“A Capitol Fourth” features performances from some of America's best known celebrities and musical artists:
- Tom Bergeron
- The National Symphony Orchestra
- Jack Everly
- United States Army Presidential Salute Battery
- Choral Arts Society of Washington
- U.S. Army Herald Trumpets
- U.S. Army Ceremonial Band
- Quantico Marine Corps Band
- Military District of Washington
Emmy Award-winning host Tom Bergeron always guarantees his audience a fun and memorable evening with his wit and humor. Bergeron hosts ABC’s hit “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Video.” In 2009, he had more prime time hours on TV than any other host. Bergeron also released his first book, “I’m Hosting as Fast as I Can!: Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in Hollywood,” to rave reviews. Bergeron began his broadcasting career in 1972 in his hometown of Haverhill, Massachusetts. He spent over a decade with WBZ-TV in Boston, hosting a number of popular shows. In 1994, he became host of “Breakfast Time” on FX, which came “Fox After Breakfast,” when it moved to the FOX network. He became a fill-in anchor on “Good Morning America” in 1997, before he segued to “Hollywood Squares” in 1998. During that time, Bergeron kept busy as a fill-in anchor on CBS' “The Early Show” and hosted “Supper Club” for Planet Green. He can now be seen hosting ABC's “America's Funniest Home Videos” and ABC's #1 hit “Dancing with the Stars,” and continues to be a guest correspondent for “Good Morning America.” He has been chosen as one of the first class of inductees to the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame at Massasoit College. In between projects, Bergeron has hosted everything from the “60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” and “Miss America Pageant,” to the “33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” and the “Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s 28th College Television Awards Gala.” Bergeron spends a lot of his free time volunteering his services for several charity events. He was the national celebrity spokesperson for March of Dimes March for Babies and was awarded their March of Dimes Special President’s Award for Volunteer Excellence. He’s has also been involved in the Muscular Dystrophy Association and acted as the host of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Bergeron enjoys running and riding his bike on the beach. He splits his time between Connecticut and California and lives with his wife and two daughters.
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The National Symphony Orchestra of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, led by Principal Conductor Iván Fischer and Music Director Designate Christoph Eschenbach, is recognized not only nationally but also internationally, and is considered one of the world's finest ensembles. The Orchestra, in its 81st season (2011-12), maintains a busy concert schedule in this country and abroad, performing approximately 175 concerts each season, including a classical subscription series, pops concerts, a summer series at Wolf Trap, and one of the nation’s most varied and extensive educational programs. The National Symphony is particularly distinguished for its commitment to the music and musicians of this country. This is exemplified through several innovative projects, among them the American Residency program, which has so far taken the National Symphony to 21 states performing concerts and providing educational services, with all proceeds benefiting artistic organizations in the local states. Through the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund, the Orchestra has commissioned more than 60 works by American composers. Two have earned Pulitzer Prizes, and the series also includes cycles of fanfares and encores, which, taken as a whole, are representative of the diverse influences in American composition today. The Orchestra provides free public concerts on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, as well as at other venues around the Washington, D.C. area. For more information on the National Symphony’s programs, please visit http://www.nationalsymphony.org.
Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Baltimore and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa). This season he makes his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at the Hollywood Bowl, returns to The Cleveland Orchestra and appears as guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Fort Worth and Phoenix. Originally appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Everly was conductor of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) for 14 years, where he served as music director. In addition to his ABT tenure, he has teamed with Marvin Hamlisch in Broadway shows that Hamlisch scored, including The “Goodbye Girl,” “They’re Playing Our Song and A Chorus Line.” He conducted Carol Channing in two separate Broadway productions of “Hello, Dolly!” In television and film, Everly has appeared on In Performance at the White House and conducted the songs for Disney’s animated classic “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” He has been music director on numerous Broadway cast recordings and conducted the critically praised “Everything’s Coming Up Roses: The Overtures of Jule Styne.” Daniel Rodriguez’s In the Presence, with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Prague and conducted by Everly, was released in 2005. In 1998, Everly created the Symphonic Pops Consortium (SPC) and serves as music director. The Consortium, based in Indianapolis, produces a new theatrical pops program each season. In the past ten years, more than 225 performances of SPC programs have taken place across the U.S. and Canada, including this season’s “Mysterioso: Music, Magic & Mayhem.” Maestro Everly holds an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Franklin College in his home state of Indiana.
The 3rd U.S. Infantry Salute Guns Platoon is responsible for rendering honors to visiting foreign dignitaries and heads of state at the White House, the Pentagon and elsewhere in the Washington D.C., area. The platoon also fires the final salutes during many funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. The guns platoon is the only unit of its kind in the Army, and its busy schedule includes more than 300 ceremonies each year.
For more information, please visit: http://www.army.mil/.
Now entering its 47th season, The Choral Arts Society of Washington, under the leadership of its founder and artistic director Norman Scribner, is one of the major symphonic choruses in the United States. Consisting of more than 180 professional-caliber volunteer singers, The Choral Arts Society of Washington has performed under the world’s leading conductors and symphony orchestras, recorded a number of acclaimed CDs and toured nationally and internationally. The chorus is regularly called upon to help inaugurate presidents, honor world leaders, celebrate national holidays and participate in televised performances. For more information, visit: http://www.choralarts.org
The United States Army Herald Trumpets is the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States. Founded in 1959 and patterned after traditional British “fanfare” trumpet ensembles, The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets was formed to add splendor to official military ceremonies. A performing element of The United States U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C., the ensemble has performed for countless events of national and international significance. These include twelve presidential inaugurals, the “G8” Economic Summits in 1984, 1990 and 2004, the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations and, most recently, the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI at the White House in April 2008. In addition to its official duties, The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets has performed in the opening ceremonies for the 1980 and 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the 1984 Summer Olympic Games and the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The ensemble has also performed at such nationally and internationally televised events as Super Bowl XXXIX, The Kennedy Center Honors and the relighting of the Statue of Liberty. The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets has been featured with orchestras from around the world, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops and the Cincinnati Pops. For more information, visit www.usarmyband.com/herald_trumpets/
The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has been the premier musical organization of the U.S. Army since 1922. Army Chief of Staff General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing founded the band, emulating European military bands he had heard during the First World War. “Pershing’s Own” continues to play an important role in events of national and international significance, and leads every inaugural parade, a tradition begun in 1925 with the inauguration of President Calvin Coolidge. Since its original organization, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band has grown to meet a wide range of commitments. While the Ceremonial Band’s primary mission is to support over 2,000 military funerals each year in Arlington National Cemetery, the band performs other missions of national and international importance. These missions include wreath-laying ceremonies by heads of state and other foreign dignitaries at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, monthly retirement parades, special reviews, and arrival and departure honors for foreign dignitaries at the White House and Pentagon. Recent major events include 2005 Presidential Inaugural festivities, the State Funerals of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and ceremonies honoring Her Majesty The Queen of England Elizabeth II during her visit to the United States in May 2007. The 70 musicians of The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band come from some of the most prestigious music conservatories and universities in the country. Beyond their ceremonial roles, members of The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band routinely display their versatility and superb musicianship while performing with other elements of The U.S. Army Band, in chamber group performances, on recital programs, and as soloists for summer concerts. Commitments performed by The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band are an integral and indispensable part of the overall mission of “Pershing’s Own” and are some of the most visible missions performed by The United States Army Band. For more information, visit: http://www.usarmyband.com/ceremonial_band/the_us_army_ceremonial_band.html.
Established in 1918, the Quantico Marine Corps Band is one of the oldest professional musical ensembles in the Marine Corps. The unit is comprised of combat-trained active duty Marines who, upon completion of demanding military and musical training, are selected to perform as musical ambassadors of America’s premier military force. The Band is comprised of a ceremonial band and concert band equipped to provide musical support as directed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Commander of Marine Corps Base, Quantico. With an authorized strength of one officer and 50 enlisted Marines, the band has performed at many recognized civilian events; including the Super Bowl XLI Pregame Show, the 9/11 Memorials at Carnegie Hall and the Town Arts Theatre, Times Square, the Macy’s Thanksgiving and Columbus Day Parades in New York City, numerous consecutive appearances at The Virginia International Tattoo, and the Opening Ceremony for the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The Band’s mission is to provide musical support that will encourage community relations, enhance troop morale, and promote the Marine Corps recruiting program through its demanding performance schedule. The Quantico Marine Corps Band has received numerous military and civilian citations, letters of commendation and letters of appreciation. The group entertains audiences performing classic to contemporary pieces at more than 350 performances annually across the Eastern Seaboard, covering more than 50,000 miles. For more information visit: http://www.quantico.usmc.mil/activities/?Section=BAND.
The Military District of Washington works with Capital Concerts in coordinating the Department of Defense participation of the Premier Service Bands and Service Honor Guards.