Fire Can't Stop NC Army Band

It will take more than a fire that destroyed their instruments and uniforms to stop the 82nd Airborne Division Band from its annual Independence Day concert in North Carolina.

Multiple media outlets report the band plans to play on after Friday's fire. But they need some help.

Fort Bragg spokesman Col. Kevin Arata says the 50-member band would love to borrow instruments, as well as sheet music for the "1812 Overture" and other patriotic songs for its Sunday show. The band doesn't even have music stands anymore.

Anyone who can help is asked to e-mail the band master, Chief Warrant Officer Russ Houser, at russ.houser(at)

No one was hurt in the fire at Fort Bragg. The band had left the building after a rehearsal about an hour before the blaze.

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