Still another event has fallen victim to COVID-19. “Late Thursday afternoon, the Sidney Bicentennial Committee received word that The United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors Concert, scheduled for Friday, April 3 at the Historic Sidney Theatre had been cancelled,” Sidney Mayor and Bicentennial Committee Co-chair Mike Barhorst announced this morning.
The email cancellation message was sent to Bicentennial Military Concert Subcommittee Chair Nancy Steinke, who immediately contacted Barhorst. “Nancy has put so much effort into finding a military band to perform during the bicentennial celebration that I felt particularly sorry for her,” Barhorst said.
"We regret to inform you that the remainder of The United States Army Field Band’s tours for the spring season have been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and appreciate your understanding in this matter. The health, safety, and welfare of our audiences, the venue staffs, and our own personnel are of our utmost priority. We encourage everyone to follow the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your continued support is appreciated and we all look forward to seeing you at a future event. Please visit our website (http://www.armyfieldband.com/) for more information."
Sergeant First Class Jonathan Milburn, the non-commissioned officer who handles plans and operations for the United States Army Field Band, sent a personal note to Steinke. “I’m so sorry.” SFC Milburn wrote. “I hope that in the future we can return to Sidney.”
“Because The United States Army Field Band’s engagements are confirmed months in advance,” Shelby County Commissioner and Bicentennial Co-chair Bob Guillozet stated, “it is unlikely that they will be able to schedule a performance in Sidney during the bicentennial celebration.”
“Because of Shelby County’s long-standing support of the United States military, I am going to continue to work to see if there is a military band that we might be able to schedule for a performance later this year,” Steinke stated. “I can only hope that one of the bands will have an open date as they are traveling from venue to venue on the road, and can fit us in."