Tryon Palace Hosts Patriotic Outdoor Performance by 440th Army Band

Outdoor concert will be performed Thursday, July 3 on the South Lawn 

NEW BERN, NC – July 3, 2014

Tryon Palace invites the public to captivate its patriotic spirit with a free outdoor performance by the 440th Army Band on Thursday, July 3. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Tryon Palace’s picturesque South Lawn, the Army Band promises to deliver a “pops” concert filled with military marches, contemporary music, classical, and patriotic tunes.

The 440th Army Band has served as the State’s National Guard Band under several designations since the early 1900s. The band was activated in World War II as the 30th Infantry Division Band along with the rest of the North Carolina National Guard as the “Old Hickory Division.” The band served with distinction, landing on the beach at Normandy and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, for which the band carries honors awarded by France and Belgium. The band was re-designated the 440th Army Band in 1973 and currently performs for troops and their families, and for the citizens of North Carolina at ceremonies, public concerts and parades.

The 440th Army Band is comprised of citizen soldiers who in civilian life are college students, educators, businessmen and women, and professional people. The band has earned numerous awards including Outstanding North Carolina National Guard unit and has earned the Eisenhower Trophy three times as an outstanding Army unit.

The 440th currently has 34 members and is now commanded by Chief Warrant Officer/CW2 Linda R. Horton. CW2 Horton is the first female and African American commander of the 440th Army Band. In her civilian life, she is supervisor for the North Carolina National Guard’s Human Resource Office. 

If Tropical Storm Arthur creates adverse weather, the 440th Army Band concert will be moved inside the N.C. History Center. Doors will open at 6:15 and the show will begin at 7 p.m. If this happens, Tryon Palace does not encourage visitors to bring picnics inside the NCHC, but does encourage visitors to bring chairs and blankets. Space will be reduced and available on a first-come basis. 

The 440th Army Band concert will be the second outdoor concert of Tryon Palace’s summer series. The third and final concert of will be the “Where Rivers Meet Summer Jazz Festival,” held Aug. 23 on the South Lawn. Tickets to this inaugural jazz festival are now on sale at

Tryon Palace invites you to bring your own chairs, blankets, and picnics to the outdoor summer concert series, but please leave pets and alcoholic beverages at home. 

For more information please call 252-639-3500 or visit

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Craig Ramey
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Phone: (252) 639-3511

About Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.
Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.
About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. 
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit