Oregon, Hawaii Army bands unite for special Astoria concert

ASTORIA — “Oregon’s Own” 234th Army Band’s “Empire Builders” Concert Band, in conjunction with “Hawaii’s Own” 111th Army Band, will perform a free public concert at Astoria High School, 3 p.m. Saturday, July 7.

Chief Warrant Officers Ashley Alexander Curtis Hiyane conducts an exciting program featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein, John Williams and Steven Reineke, as well as vocal selections from “Moana,” “The Greatest Showman,” the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” military marches and patriotic selections.

“Oregon’s Own” 234th Army Band is a 40‑member unit of the Oregon National Guard based in Clackamas. The band performs as a full concert band as well as several smaller ensembles for military and civilian audiences throughout Oregon and beyond.

Organized in 1919, the band was inducted into federal service in 1940 and participated in the Luzon, New Guinea and Southern Philippine Campaigns during World War II, earning the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. The band was designated the 234th Army Band in 1947.

Members of the band hail from Oregon and Washington and meet several times monthly to rehearse and complete military training. The band is led by Chief Warrant Officer Ashley Alexander and 1st Sgt. Tasha Cruz.

For more information, or to request the 234th Army Band for a performance, contact SFC Josh Yost at joshua.c.yost.mil@mail.mil or 503‑683‑5423. You can also find the band online at facebook.com/234tharmyband.

• 3 p.m. Sunday, July 8: “General Dischord” and “Clos du Vent,” a free public performance, Birkenfeld Theater, Clatskanie.

• 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8: “45 Away” and “Na Koa,” Long Beach Summer Festival,

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