Archive for July 2015

The 257th Army Band Concert

The 257th Army Band, “The Band of the Nation’s Capital”, is coming to Alexandria for a FREE concert Sunday, August 2nd at 6:00 PM! The performance will feature “All Entertainment” – music from the stage, the screen and the ring! Bringing your own chair is recommended or you can sit on the bench seating surrounding the square.

So, what exactly is the Army Band?

Also known as “Pershing’s Own”, the United States Army Band is the premier musical organization of the United States Army. The Band was founded in 1922 by Army Chief of Staff General of the Armies John J. “Black Jack” to emulate European military bands he heard during World War I.

The heritage of The 257th is honorable and includes performances such as Inaugural Music Support for the Inauguration of President Obama, burial of the Unknown Solider in 1921, musical support for the state funeral of Presidents Harding and Kennedy and overseas deployments to Greece and Panama. Annual trainings in 2003 and 2004 included unprecedented, consecutive performances at The Great American Brass Band Festival and community relations performances in the national capital region. Concert tours conducted from 2001 through 2013 include the north eastern and eastern regional states, central Texas, Jamaica (2012) and the US Virgin Islands (2013).

Although centrally located among the finest military bands in the world, The 257th Army Band was officially recognized, upon request by CW3 Sheila Klotz, by the Center for Military History in 2004 as “The Band of the Nation’s Capital”.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

https://youtu.be/w3Y-rUw6ECk?t=4m30s

When searching for a DC area hotel, you will definitely want to check out Holiday Day Inn Express Alexandria-Fort Belvoir! With our award winning service and top-notch DC area hotel amenities, we are here to meet your every need. So, get out and see the 257th Army Band and enjoy The Band of The Nation’s Capital!

Move over America, It’s Alexandria’s Birthday

Every year, the city of Alexandria celebrates its own birthday in a very special way. Instead of hosting a Fourth of July fireworks show, the city annually waits until the following Saturday to host the biggest party of the year celebrating both. This year is no different and Saturday, July 11th, will be another one for the record books!

The annual event includes children’s activities, a performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake and a fireworks extravaganza. Lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic (snacks) are encouraged but there will also be food available for purchase!

The celebration will run from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. (or until the fireworks run out) at Oronoco Bay Park along the Potomac River between Fairfax, Pendleton and Madison Streets.

A closer look at the schedule:

7:30 – The Town Crier Announces Mayor William D. Euille, presentation of Park and Recreation Comission’s CIVIC Awards
8:00 – Birthday Cake
8:30 – Performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
9:30 – Fireworks, featuring the “1812 Oveture” with Cannon Support by the United States Marine Corps

The city of Alexandria is an integral part of American history. Founded in 1749, Alexandria was the hometown of George Washington and Robert E. Lee and was widely known to be one of the busiest ports in all of America.

This year’s event will be extra special as it kicks off the first ever Alexandria Live Music Week!

If you and your family missed out on celebrating 4th of July or simply just love a good time, Alexandria will be the place to be this weekend! It’s not too late to book your Alexandria hotel room and you can even explore the Capital too!