The album, which presents soldiers’ stories through music created by legendary Hollywood composers like John Williams and Max Steiner, includes both traditional patriotic works and pieces torn straight from the big screen and silver screen. In showcasing these military stories, the band hopes to strengthen Americans’ connection to the Army through music in an age during which very few serve.
“I remember the moment on our first take of The Jedi Steps and Finale. We had been playing everything exceedingly well the previous four days, but when we reached the main “Star Wars” theme, I could feel “The Force.” While that sounds silly, I could actually feel the connection of perhaps the most iconic theme of our living generation in America- and it was emotional and fantastic all at the same time. Wow. I remember after the first take going back to the studio expecting the predictable criticisms and conversations about balance, mistakes, and all that stuff…and instead there was a larger crowd than usual in the studio and everyone was smiling, and nothing was said for a long time. Just a lot of knowing glances as we realized that there is nothing like hearing that music in that studio played like that.”
Col. Jim R. Keene, conductor