PENDLETON - Oregon's Own 234 Army Band will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Vert Auditorium on Southwest Dorion Ave., next to City Hall in Pendleton.

Tickets to the performance can be picked up at the Pendleton EO office at 211 S.E. Byers Ave., or the Hermiston EO office at 333 E. Main St. There's no charge for the tickets, which will guarantee seats at the event.

The concert is the third in a summer series performed as a tribute to the citizens of Oregon for their support of the Oregon Army and Air National Guard. The performance is throughout the state. It features many styles of music including marches, concert classics, big band jazz and rock and roll.

The 234 Army Band is based on Portland's National Guard Air Base and draws its members from throughout Oregon and Washington. The band is led by Unit Commander/Bandmaster Chief Warrant Officer James Powell of Oregon City and First Sgt. James Lanford of Salem.

The band was first organized in 1919 and was inducted into federal service in 1949. The unit saw World War II service in the South Pacific and received participation credit for the Luzon, New Guinea and Southern Philippines. The band also received the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.

The group has received the Superior Unit Citation for 10 consecutive years, and is the only unit of the Oregon National Guard to hold this honor. The band has openings for clarinet, guitar, bass guitar, piano and percussion as well as other wind instruments. Those interested in joining the band should call (503) 335-4822, or visit a local Oregon Army National Guard recruiting office.

The performance is sponsored by the East Oregonian, the city of Pendleton and the Oregon National Guard.

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