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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  • by Fan Of The Voice on Jul 6, 2010 at 07:46 PM
    It is stunning to see so many of you "Proud AMERICANs" assulting and making false accusations on someone who is simply voicing an opinion. I personally know "The Voice"."The Voice" is college educated, has a VERY well paying career, and is a staunch progressive. "The Voice" does not support the military, is an agnostic, and does not buy the the "god bless the usa" garbage that the majority of people in this godforesaken state actually believe. talk about good ol', american hypocracy. Only your opinions count. Anyone different from you trailer park rejects is automatically the enemy of your "god" and of this failed republic.
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    to "the voice" Hitler was a voice also. You must not be mature enough to understand or you are the next 911 pilot. My Bible is the inspired word of God. No, he didn't promise me that I would be cinderella, but I have felt his loving touch in many situations. My God is real. I pray for people in your sad situation. By the way, catch the next boat to Cuba. You certainly don't deserve freedom. After a few weeks there, you may very well fall to your knees also.
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    Enjoy your 4th. I am not a bible thumper by any means.Maybe you and I can "meet" one day. I promise you will learn a lesson. Let me guess, no job, and a punk college brat.
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    where?, your "bible" is not a history book. It is a book of fairy tales. How can "God" win when there is no such thing to being with? No one cares about your so-called "heroes", either.
  • by Music Ed Major Location: Edenton on Jul 3, 2010 at 07:15 PM
    :( This is sad! Music is life!
  • by where? on Jul 3, 2010 at 04:49 PM
    Where are the comments about the young men and women that are sadden at the loss of the instruments? They are trying to borrow instuments to play the the songs to solute the many that have served and the ones that have fallen to give me and you freedom. The attitudes of our society does not deserve freedom. Our choir can not even sing the patriotic songs tomorrow. Our demoniation does not believe it is fitting in church. Guess what, I don't have to hide my Bible because of my freedom. Guess what, the same group of people in that denomiation thinks my Bible is a history book. Why don't I get out? I am fighting the denomination because I was raised in that church. God will win. He always has. GOD BLESS THE USA.

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