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August 15, 2013

Colonial Williamsburg, Merchants Square Celebrate Founding of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17

Merchants Square and Colonial Williamsburg celebrate the founding of the U.S. Constitution with the fifth annual event “To Support and Defend” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 in Merchants Square. Experience a memorable tribute to our Nation’s cherished founding document, the U.S. Constitution. Through powerful, moving music and spoken word, the framework of our nation’s government will be celebrated and honored on the anniversary of its adoption.

The evening program will feature a combined ensemble composed of members of the USAF Heritage of America Band and the USA Training and Doctrine Command Band (TRADOC). Both units are stationed in the Hampton Roads region, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. In addition, the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums will join the bands, bridging more than two centuries of musical performance practice. Selections by the Fifes and Drums along with band works by eminent American composers also will be performed.

The program also features guest narrators including Colonial Williamsburg interpreters Ron Carnegie as George Washington, Bryan Austin as James Madison, and Raymond Jones of WHRO.

“To Support and Defend” is presented free and open to the general public. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. For current information about this free event, go to the Merchants Square website at or call the Merchants Square Events Hotline at (757) 565-8889.

In the event of inclement weather, the rain date will be Wednesday, Sept. 18. Please check for further weather related information.

The Heritage of America Band has a proud tradition of entertaining the American public and promoting esprit de corps within the military. Stationed at Langley Air Force Base, the unit strives to inspire our men and women serving around the world and to tell the Air Force story through the power of music. Consisting of several musical ensembles, the Heritage of America Band performs for more than one million people throughout a six-state region from Pennsylvania to South Carolina each year.

The TRADOC Band represents the dramatic evolution of Army bands since the first recorded American military organization was formed – a fife and drum corps of Ethan Allen’s “Green Mountain Boys” in 1775. The band’s many diverse groups provide musical support to the soldiers and civilians of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command as well as to the citizens of the mid-Atlantic region. A two-time winner of the Col. George S. Howard Citation of Excellence Award and recipient of the Army Superior Unit Award, the TRADOC Band sets the standard for bands in the 21st century.

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Louise Pritchard