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Army Ground Forces Band unable to perform at UNCW due to government shutdown

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The shutdown of the federal government is making an impact on the UNCW Wind Symphony.

The Army Ground Forces Band, stationed at Fort Bragg, was scheduled to perform in a joint concert with the Wind Symphony Thursday. Now the Army ensemble must cancel due to lack of funding.

The concert will still be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Kenan Auditorium featuring the Wind Sympony and Chamber Winds. Tickets are $5 to the public; free to UNCW students.

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The shutdown is making an impact on the wind symphony?

That's a bit of a stretch there Timmy.

The armed forces have about a gazillion bands with paid professional musicians. All of their salaries are coming right out of the pockets of hardworking Americans.

I don't recall ever having signed up to spend my tax dollars on some Army band playing at UNCW in the first place.

Instead of trying to show how the shutdown affects non essential stuff like this concert, why don't you write a piece showing what a waste of money all of these frivolities really are?

Guest 10101 is un cultured and needs a history re-boot

Music has been part of military service for as long as we have had military service. Especially since WWI! Military commanders understood the needs for music groups in support of troops and as outreach to the citizens of the US. This is not frivolous!! What IS frivolous are small minds like yours who likely believe the military serves one purpose, and one purpose only. That kind if thinking comes from our culture believing that music only entertains; we have forgotten that it is one of the highest forms of art the truly reflects society. And, to be fair, there are NO community ensembles that play at such a professional level that can act as role models for our younger citizens. These people are dedicated, quality role models, that would be a welcome breath of air to many parents looking for such quality people. So lighten up "guest"! Bring on the music!!

who cares

about a military band?? the silly army band & the silly marine faux rifle twirlers are an embarrassment. tax dollars should pay for useful military personnel, not frivolity like this. everytime i see the marines or army marching or doing the majorette thing i feel sorry for them. especially when teenagers from the Citadel outclass our adult marine and army teams.
all the silly band stuff/ rifle flipping from both services is a silly waste. get real jobs.
got no love for the uniform guys on this one.

apparently you

got too much time on your hands? I guess you must care enough to stop and write a comment about the article. Too bad you couldn't use that energy to do something productive instead. Talk about a waste.