GA / MILITARY BANDS

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A combined ensemble of musicians from the United States Military Band and the Military Band of the People's Liberation Army of China perform at the UN headquarters, continuing a three-city concert tour based on friendship and cooperation through performing arts. UNTV

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STORY: GA / MILITARY BANDS
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DATELINE: 20 MAY 2011, NEW YORK CITY/ FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN building

20 MAY 2011, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan right, US and Chinese military bands posing with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Colonel Thomas Rotondi, Leader and Commander of the US Army Band:
“What a great way to start a great relationship and a great friendship, you know the whole theme of out tour here with our Chinese musicians is friendship and cooperation and what better way to have great musicians, from both bands, from the US Army Band and the Military band from the People’s Liberation Army, both fantastic musicians, sitting side by side, speaking the universal language of music and to be able to play here at the United Nations.”
4. Med shot, Yu Hai meeting the Secretary-General
5. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Senior Colonel Yu Hai, Chief of the Military Band of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China:
“We have great expectations that this will be a great success and will increase the friendship between the two countries and we are also looking forward to the visit of the US Army Band to China in October.”
6. Various shots, band’s performance at the General Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:

A combined ensemble of musicians from The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and The Military Band of the People’s Liberation Army of China presented a public concert today (20 May) at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, continuing a three-city gala concert tour and musical exchange based on friendship and cooperation through the performing arts.

Colonel Thomas Rotondi, Leader and Commander of the US Army Band said that “the whole theme of out tour here with our Chinese musicians is friendship and cooperation” and added that the best way to demonstrate it was both “fantastic” groups of musicians, “sitting side by side, speaking the universal language of music and to be able to play here at the United Nations.”

For his part, Senior Colonel Yu Hai, Chief of the Military Band of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China said that he had “great expectations that this will be a great success and will increase the friendship between the two countries and we are also looking forward to the visit of the US Army Band to China in October.”

The premier military concert bands, each numbering 65 members, began their tour on May 16 with a concert hosted by the 37th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Martin E. Dempsey, at The John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The bands conclude their U.S. tour on Saturday, May 21, at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts in New York.
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