<a href=”http://www.usafband.af.mil/ensembles/BandEnsembleBio.asp?EnsembleID=63″>The Singing Sergeants</a>, a popular men’s chorus formed from the rank and file of the U.S. Air Force in 1945, is still thriving and presenting more than 200 performances across the United States every year.
<a href=”https://music.usu.edu/faculty/faculty_directory/Jessop”>Dr. Craig Jessop</a>, dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, fondly recalls his own days as a Singing Sergeant prior to becoming conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Jessop, a retired Lt. Colonel, said a “Retired Singing Sergeants Reunion Grand Gala Concert” is planned for Saturday, June 24, in the <a href=”https://cca.usu.edu/about/cca_venues/caine_perfhall”>Caine Performance Hall at USU</a>. He said the program will be conducted by retired <a href=”http://www.colgabriel.com/”>Col Arnald Gabriel</a>.
“He landed at Normandy on D-day as an 18-year-old machine gunner, and he is one of the most remarkable men,” Jessop said. “He just turned 92 on Memorial Day. He’ll be flying in from Washington, DC to be a very special guest conductor.”
The concert will start at 7:30 p.m., and <a href=”http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=1145973″>tickets</a> are $10/each. Jessop said the retired Singing Sergeants will perform music such as a medley of Irving Berlin’s most loved numbers, music from the 50’s, patriotic music and songs of the Air Force.