Duty, Honor, Country: A Salute to the American Soldier

Duty, Honor, Country: A Salute to the American Soldier

by U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
     
 

With Altissimo!'s Duty, Honor, Country, General "Stormin'" Norman Schwarzkopf makes his unlikely debut as a recording artist in Harold Walters' piece of that title, which is taken from the motto of West Point and utilizes a narrated text derived from a speech by General Douglas MacArthur. While Schwarzkopf does not exactlySee more details below

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With Altissimo!'s Duty, Honor, Country, General "Stormin'" Norman Schwarzkopf makes his unlikely debut as a recording artist in Harold Walters' piece of that title, which is taken from the motto of West Point and utilizes a narrated text derived from a speech by General Douglas MacArthur. While Schwarzkopf does not exactly have the awe-inspiring, stentorian and slightly hypnotic voice that MacArthur possessed (who does?), he does a respectable job of fitting the words to the right places in the music and imbuing the reading with his own distinctive and easily recognizable parlance. Not every four-star American general is pleased to be pressed into such service, and it appears that Schwarzkopf enjoyed this assignment -- not as earth-shattering an event as defeating Saddam Hussein's long range tanks, but one that is likely to satisfy and entertain his many admirers. The rest of the disc, performed by the U.S. Army Field Band under Colonel Finley R. Hamilton, is very good, even excellent in spots. The performances are as nice and crisp as a good West Point Cadet's uniform, although the jig "Garry Owen" could have been a touch faster. There are many soldiers that will relish having a recording to listen to of vocal selections such as "The Corps" and "Dogface Soldier," numbers that are sung with regularity in the U.S. military but seldom heard outside it. The program that Hamilton has mapped out here is a nice blend of elements, not just a string of the same old marches, nor too exotic, and avoids the kind of military concert program one might sit through on a hot summer day that tends to be a bit on the boring side. Altissimo!'s sound is bright, immediate, and powerful; it will make the listener want to stand at attention.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2006
Label:
Altissimo Records
UPC:
0754422558426
catalogNumber:
225584
Rank:
146022

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Tracks

  1. West Point March for band  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
  2. The Corps, march for band  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
  3. American Salute, for orchestra  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
  4. Tenting On the Old Campground  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
  5. Fantasia on The Army Blue, for band  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
  6. Black Jack, march for band  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
  7. West Point Medley: The Official West Point March (Philip Egner); Alma M  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
  8. The All-American Soldier, for chorus & band (82nd Airborne Division)  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
  9. Duty, Honor, Country (after General MacArthur's "Reminiscenses"), for n  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
  10. Dogface Soldier, for chorus & band  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
  11. Garryowen, for chorus & band (1st Cavalry) (after a traditional Irish m  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
  12. The Battle Hymn of the Republic ("Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory," words by  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
  13. God Bless America, song  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
  14. Armed Forces Medley  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
  15. The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band  -  U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus   Primary Artist
Mark Wood   Trumpet
Robert Lambert   Trumpet
Daniel Nevins   Trumpet
Charles Garrett   Trombone
Shadrick Smith   Clarinet
William Elliott   Percussion
Aaron Kadrmas   Trombone
Scott Cameron   Tuba
Robert Cherry   French Horn
Douglas Arnold Cox   Tenor (Vocal)
Allen Bishop   Bass (Vocal)
Jeffrey Woods   Bass (Vocal)
Nathan Smith   Clarinet
Michael Hill Johnston   Trumpet
Daniel Hopkins   Tenor (Vocal)
Stephen Albritton   Bass (Vocal)
Robert Barnett   Tenor (Vocal)
Cynthia Bartolomeo   English Horn,Oboe
Tom Bartolomeo   French Horn
Kendra Boettcher   Flute
J. Daniel Bowlds   Bassoon
Mark Bowling   Trombone
Courtney Hershey Bress   Harp
James Burge   Saxophone
Donald Burleson   Euphonium
Martha Canipe   Soprano (Vocal)
Victor Cenales   Bass (Vocal)
Jacqueline Clarys   Soprano (Vocal)
Sheila Connor   Saxophone
Laura Dause   Soprano (Vocal)
Joel Dulyea   Tenor (Vocal)
Thomas Enokian   Percussion
Maryann Fiaschetti   Soprano (Vocal)
William Gabbard   Tenor (Vocal)
Jean Gould   E-flat Clarinet
Stephen Gresko   Clarinet
Finley R. Hamilton   Conductor
Steven Hearn   Clarinet,Percussion
James Heffernan   Clarinet
Kurt Hider   Oboe
Janet Hjelmgren   Soprano (Vocal)
Scott Holbert   Trumpet
W. David Hough   Bass Trombone
James Hutson   Bass (Vocal)
Raymond Irving   String Bass
United States Army Field Band   Band,Ensemble
H. Norman Schwarzkopf   Narrator,Spoken Word
United States Army Soldiers' Chorus   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Philip J. Lang   Arranger
David Sellers   Liner Notes
Carl Fischer   Composer
Alan Wonneberger   Mastering
Peter J. Wilhousky   Arranger
Bill Farrar   Graphic Design
Ken Hart   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Scott Bauer   Engineer
McCree   Executive Producer
Julia Ward Howe   Composer
Philip Egner   Composer
Ripley Arnold   Composer
Jeffrey Corbett   Engineer
Tedd Griepentrog   Liner Notes
Finley R. Hamilton   Contributor
Richard Wilson   Liner Notes
Lucius O'Brien   Composer
Robert A. McCormic   Producer
Jeremy Kern   Cover Photo
Paul Reinecke   Composer
Richard Wilson   Liner Notes

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