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PA National Guard Band to Perform at KU

November 13, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The 28th Division Band of the Pa. National Guard will perform a free concert on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.  The concert is free and open to the public. 

The 28th Division Band, which can trace its lineage back to 1878, is Pennsylvania's oldest music performance group with a history of uninterrupted service of more than 60 years. It was organized as part of the 28th "Keystone" Division Headquarters Company prior to WWII when the 109th, 110th, and 112th Infantry Bands were dissolved. At the beginning of WWII, the band was inducted into federal service and served throughout the war, earning distinction in defense of Wiltz during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. The band's decorations include the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Luxembourg Croix De Guerre.

The band has performed throughout the nation including performances for President Gerald Ford and President Ronald Reagan.  Other noteworthy performances include the Miss America Pageant Parade in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the 500th Anniversary of Columbus' voyage to the Western Hemisphere in Columbus, Ohio.

The 28th "Keystone" Division Band is headquartered at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home and is under the command of 1SG Robert P. Baranik.

Schaeffer Auditorium is located at Main St. and Schaeffer Lane on the campus of Kutztown University.  For more information visit