|FORT McCOY, Wis. (88th Regional Support Command Public
Affairs Office) — The 451st Army Reserve Band from Fort Snelling, Minn.,
played concerts in Eau Claire, Wis., and Chippewa Falls, Wis., Nov. 11
in honor of Veterans Day.
The 451st Army Reserve Band
stands for applause from the crowd at Chippewa Falls High School
in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Nov. 11.
(Photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Gorzek)
The goal of the concerts was to educate, inspire and entertain, said
1st Sgt. Cheryl Wason of the 451st. The concerts also are a recruiting
tool for the Army, she added.
The Eau Claire concert was held at Minnesota Wire during its third
annual Veterans Day barbecue.
About 500 attended the barbecue, said Brian Wagner, the plant manager at
The Chippewa Falls concert was held at Chippewa Falls High School for
the city’s Veterans Day observance. The band played a combination of
classical, military, and pop music. Members of the band play concerts on
a monthly basis, Wason said.
A full ensemble with all 34 members happens every few months. The band
can be sent out modularly, she said. Sometimes a four-Soldier rock group
will play, or a woodwind trio will play depending on the mission, she
The 451st has played many different venues. Members play regular
concerts at the Mall of America in Minneapolis; North Heights Church in
Arden Hills, Minn.; Fort Benning, Ga.; and have toured in Germany and
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Daniel Eckhoff, the 451st commander, said the
band is on the edge of a breakthrough to better things. He said he was
looking forward to what the band can do.
Wason said the band’s next big venue is the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
in New York City in March 2011. The 451st is one of six Army Reserve
Bands providing Soldiers for a combined 250 Soldiers to march in the
parade, she said.