U.S. Army Blues Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

US Army Band
Ignacio Berroa

Hispanic Heritage Month Concerts

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from 15 September – 15 October to celebrate the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. September 15th was chosen as the starting point for Hispanic Heritage Month because it is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Music plays an integral role in Hispanic culture and Latin music has heavily influenced American Jazz.

Join The U.S. Army Blues as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with performances featuring this iconic style.

Sunday, September 18 at 3:00 pm
Brucker Hall, Fort Myer, VA
400 McNair Rd.
Fort Myer, VA 22211

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month–This performance will feature guest artist Ignacio Berroa, drummer for Dizzy Gillespie.

Pre-Concert Presentation: Beginning at 2:15, please attend the screening of Ignacio Berroa’s “Afro-Cuban Jazz and beyond”- a video teaching presentation, overview of development of Afro-Cuban music and its influence in jazz.”

Note: Fort Myer is a secure military installation. Government-Issued photo ID is required for access for individuals over 18 years of age. Please allow at least 30 minutes of additional time to pass through security. This event will be live web broadcast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUB12QU9S3I

Friday, September 23 at 6:00 pm
Arlington Mill Community Center Plaza
909 S Dinwiddie St.
Arlington, VA 22204

The U.S. Army Blues Latin Combo will present the music of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, with guest artist Staff Sgt. Juan Quiñones of the West Point Band on trumpet, vocals, and congas. This concert is outdoors; please check the Army Band Facebook page for weather announcements: http://www.facebook.com/usarmyband

For more information about The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” please visit: www.usarmyband.com