United States Army Chorus Quartet to sing national anthem


The United States Army Chorus Quartet will sing the national anthem prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 28.

The Pure Michigan 400 is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 28. Pre-race and driver introductions will begin at 1 p.m.

The chorus will also sing the national anthem prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 race on Saturday.

The U.S. Army Chorus Quartet’s rendition of the national anthem will follow pre-race and driver introductions both days. Fans will want to be sure to be in their seats for “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The U.S. Army Chorus Quartet has performed across the country and at some of the most prestigious locations. The rendition is sure to be an unforgettable performance.

“We are honored to have the U.S. Army Chorus Quartet perform the national anthem for the Pure Michigan 400 and Careers for Veterans 200,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “There is no better group to perform the national anthem than these soldiers. We are looking forward to their performance and we are sure the fans will enjoy it, as well.”

The U.S. Army Chorus Quartet is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016. The group is celebrating with concerts that include a reunion of past members, many of whom have had successful careers in music education and as soloists on Broadway and opera stages around the world.

The U.S. Army Chorus Quartet was established in 1956 and maintained a reputation of excellence in the performance of male choral literature. Currently, the U.S. Army Chorus Quartet is one of the only professional male choruses. Beyond the traditional military music and patriotic standards, the U.S. Army Chorus Quartet covers a broad spectrum which includes pop, Broadway, folk and classical music. The Army Chorus performs frequently at the White House, the Vice President’s Residence, the U.S. Capitol and the State Department.

Most of the members of the Army Chorus, hold advanced degrees in music, are selected from among the nation’s finest musicians.

For more information about The U.S. Army Chorus Quartet, visit http://www.usarmyband.com/chorus/the-us-army-chorus.html .

Michigan International Speedway’s own Lisa Bascom will perform the Canadian National Anthem prior to both the Pure Michigan 400 and Career for Veterans 200. She will keep with the track’s tradition in recognizing its Canadian guests.

In addition, two F-16s from the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard will perform a flyover at the conclusion of the National Anthem before the Pure Michigan 400.

Today's 180th Fighter Wing was formed in October 1995, but its origins stretch back to August 18, 1917 when the 112th Aero Squadron was organized as a supply unit at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas. Ten years later in 1927, the 112th moved to the Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Ohio where they became known as the 112th Observation Squadron flying a wide range of aircraft throughout the late 1920s and 1930's including the PT-1, BT-1, the O-2 and the O-11. In 1940 the unit was regrouped as the 112th Liaison Squadron. During that time, the 112th was activated in support of World War II. During this time Lt. Col. Addison Baker, a B-24 Liberator pilot received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during the raids on the oil fields at Ploesti, Romania. After the war, the unit was reorganized as the 112th Bombardment Squadron (Light), flying Douglas A-26 Invaders and they were once activated at Lawson Field, Georgia in support of the Korean Conflict in 1950. After the conflict was over, the unit returned to Ohio as an Air National Guard Fighter Bomber Squadron flying P-51 Mustangs at the Akron-Canton Airport. 

The Breitling Jet Team will do a flyover after the command to start engines. The Breitling Jet Team is made up of seven L-39C Albatros aircraft. These magnificent planes represent an excellent compromise between performance, aesthetics, reliability and operating costs. To accentuate their powerful, taut and dynamic appearance, Breitling has equipped them with a black, anthracite gray and metal gray livery perfectly reflecting their spectacular feats – while also improving the visibility of the breathtaking feats they perform. A bold, high-impact design in which each pilot’s number appears in an extremely original way, tightly framed and cropped to follow the shape of the wings and ailerons. Another spectacular detail lies in the dark shade of their fuselage, which creates a vivid contrast with the metal gray of the underside of the wings and sometimes makes the jets look almost like missiles when viewed from the ground.

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