The 215th Army Band performs a free concert Thursday in Haverhill

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The 215th Army Band has a special two-hour performance at Haverhill this Thursday.

The collaboration of Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Haverhill Veterans Services, Haverhill Veterans Council, the City of Haverhill and Mayor James J. Fiorentini were instrumental in securing the July 7 free concert at 6 p.m. at Haverhill’s Riverside Park.

“Whenever there is an opportunity for the 215th Army Band to perform in our community, you should jump at the chance,” said Scott Forbes, executive director of the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center. He added, “The Town of Haverhill has invested in VNEOC for over 25 years, and we couldn’t be more grateful. This event is a perfect illustration of our long-standing partnership, and it also highlights the support we have from local organizations as well.

Spectators are advised to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Those wishing to help and support the event or become a supplier can email Don Jarvis at [email protected].

The 215th Army Band consists of over 35 members, and they divide into small groups known as Musical Performance Teams. The musical diversity of these teams ranges from pop music, small classical quintets, fife and drum corps, and the New Orleans Brass Band to a vocal quintet that performs at major sporting events. The band will play styles of music that include jazz, rock, patriotic, classical, and concert works.

“The 215th Army Band’s mission is to tell the story of the Army, recognize leadership traits and veterans for their service, and connect with communities,” said Jeffrey C. Hollet, deputy retired army officer and veterans services officer of Haverhill. He added, “It is a real privilege to welcome the MAARNG Military Band to the town of Haverhill on behalf of the Mayor, Haverhill VNEOC and many veterans organizations and multiple civic organizations.

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