The internationally acclaimed Army Symphonic Band enthralled audience at the Jammu Garrison with their captivating music today.
The band also mesmerised over 5000 soldiers and their families at Zorawar Stadium in Sunjuwan Cantonment.
The Band played tunes of patriotic songs which surcharged the audience in the packed hall that resounded with claps and cheers.
The Symphonic Band was raised in 1990 in New Delhi with bandsmen taken from all military bands of the Army to retain the true representation of the country in one band.
Subsequently,to add variety to the music Indian classical music instruments such as Santoor,Sitar,Jaltarang and Tabla were also incorporated into the military band.
The Army Symphonic Band has the unique privilege of performing during visits of various foreign dignitaries to the Rashtrapati Bhawan and during national level functions like Republic Day,Independence Day and Beating the Retreat
The Symphonic Band has also participated in various military tattoos and music festivals in Russia,France,Italy,Sweden,Japan,Malaysia,United Kingdom,Germany,Bhutan and Nepal.
Indian Army has 48 Military Bands and more than 400 Pipes and Drums ensembles,thereby forming the largest Military Music assembly in any army of the world,defence sources said.
The bands belong to the various regiments of the Army and though all of them are Indian in character,they reflect the unique characteristics of the regions the troops come from,synonymous to the country’s various hues and shades of its cultural diversity,the sources said.
Speaking on the occasion,Tiger Division General Officer Commanding (GOC) Maj Gen Surinder Singh thanked the team of Army Symphonic Band for their soul stirring and foot tapping musical performance.
He said that in the Army military bands have played the vital role of raising the morale of the troops and motivating them to fight with valour to overcome the enemy.
Gen Surinder Singh also presented souvenirs to the Symphonic Band members as token of remembrance.