The 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard (C.O.N.G.) is holding free concerts in Grand Junction and other western Colorado communities this month.

The group consists of seven different ensembles who perform a variety of music including patriotic, jazz, popular, country, rock, and Dixieland. The members come from all over Colorado and meet to practice and rehearse in Aurora.

2016 marks the 78th anniversary of the citizen-soldier group who represent the state of Colorado and the United States Army providing ceremonial music and entertainment at venues throughout the state.

The Western Slope series includes two concerts in Grand Junction. The first is on Monday (June 20) at 7 p.m. at the Avalon Theater. The show is free and seating is open and available on a first come basis. This concert will feature the band performing patriotic music and a special musical salute to all branches of the military.

The second free Grand Junction show is 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday (June 21) featuring the County and Western Band in an outdoor performance at the Veterans Art Center at 12th Street and Ute Avenue.

Other free Colorado shows include;

  • June 19, 2p.m. - 101st Army Concert Band at Ute Theater and Event Center in Rifle.
  • June 21, 2:30 p.m. - 101st Army Winds Ensemble at Rifle VA Home
  • June 21, 6 p.m. - 101st Army Dixieland Band at Cedaredge Town Park
  • June 22, 7 p.m. - 101st Army Concert Band at Montrose Pavillion
  • June 23, 11:30 a.m. - 101st Army Winds Ensemble at Grand Junction VA Medical Center
  • June 23, 6 p.m. - 101st Army Rock and Country Bands at Centennial Plaza in Montrose

The 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard is also holding free concerts in other towns around Colorado through June 26 and a special Independence Eve concert on July 3 at Civic Center Park in Denver.

[101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard]