Army Field Band holds free concert in Springfield

Hundreds turned out to enjoy the music

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of patriotic music lovers, most of them sitting under shady trees to minimize the heat, came to Forest Park Sunday afternoon to see and hear the U.S Army Field Band.

The military musical contingent was just as pleased to be visiting western Massachusetts

Sgt. Lauren Curran told 22News, “We are the musical ambassador of the army. Our job is to connect the army with the American people. We are on a twelve day summer tour and we’re going all across the northeast and we’re spending the Fourth of July with the Boston pops.”

Mayor Domenic Sarno had arranged to have the Army Field Band come to Springfield for this Fourth of July weekend concert.

Sarno told 22news he’s pleased with the turnout of those who accepted his invitation to spend part of their Sunday afternoon at Forest Park. He said, “I’m ecstatic. I’m old school Americana, and remember the old days concerts at Forest Park.”

Arthur Roberts of Springfield made certain to attend the concert. He told 22News, “Military bands are really good, we see them around Symphony Hall when we come and listen.”