Military band concert coming up

NEW ULM — New Ulm Public High School will be occupied by the 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Concert Band this week.

On Friday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. in the performing arts center of the high school, the concert band will perform for free. Afterward, members will go to the American Legion Post 132 for a meet and greet. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“They are going to be playing music from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and to the present Iraqi war and they will play some other military songs,” Will Burdorf, a former VFW post commander, said. “They are going to play popular music during those eras.”

The 50-piece concert band will be directed by Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Stordalen, Commander. They will make a second appearance Saturday, Aug. 19, at Sleepy Eye’s Buttered Corn Days parade beginning at 6 p.m.

The Friday concert is sponsored by the American Legion Post 132, VFW post 1648 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15.

The 34th Infantry Division Band was officially formed April 30, 1900, and has served for over 114 years.

“Red Bull” comes from the division’s insignia which features a steer skull imposed onto an Olla — a Mexican cooking pot, according to the Minnesota national guard website.

The insignia is a reference to harsh training conditions at Camp Cody, New Mexico. The 34th trained there in 1917 before being deployed to Europe.

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