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188th Army Band to perform anniversary concert

The 188th Army Band recently announced a performance by the Concert Band celebrating the unit's 50th anniversary. The performance, titled "A Tribute to Music of Early America," will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at the Fargo Theatre.

The free concert, which is open to all ages, will be presented to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 188th Army Band and its move to Fargo.

The rich history of the 188th Army Band dates back more than a century in North Dakota, beginning in Valley City in 1887 as the 1st North Dakota Infantry Band. In 1891, the band was moved to Lisbon, N.D., where it remained for more than 65 years. During that time, the band was deployed to France during World War I. When they returned home, they were re-designated the 164th Infantry Band. After World War II, they were re-designated once again as the 294th Army Band. In 1959, the band moved to Fargo where it was re-designated the 188th Army Band.

The 188th Army Band is under the senior leadership of 1st Sgt. Michael Koshney, Fargo. The enlisted conductor of the 188th Army Band is Sgt. 1st Class Donald Nagle, Grand Forks.