Regent Celebrates Armed Forces Day
Among the annual holidays celebrating the United States military is
the lesser-known Armed Forces Day on May 18. This year, Regent
University's Robertson School of Government (RSG) and School of
Communication & the Arts (SCA) hosted the Army Training and Doctrine
Command (TRADOC) Band for a public concert honoring those who dedicate
their lives to military service.
"I am proud that Regent is routinely ranked as one of the top
military-friendly universities in the country," said RSG dean, Dr. Eric
Patterson. "I take this seriously because I am an officer in the Air
The concert was held in the Main Theatre of the Performing Arts Center
before several hundred members of the Regent and Hampton Roads
communities and was developed to help celebrate RSG's 30th anniversary
and affirm the university's commitment to serving those who serve their
"Armed Forces Day is a forgotten, but important, holiday," Patterson
added. "Regent should be leading Virginia Beach in celebrating this
important day on an annual basis, and that is our intent moving
The concert featured patriotic and Americana music, both classic and
contemporary. "The TRADOC Band Commander and I both think the concert
went extraordinarily well," said the band's Executive Officer and
Associate Bandmaster, First Lieutenant Silas Huff. "We heard remarkable
feedback from audience members who were moved and found the performance
The TRADOC Band's Armed Forces Day program honors service members past
and present with special consideration for current events and the
anniversaries of conflicts throughout history in its song selection.
Each composition is chosen to tell a chapter of the United States Armed
"Part of the mission of Army Bands (when we're not playing ceremonies,
or concerts for Army families at home and abroad) is to foster the
support of our citizens and promote our national interests," said Huff.
"The TRADOC Band's concerts in Hampton Roads honor servicemen and women
from today and the past, creating a direct link between the general
public and the military."
For the program at Regent, the band played John Williams' "Midway
March," originally composed for a film about the most important battle
of the Pacific Campaign in World War II. Staff Sergeant Holly Schultz
performed "Gabriel's Oboe," accompanied by video footage of wounded
warriors. "The video was a tribute to their sacrifices and struggles,"
Samuel Hazo's "Olympiada," written to capture the intense glory and pain
only the Olympic Games can inspire, was also featured. Sergeant Daniel
Puls sang "Here's to the Heroes," accompanied by images of veterans from
WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
"Our favorite part of our concerts is when we perform the Armed Forces
Medley," Huff reported. "We don't perform it at every concert, but we
perform it often, and we enjoy acknowledging the families members as
they hear their service song played. ...In Virginia Beach, it's fun when
the Navy song starts—it seems like half the audience members jump to
The U.S. Army TRADOC Band is led by Major Leo Peňa and is based at nearby Joint Base Langley-Eustis.
Learn more about Regent's Office of Military & Veterans Affairs.
Learn more about the Robertson School of Government.
Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
Phone: 757.352.4095 Fax: 757.352.4888