From: The Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
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Date: 8/31/2016

Deadline: September 5, 2016 at COB

Endorsed By the Following Music Education Organizations:

National Association for Music Education, Americans for the Arts, National Association of Music Parents, Music for All, the Recording Academy, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Winter Guard International, the League of American Orchestras,
Quadrant Arts Education Research, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Drum Corps International, Music Teachers National Association, The Gordon Institute
for Music Learning, SongwritingWith:Soldiers, the National Music Council

Dear Colleague,

We write to ask you to join us in sending a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee, urging them to preclude any language from the final Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill curtailing military music ensembles.

The military music ensembles of the United States Armed Forces are an integral part of our country’s musical and military excellence. Linking servicemen and servicewomen to those whom they protect, these musicians are emissaries
to communities across the nation and throughout the world.  We believe the outreach provided by the members of these ensembles, through thousands of performances per year and music education programs in schools across the country, is more important than ever.

More than one hundred military music ensembles perform across the United States every year, sharing their music for free with the American public in nursing homes, parades, festivals, and other gatherings. During the summer, these
concerts also occur on a weekly basis at the base of the West Steps of the United States Capitol, a continuation of a 130 year-old tradition with bands performing American classics for visitors and tourists from around the world. In total, these performances
reach more than 1 billion people annually.

Please join us in supporting these valuable emissaries of the United States Armed Forces and reject unfair cuts to military musical units. To sign on, please contact Evan Polisar (, 5-1313) in the office
of Congressman Hastings or Ray Celeste (, 5-3415) in the office of Congressman Walter B. Jones.



Alcee L. Hastings                Walter B. Jones
Member of Congress            Member of Congress