(West Plains) – The West Plains High School Zizzer Pride Band, under the direction of Rocky Long, will lead the annual “A Musical Salute to Veterans” program at 1:30 PM Monday, November 12, at the West Plains Civic Center theater.
This free event is sponsored by the Missouri State University-West Plains University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department.
Also scheduled to appear at the event is U.S. Army Maj. Andy Ingalsbe of West Plains.
The concert by the Zizzer Pride Band will feature traditional patriotic music, including “The Star Spangled Banner”, “This is My Country”, an arrangement of “Stars and Stripes Forever”, “America, The Beautiful”, and “Marches of the Armed Forces”, and other patriotic songs.
The award-winning Zizzer Pride Band performs over 50 times each school year for parades, band festivals, athletic events, concerts and other community-related events. In addition, the band performed at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 2008, and the Lincoln Memorial this past May to celebrate the 90th anniversary of its dedication.
Ingalsbe, a former commander of the 1138th Military Police Company in West Plains and a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, will discuss the importance of Veterans’ Day in his remarks. The life-long resident of West Plains joined the 1138th in 1978 as a private and received officer commission in August 1983. After fulfilling several different commands and training positions throughout the National Guard and Army Reserve, including two-and-a-half years as the 1138th commander, he retired in 2005 after 27 years of service. Seven months after retirement, however, Ingalsbe went on active duty and served 15 months in Iraq. After retiring again and returning to civilian life, he went back on active duty in 2008 for a year-long tour in Afghanistan. He was just two days away from starting a second tour in Afghanistan when he was injured in September 2009. Ingalsbe spent eight months recovering in Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., and returned to West Plains in May 2010.
In addition to the musical performance and Ingalsbe’s remarks, the colors will be presented by members of the Missouri Army National Guard’s 1138th Military Police Company Color Guard of West Plains.
For more information about the Veterans Day program, contact the U/CP office, 417-255-7966 or go to wp.missouristate.edu/ucp/.