28th Infantry Division Band offering patriotic concerts | New
An uplifting patriotic spectacle awaits the community of Blairsville and surrounding areas as the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard prepares for a free week-long regional performance.
Known as “Pennsylvania’s Oldest Professional Music Performance Group”, the group will perform at 7 pm Tuesday at Blairsville Veterans Memorial Park.
Other concerts scheduled in the area include:
- Legion Keener Park in Latrobe at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday
- Monday 7 p.m., New Wilmington, Autonomous Region Park
- Wednesday 6.30 p.m., Delhi, Delhi Community Park
- July 1 7:00 p.m., Evensburg, Memorial Park
- July 2, 7 p.m., Windber, Miners Park Gazebo
- 10 a.m., Canonsburg, Main Street Parade
All concerts are free and open to the public. In the event of bad weather, the show will be canceled. For the latest information, please visit the 28th Division Band Facebook page.
The concert will be conducted by the conductor, Warrant Officer Aaron S. Berkle. Group members arrived from Pennsylvania earlier this week for five days of practice, said Sgt. Daniel Klingbeil is responsible for management as the group’s preparation non-commissioned officer and plays the trumpet.
According to Klingvale, the group’s mission has three sides. Support ministerial ceremonies, support deployed soldiers to boost morale and strengthen relationships in the region where the concert takes place.
According to Klingvale, the show lasts around 1 hour and 15 minutes. Concert attendees can expect to listen to a variety of music.
âIt’s a great show and it will be very interesting,â he said. “You will enjoy the good feeling of loving America and loving being in this country.”
Performances will feature small ensembles such as full bands, patriotic and marching music performances, rock groups, brass quintets and ceremonial orchestras.
âIt’s a very striking type of gig,â said Kling Bale.
The Torrance Armory-based group has 35 members. Members are between 20 and 50 years old and hail from Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Klingvale is 57 years old and has been with the group since 1988 and has been in his current role for 13 years. He described the group as “unique as a military unit”.
âYou get to know them pretty well,â he said. âWe will be like a family.
He also said that in order to play in a band, members must be auditioned and already know how to play.
The state’s only National Guard group holds about 20 concerts a year, including a veterans event at State College’s Bryce Jordan Center in November. That month, he said, they would play in the Steelers game again this year.
Recruitment is part of his job and security guards offer 100% tuition reimbursement. So Klingvale said he was always on the lookout for new musicians to join the ranks.
âThere are a lot of financial rewards as well as a feeling of serving our country,â he said.
Anyone interested in learning more about participation can contact Klingbeil at (814) 937-3523.
According to the group’s Facebook story, it provided “over 60 years of uninterrupted service” when the “109th, 110th and 112th Infantry Regiments split up” before World War II. ..
âAt the start of World War II the group was inaugurated in the Federal Army, served throughout the war and gained a prominent position in the defense of Wiltz during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 . Includes Distinguished Service Commendation and Military Cross., “According to History.” âAfter the war in December 1945, the group returned to Pennsylvania and was designated as the 28th Infantry Division Band, although this designation was reorganized as part of the 28th Division Train in June 1959. The group performed in the United States. United, in France, Luxembourg, and Bosnia, “President Gerald Ford and President Ronald Reagan arrived on Pennsylvania soil for the 100th anniversary ceremony on July 4, 1976.” He led the Philadelphia Parade. “