The McMahon Auditorium Authority is pleased to present the 77th Army Band Holiday Concert with Costello’s Own Pipe Band at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 12. The concert is open to the public, admission is free and no tickets are required. Doors to the seating area open at 6:30pm. The McMahon Memorial Auditorium is located at801 NW Ferris Avenue,Lawton,OK. For more information call the auditorium at 580-581-3472.

About the 77th Army Band, the “Pride of Fort Sill!” excerpt from website:

The Band was constituted March 1, 1907 in the Regular Army as the 13th Band, Coast Artillery and activated at Fort Du Pont, Delaware. Since its inception, the band has served many military campaigns and installations in its assigned missions. Since Feb. 24, 1955, it has remained at Fort Sill, Oklahomawhere it is currently aligned with the Fires Center of Excellence, but it has always been "The Pride of Fort Sill!"

Websites

Fort Sill Fires Center of Excellence: http://sill-www.army.mil/77thband

Facebook: 77th-ARMY-BAND

About Costello’s Own Pipe Band

In 1996 Lt. Gen. John “Jack” Costello established the Air Defense Artillery Pipes and Drums atFortBlissthrough a partnership with theUnited Kingdom’s Pipes and Drums of the 105th Royal Artillery Regiment (Volunteers). Then in 2009, when the Air Defense Artillery School relocated from Fort Bliss to Fort Sill establishing the Fires Center of Excellence, the artillery pipes and drums followed as well.

In January 2011, to honor the passing and memory of Lt. Gen. Costello, a new band of bagpipers was forged from within the Fires Center of Excellence with both the Air Defense and Field Artillery branches represented as one Fires Community Family and given the name by proclamation: Costello’s Own.  The members of Costello’s Own are all Soldiers, handpicked by their commanders and senior enlisted leaders from within the FIRES rank and file, who have spent the past several months sharpening and honing their skills…. as only a true warrior knows to do. This band of Soldiers carries on a centuries old tradition; playing the true instrument of the warrior, the highland bagpipes.