 45 played on the concert stage this year 2016.

ANDERSON, Lenore                    HOLLAND Gly
AUSTIN, Shirley                          HOM, Susie
BUCKNER, Linda (Crain) LTC      HAYES, Maurine  SFC  
BELMONT, Gail                           HAMMELET, Teddi  LTC
BINGHAM, Judith (Toth)              HANSEN, Kathryn,  MAJ
DAHLMAN, Deb  1SG                  HERSEY, Johanna  DR. phD
CROSSLAND-LOGAN, Ann          KERBY, Therese    DR. phD                      
DELANO, Robert SP5                  KESSLER, Pat               
EKBERG, Karen  LTC                  KNIGHT, Ida               
FOX, Ann                                    LARSON, Jan
GOLDSTEIN, Bernice  MSG        LAWRENCE, Lori
GOLDSTEIN, Sylvia                    LUSH, Barbara  SSG
JENSEN, Carol  SFC                   NICOL, Karen
JENSEN, Dixie  1SG                   MARSEAL, Christine         
                                  
                                  PLUMMER, Julie
                                  SCHARF, Deb
                                  SYVERSON, Karen  SFC
                                  TUGGLE, Della
                                  WADDINGTON, Pat
                                  WARD, Delores 
                                  WASSON, Cheryl   1SG
                                  WISE, Starran       SSG
                                  WHITMAN, Melinda  MSG
                                  ZUELKE, Pat
 

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                                                IN MEMORY OF

                         

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                                           MSG Jeanette "JAY" Beard
                                             27 Oct 1942- 27 Oct 2016

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN JAY 27 OCT 2016

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                          Memories of Jay from the WAC band and friends

                                                  Pauline Keehn

Always remember that when Jay married Barber (and damned if I can remember his first name any more), the flute section and Jay began being referred to as Jay and all her little shavers!

                                              George Atkinson

Mary Framstad, my wife, came home one day and said Jay had found a dog that needed a home.... Mary and I went to see the dog who became our first pet. For 34 years we always had a dog in the house.... then a dry spell of about 7 years.... now we have Christy..... our 5th Brittany..... all due to Jay leading us to a mixed breed named Sammy so many years ago..

                                           Karen Syverson

When Jay retired from flute tooting she went into her second love - dog grooming. She's the only person I know that could get knocked out cold by a Schnauzer when it kicked her right on the bridge of her glasses.

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Jay, and I went home on Xmas leave together right after I joined the band as we lived only about 50 miles apart. It was a great road trip getting to know her and talking about our love of dogs.

                                            Melinda Whitman

Both Jay and Maggie "Clem" Overstreet were both dog groomers after they retired, I had heard. Both Jay and Maggie set good examples as NCOs, musicians and role models for those of us who joined the band in the 70s. Jay passed 2 days before her birthday, October 27 (1942). Thinking good thoughts and remembering both of them.

                                                 Pat Zuelke

As a young private I was scared of many of the NCOs but not jay. Her smile was warm, friendly and welcoming.

                                                  Al Nelson

Sure , I remember Jay very well. Super gal, and a great NCO. Fantastic job in 200 Years of Readiness and Command Revue. Loved her like a sister. Was unaware that she had passed. Had she been ill very long? I remember we had some marvelous times on all the tours. A great flute and piccolo player also. She will be missed by all who knew her. God Bless. FORSCOM 1972 / 1978

                                                Judith Bigham

We were kindred "Dog Spirits." Always upbeat & encouraging. Good friend.

                                                 Julie Oliver

Jay was my chauffeur when I went down for the reunions, and also when I was travelling with the 389th Army Band out of Aberdeen Proving Ground. I will think of her every time I hear "Stars and Stripes Forever." Also will shed a lot of tears.

 

                      FLOWERS FROM THE 14th WOMEN'S ARMY CORP BAND
                                             REST IN PEACE SISTER
                               SERVICE TOGETHER- FRIENDS FOREVER

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                                                      CWO4 VICTOR OWENS
                                                     BAND MASTER 14TH WOMEN'S ARMY CORP BAND
                                                                      COMPANY COMMANDER
                                                                    FT McCLELLAN ALABAMA

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                                                 1SG Helen Marie Kolp
                                                              12 Jan 1923-  17 Dec 2015
                                                              1SG 14th ARMY WAC BAND
                                                                        Ft McClellan AL

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                                                                      LTC ALICE PETERS 
                                                                            1923-2015
                                                                    WAC Band Commander
                                                                         FT McClellan AL

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                                                         SFC Sue Horne
                                                             1936-2012

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                            THANK YOU ALL  FOR YOUR SERVICE

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THANK YOU TO ALL THE BAND MEMBER'S AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE SHARED THEIR PHOTO'S OF THIS YEARS REUNION
 
Deb Scharf                Laurie Searle       Carol Jensen
Dianna Loop             Linda Shelton     Denice Shelton
George Atkis             Walter Black        Kathy Peart
Kathy Handson        Beth Hammer

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                        THE BANQUET  AND MIXER

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MSG BERNICE "GOLDIE" GOLDSTEIN

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CSM HELEN JOHNSTON & 1SG DIXIE JENSEN

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SGM DENISE SHELTON

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SSG STARANN WISE- 1SG CHERYL WASSON

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MSG BERNICE "GOLDIE" GOLDSTEIN

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CAROL JENSEN- ?- DENISE SHELTON- PAT LANGTON

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BARBARA LUSH- ANNE FOX- JUDY BINGHAM

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STAN & MARYELLEN MORRIS- SUE PRESTON ANREWLEVICK

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LENORE "LENNY" ANDERSON- CAROL BAZAN SPENCER

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CWO5 JEANNIE PACE

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GAIL BELMONT

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LAURIE SEARLE

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CWO5 JEANNIE PACE

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ISG DIXIE JENSEN

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SGM DENISE SHELTON

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CSM HELEN JOHNSTON

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DR. JOANNA HERSEY PHD

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SYLVIA GREENSTEIN

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STAND UP IF YOU'VE BEEN PERSONALLY VICTIMIZED BY BEER

                                     FROM FIRST SGT KIRBY
                                                    

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                                                DR. KIRBY phD

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1SG CHERYL WASON
HAPPY RETIREMENT

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                                           BAND REHEARSAL
                                              HAMPTON  INN

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                                              BAND REHERSAL
                                                 WAC CHAPEL

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JUDY BINGHAM AND ANN FOX


1SG DIXIE JENSEN

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DEB DAHLMAN- KAREN NICOL-

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LINDA SHELTON

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                                             CONCERT NIGHT

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                            BAND COMMANDER AND CONDUCTORS

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                                        LTC Linda Crain Buckner
                                        MSG Bernice Goldstein
                                            CWO5  Jennie Pace

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                                            BAND   SECTIONS

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                                               PERCUSSION

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Ann Fox-  SSG Barbara Lush-  SSG Judy Toth Bingham -Linda Shelton-
Ida Knight- LTC Teddi Hammlet -Julie Plummer- Pat Kessler- SFC Karen Syverson

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                                                        TRUMPETS

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SSG- Starrann Wise-  SFC Rene Hayes- MSG Melinda Whitman,-Gail Belmont- Lennie Anderson Blanton- Shirley Coates Austin- MAJ Kathryn Smith Hansen - and Deb Kierwa Davis.

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                                                      FLUTES

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Dr/ 1SG Therese Kerby, Dolores Madden Ward- Jan Larson- Pat Wadlington- Mary Framsted Atkinson

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                                                   TUBA

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                          Pat Zuelke- Dr. Joanna Hersey- SFC Helen Gillespie.

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                                                     EUPHONIUM

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                           Sylvia Greenstein- SFC Carol Jensen- Lori Lawrence

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                                                 TROMBONES

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1SG  Dixie Jensen- Pat Langton- CSM Beth Hammer-Susie Hom.

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                                                   SAXOPHONES

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Karen Nicol-  LTC Karen Ekberg  Karen Brooks- 1SG Deb Dahlman- 1SG Cheryl Wasson -Gyl Holland -Della Coates Tuggle- SP5  Bob Delano.

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                                        FRENCH HORNS

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Debbie Scharf - Martie Peart Clark-Ann Logan Crossland-Christine Marseal.

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                                                      CLARINETS & OBOE

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CWO5 Jeanne Pace- Sue Preston Andrewlevick- Carol Bazan-Maryellen Rhue Morris-Laurie Everett Searle-CPT Joy Boyd Bodner-Leigh Plumbly Altman. Jan Porter

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                                        ANNOUNCER/   MC
                                                SFC Karen Syverson
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(Dignitaries), sister WACs, fellow soldiers and veterans, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the seventh bi-annual reunion concert of the Women’s Army Corps Band. We are so happy to be home at Ft McClellan, Alabama with the audience that helped make us a symbol of the Women’s Army Corps.

The 14th Army Band (WAC) played our last official concert in May, 1976. It is now forty years later and the WAC Band continues to perform our military mission of morale and esprit de corps of the troops.

In 1974, the Kiki Dee band released a song that many of the more mature crowd might remember called I’ve Got the Music in Me. So with that playing in the background, let’s build us a Band. Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got the music in us!

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Every unit needs a commander and we have been blessed to have at least one of ours at every reunion. LTC Linda Crain Buckner came to us as a Second Lieutenant straight out of the WAC Officer basic course. I’m reasonably sure the band was a learning experience for her. She retired a Lieutenant Colonel and we are really proud of her. Colonel Buckner, please come forward to receive your troops.

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                                              PERCUSSION SECTION
                   

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Ann Fox is leading in a percussion section made up of Barbara Lush, Judy Toth Bigham, Linda Shelton, Ida Knight, Teddie Hamlett, Julie Plumer and Pat Kessler. Eight drummers drumming! Bet they’ve got the music in them.

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                                              TRUMPET SECTION

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The trumpet section has Starrann Wise thinking she’s leading them, with Rene Hayes, Melinda Whitman, Gail Belmont, Lennie Anderson Blanton, Shirley Coates Austin,Kathryn Smith Hansen and Deb Kierwa Davis bringing in more music.

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                                      EUPHONIUM  AND TUBA SECTION
 
 

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During World War Two there were actually five WAC Bands – known then as Army Service Forces Bands. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a WWII WAC Band member leading in the Euphonium and tuba sections. Euphonium player Sylvia Greenstein joined the Army and the 401st Army Services Band in 1943 and just turned ninety-four years young. Sylvia, please lead in your section with Carol Jensen, Lori Lawrence, and our tuba players Pat Zuelke, Dorma Parker, Dr. Joanna Hersey, and Helen Gillespie. They’ve got the music in them too.

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                                              TROMBONES

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Next we have trombones led in by our First Sergeant, Dixie Jensen, with Pat Langton, Beth Hammer, and Susie Hom. Bringing the music with them

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                                                 SAXOPHONES

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Our saxophones are lead by Karen Nicol, with Karen Ekberg, Karen Brooks, Deb Dahlman, CherylWason, the last of us still serving and thought by some to be the last WAC serving in any component. She is retiring from the position of 1SG of the 451st Army Reserve Band in November, Gyl Holland, Della Coates Tuggle, and our sax player with the significant facial hair problem, Bob Delano. Bob is the last person to join the 14th Army Band while it still carried the WAC designation and is a legitimate member of the WAC Band.We are all really proud of our baby brother.

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                                                        OBOE

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They are joined by our part time sax player and full time bassoon player Gennie B. Grover Arledge. We’re really starting to add the music in us.

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                                                FRENCH  HORNS

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Our French Horn section starts with Debbie Scharf, followed by Martie Peart Clark, Ann Logan Crossland, and Christine Marseal. They got the music!

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                                                    CLARINETS

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At our last reunion I forgot to bring in the clarinets. I can assure you they haven’t forgotten about me! One little mistake. We’ll start the clarinets with retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jeanne Pace, Sue Preston Andrewlevick, Carol Bazan, Maryellen Rhue Morris, Laurie Everett Searle, Joy Boyd Bodner, and Leigh Plumbly Altman. We’ll add Jan Porter on oboe. They got the music in them.

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                                                         FLUTES

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Let’s add some flute tooters! Dr. Therese Kerby, Dolores Madden Ward, Patricia Wadlington, Mary Framsted Atkinson, and Janice Richards Larson, up here playing keyboard for us. Lots of music in them

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                                                  CONDUCTOR

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Our Enlisted Bandleader and the principal conductor of the WAC Band, Master Sergeant Bernice Rita Goldstein, joined the Army in 1952 and when she retired in 1974 became the last of us to serve her entire career in the WAC Band. Better known to most as Goldie, over the years she has branched out from her original French Horn to every instrument she can put her hands on. She currently continues her mission playing keyboard and entertaining the troops in Biloxi, MS at the Armed Forces Soldiers and Sailors Retirement Home. Goldie is escorted by Stan Morris and Stan Altman. You better believe Goldie’s got the music in her!

We are the Women’s Army Corps Band and we’ve got the music in us!

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                                         Grand Old Flag

I am your flag. I am the flag of the United States of America. I am called Old Glory. I am called the Star Spangled Banner. I am the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air. I am the imminence of patriotism. I am the trenches in France, Belgium, Anzio, Normandy, Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, and Korea. I am the jungle of Vietnam and the sands of Desert Storm and the streets of Bosnia. I am “One nation under God”. I am the names of those who never came back to keep this republic free. When you salute me, you are actually saluting them. I am the symbol of America. The home of the proud, the brave and the free.

Ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing for the posting of the colors and the National Anthem.

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                                    Conducted by MSG Bernice Goldstein

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(America the Beautiful)

Oh beautiful for spacious skies, a song that so aptly describes in so few words the thoughts and feelings of the millions of people who make this country their home. It describes the trials and tribulations overcome in the founding of a nation, her bitter struggle for freedom and independence, and the steadfast determination and willing sacrifice of her people to keep this hard won freedom. There is a prayer and a hope in this song that our people will continue to walk with freedom, and walk with dignity and pride. But above all is the special meaning it holds for the men and women in uniform. This song stands for the principles for which we serve – America the Beautiful.

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Tonight we present an encore performance of the Women’s Army Corps Band, beginning under the direction of Master Sergeant Bernice Goldstein.

                                              (WAC Medley)

There are so many success stories in the Band!Sitting up here tonight we have the first female first sergeant of a band other than the WAC Band, a retired Command Sergeant Major who was the senior enlisted female in the Regular Army when she retired, two retired Lieutenants Colonel, one retired Major who commanded the Idaho National Guard Band, one lady still serving as First Sergeant in an Army Reserve Band,and many more. One of our more visible success stories is retired Chief Warrant Officer Five Jeanne Pace. She served with us as a clarinet player, company clerk, and the drum major known as Pace the Mace, then went on to become a Warrant Officer commanding her own bands, to include the Old Guard Fife and Drum. She retired as commander of the 1st Infantry Division Band and is now the assistant conductor of the WAC Band. Since she was by some accounts the last WAC standing in the Regular Army, we believe her retirement closed the final chapter in the long history of the Women’s Army Corps on Active Duty.

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                                                   WAC MEDLEY
                                      Conducted by CW5 Jeannie Pace

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Chief Warrant Officer Pace returns to her roots to conduct us in what we call our WAC Medley, starting with The WAC is a Soldier Too, the official song of the Women’s Army Corps, then Pallas Athena March written by MAJ Lois Sunny Kaplan, finishing with Duty, called Colonel Bogey March by the rest of the world. In between the marches listen for the signature drum cadence of the WAC Band (we’re turning our drummers loose again, oh, dear) and remember the thousands of WACs that we marched on their way to a date with destiny.

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(Orion March)

Our next piece was written by our own clarinetist, Julia Heller Oliver, exclusively to be performed at the 2016 Band reunion to honor the 68th anniversary of the Band’s activation on 16 August 1948. We continued as an all-female band until 1976 when social changes brought about the removal of our WAC status and male soldiers were assigned to the band.

This composition is lovingly dedicated to the memory of LTC Alice V. Peters, who commanded the WAC Band for 11 years from 1951 to 1962. Under her leadership, the WAC Band performed in three inaugural parades and the 1956 World’s Fair in New York. LTC Peters served in the Army for 21 years before retiring in 1972. She passed away on 3 February 2015 but is fondly remembered by all of those who served under her.

Composed by Julie Oliver, arranged by Robert Bruerle, we give you the premier performance of Orion March.

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(Bugler’s Holiday)

Part of the distinctive sound of the WAC Band comes from our brass players. Trumpet players being the way they are, they are convinced that means them. Through the years, we have enjoyed some of the best of the best brass players. Tonight we have Lennie Blanton, Melinda Whitman and Kiwi Davis up to lead the way, but it could have been any three of our trumpets tonight. This a piece of music after their own hearts! Kim, this one’s for you.

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(Lassus Trombone)

Henry Fillmore was raised in a deeply religious family. They objected to his interest in secular music so he left home and joined a circus band as a trombone player. Many of our marches with strong trombone parts were written by him. One of his best known is Lassus Trombone. We’ve featured our trumpets, and our trombones want in on this showing off stuff. Let’s let Dixie Jensen, Beth Hammer, Susie Scarr and Pat Langton have some fun too with Lassus Trombone.

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                                       Conducted by CW5 Jeannie Pace

(Them Basses)

In 2014 the International Women in Brass recognized the WAC Band with their Circle of Excellence Award. The citation reads: To honor all women who served in America’s Military Bands during and after WWII. In addition to providing music, morale and strength for our troops and the general public, you stood for core values of professionalism, honor and dignity. We thank you for your service.

                                         Conducted by CW5 Jeannie Pace

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Now flash forward to our reunion. We have a guest artist tonight - Dr. Joanna Hersey from the International Women in Brass. Dr. Hersey is from originally from Vermont and a former member of THE US Coast Guard Band, where she became their principal tubist at the advanced age of 19. Her resume includes playing for three US Presidents (so did we), The Today Show, Good Morning America, (who wants to get up that early?) and playing with artists like Placido Domingo, Roberta Flack, Arlo Guthrie, Michael Bolton, Lee Greenwood, and many more. She now travels the world as a Yamaha performing artist as well as holding the position of Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She asked to come to our reunion so we asked her to play with us because of her service in the Coast Guard. Dr. Hersey joins our own Helen Gillispie and Pat Zuelke in a fun march called, what else, Them Basses.

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                                     Conducted by MSG Bernice Goldstein

(Dixieland Jamboree)

As the WAC Band traveled the country, we played few pieces that were more popular with an audience then our next song. Dixieland Jamboree is a compilation of three tunes, starting with Copenhagen, then Basin Street Blues, and finishing with When the Saints Go Marching In. Our Dixieland group tonight is made up of Starrann Wise on trumpet, Beth Hammer on trombone, Bob DeLano on saxophone, Laurie Searle on clarinet, Helen Gillispie on Sousaphone, and Ann Fox on drums. We hope you have as much fun listening as we have playing!

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(You Make Me Feel So Young)

Over our last several reunions it has become a tradition to play at least one big band number. In the past we’ve tried to thank a past McClellan commander by playing a jitterbug, but this time we want to honor our audience. Be patient while we set this up – we ain’t as quick as we used to be. This says it all about how we feel about our audience. You Make Us Feel So Young.

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THANK YOU'S

A WAC Band reunion concert could not happen without the help of so many people! While the Band catches their breath and goes back to a concert configuration, let us take a few minutes to thank those people thathave worked so hard to help us make this happen. The first people to thank is our own band members that have come from the four corners of the country to be with us tonight. One even came from Germany!

COL Christopher Morgan  313th Army Band, Birmingham AL
CW3 William Green; Instruments
CW4 Gary Clark: Operations bldg maint
MSG Robert O'day; plans, ops, schedule, coordination
SFC Robert Ray: Community Relations
Barbara Perryman: Security law enforment officer

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                                 GAIL BELMONT'S QUILTS OF HONOR
                                              http://quiltsofhonor.org/

Gail is an Army Veteran and a Veteran who strives endlessley to honor Veterans and those who serve in harms way. Gail knows how our warriors feel, not just in the present conflicts, but in the past wars that our country has fought protecting our freedoms. Scars may not show, but that does not mean a warrior is unaffected. In 2005 we began our journey, one that would lead us to form a nonprofit organization called Quilts of Honor.

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Gail Belmont is the founder and Executive Director of Quilts of Honor America. She began her service in the military in 1969, playing Taps in the US Army Corp Band. Since that time, Gail has played a prominent role in the support of her fellow veterans and warriors by continuing her service of playing Taps at the services of fallen soldiers. She currently holds the position of District Director at the Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial and since Quilts of Honor America began in 2010, they have awarded over 700 quilts to veterans. Gail lives and runs Quilts of Honor America from her home in Valley Springs, California. Gail Belmont is being recognized as a Champion of Change for her dedication to service and her continued support for efforts to: end homelessness, boost employment and treat mental health disparities for fellow veterans.

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                                       ISG MOLLY EDWARDS

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                                               LTC  PAT DEFRIEZE
                                        President of WAC Chapter 62

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                                                SSG  Barbara Gill
                     member of the WAC Veterans Association and Chaper 62
                                                    Honor Guard

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                                    Conducted by MSG Bernice Goldstein

 

(Duty Honor Country)

 

We stood upon our sister's shoulders; the ones who served from the Revolutionary War and through all of those years afterward, until it was our turn. And now, our younger sisters in arms are standing upon our shoulders as they continue the tradition of honorable service by women in the military. We are, and always will be, proud veterans and soldiers for life..!

           

It is a duty and an honor to serve this great nation of ours, a sacred trust accepted by every person on active duty, in the reserves, in the National Guard - whether they served their term and got out or retired from service. All of the veterans here tonight know the meaning of Duty, Honor, Country.

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(God of Our Fathers)

Our next selection was written in 1876 for a small 4th of July Centennial celebration of our great nation and evolved to become the National Hymn. The words to God of Our Fathers were written by Daniel Roberts in 1876, but were sung to a different tune. George Warren wrote a new melody for the centennial of our constitution in 1888 and that is the melody still used today. The arranger, Claude Smith, started writing music in 1955 while assigned to the 371st Army Band, Ft Leavenworth, KS and wrote the powerful, moving arrangement we will play today. We would like to dedicate this to all the comrades in arms we have lost, but especially to our 12 fallen Band sisters we have lost in the last two years.

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  1. God of our fathers, whose almighty hand
    Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
    Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies,
    Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.
  2. Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
    In this free land by Thee our lot is cast;
    Be Thou our ruler, guardian, guide and stay,
    Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.
  3. From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,
    Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense;
    Thy true religion in our hearts increase,
    Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.
  4. Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way,
    Lead us from night to never-ending day;
    Fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
    And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine.

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(Army Goes)

The color guard from the Women’s Army Corps Veteran’s Association Chapter #62, also known as the Heritage Chapter has honored us by posting and retiring the colors for all of our reunions. Led by Command Sergeant Major Brendia Eddington, with SFC (Ret) Debbie Godby, SSG (Ret) Wilma Green, and Barbara Gill, these ladies show the pride and precision of an Active Duty WAC color guard.

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The WAC Band considers itself to be, first and foremost, a military band. We try to stay current with our protocol since with the state of the world today we might be recalled to active duty. To conclude tonight’s concert we ask you stand for the retirement of the colors and remain standing for the playing of Army Goes.

(God Bless America)

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                                  WAC CHAPTER 62 HONOR GUARD
                                        RETIRE THE COLORS

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Encore

(Stars and Stripes)

                                            Conducted by CW5 Jeannie Pace

One more? Let’s feature our flute tooters Jan Larson, Pat Wadlington, Therese Kerbey, Gennie B. Arledge, and Dolores Ward in Sousa’s Stars and Stripes.

 

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Will the members of the Band in the audience please come forward to join your sections?

Ladies and gentlemen, we ARE the Women’s Army Corps Band.

We thank you for joining us tonight and look forward to seeing you in 2018.


                                                            CLOSING

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BAND ON THE TOWN
OH WHAT A NIGHT

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