Army Band performs Saturday at Yukon’s Christmas in the Park

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The 395th Army Band, a U.S. Army Reserve unit based in Mustang, will perform from 6-8 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 14 as a part of Yukon’s Christmas in the Park. (Photo provided)

The 395th Army Band, a U.S. Army Reserve unit based in Mustang, is set to take the stage from 6-8 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 14 as a part of Yukon’s Christmas in the Park.

Led by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Martin Marks, the band is comprised of several smaller ensembles which enable the unit to cover a wide range of musical styles and genres.

Two of those smaller ensembles will perform, offering two different takes on holiday music.

Soldiers of Soul is the unit’s premiere pop group, covering top hits from across the decades with a focus on music that makes you move.

However, on Saturday, Dec. 14, they will use their talents to transform into a holiday jazz ensemble, utilizing their grooving rhythm section and strong horn line.

People can expect to hear different versions of their favorite holiday tunes.

Street Beats is the unit’s brass band style group. While they typically perform more moving rhythms and wander the area, they’ll put up a stage at Yukon’s Christmas in the Park.

People will hear more traditional holiday carols to go along with the seasonal light display presented by the City of Yukon.

For more information, contact SFC Chip Brewster at Chip.Brewster@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE UNIT

The 395th Army Band was first stood up in August of 1943 as the 95th Division Band. After being created in Louisiana, it was in 1949 that the band was moved to its current region of Oklahoma City.

It wasn’t until 2008 that the band was redesignated the 395th Army Band. Currently under the command of CW4 Martin Marks and 1SG James Riley, the unit is comprised of approximately 40 citizen-soldiers primarily from the greater Oklahoma/Texas region with several traveling from as far as Florida.

Musical groups within the unit include: Concert band, marching band, ceremonial band, jazz combo, rock band, soul group, brass band, woodwind group, and brass quintet.

For more information about Christmas in the Park, visit http://www.yukonok.gov or call 350-8937.