The U.S. Army Orchestra is the only ensemble of its kind in the U.S. Army and serves as one of the premier combination-elements of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” A large ensemble of world-class musicians, its roster incorporates members of The U.S. Army Strings and The U.S. Army Concert Band, as well as other elements of “Pershing’s Own.”
The U.S. Army Orchestra performs works from a diverse repertoire at some of the nation’s finest venues, including New York City’s Trinity Church on Wall Street; Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Alexandria, Virginia; Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, Maryland; Vienna Presbyterian Church, Vienna, Virginia; The Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda, Maryland; and Brucker Hall—headquarters of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” on Fort Myer, Arlington, Virginia.
This outstanding orchestra performs for major events throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Notable performances include the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance at Washington National Cathedral; the dedication of the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall; and at the Lincoln Memorial as part of the 56th Inaugural activities for President Obama with a Joint Forces Orchestra. The Army Orchestra travels annually with other active-duty soldiers from the U.S. Military District of Washington to bring “Spirit of America” to communities around the country—a performance that highlights the history of military service in America through music and live reenactments. This production has taken the Army Orchestra across the country to Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, Michigan, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, North Carolona, and South Carolina, drawing thousands of audience members to each show.
During the summer season, The U.S. Army Orchestra can be heard on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and in numerous local indoor venues. In 2006, the orchestra organized a Young Artist Competition for aspiring high school musicians in the metropolitan DC area. The winner of the competition is a featured soloist with the orchestra at a major area concert hall and, along with the finalists, is honored with an invitation to perform within the orchestra at the event. This annual competition draws the most talented and promising young students from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.