May 16 2015
Armed Forces Day Concert

Armed Forces Day Concert

Presented by Choral Arts Society of Utah at The Gallivan Center

Music Director Sterling Poulson and the Choral Arts Society of Utah invite you to an evening dedicated to honoring our men and women in the Armed Forces.  This is a free concert and no tickets are required!

The evening entertainment begins at 4:30 P.M. with a performance by Mark Owens and Southbound, followed by the 23rd Army Band Rock Band performing at 5:30 P.M.  The main performance starts at 7:30 P.M. when the Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band, Denny Saunders, commander, takes the stage with the Choral Arts Society of Utah and a special appearance from The Anthem Choir, from Hill AFB, UT.  This amazing concert will include a variety of music including the great patriotic favorites you love to hear, and ends with a spectacular firework display as the band plays John Philip Sousa’s Stars & Stripes Forever.   Bring your family and enjoy plenty of food, fun and support service booths along with the great entertainment.  Being honored at this concert are members of the marine platoon 1071 who served in Vietnam in 1966.  Former news anchor Dick Nourse will be the featured guest speaker.  We will also hear remarks from other military dignitaries based in Utah.

The 23rd Army Band has played for Presidents, Senators, Congressmen and Heads of State.  Each year the Band performs for thousands of people across the State of Utah and the United States, giving clinics and concerts for schools, performing at civic functions, marching in parades, and providing music for military dances, changes of command, and pass-in-reviews.  The Rock Band will take you back to whatever generation you are from and consists of 2 guitar players, a bass guitar player, keyboard player, percussionist and vocalists.

Mark Owens was born in Boise, Idaho. His love for country music was evident at a very early age. "I used to listen to all of the "Old timers" Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves, Little Jimmy Dickens to name a few". Prior to the formation of the Band in 2005, Mark Owens had been singing professionally and competing vocally across the Western states for over 12 years. In the year 2000 he won the Utah State title in the Pro-sing National Singing Contest. He’s also competed in the Colgate Country Showdown, which eventually took him to Nashville as he continued moving up the winning ladder. When you hear Mark you’ll understand why so many that have heard him consider him to be one of the finest vocalists in the country music scene today.

The Anthem Choir from Hill AFB, UT is made up of a group of local Hill AFB musicians who simply put, “perform as a community service and to promote a sense of patriotism.”    

Now in its 29th year, the Choral Arts Society of Utah Master Chorale’s 100-voice mixed choir is based in Salt Lake City. Many of their performances are benefit concerts for schools and organizations providing humanitarian services to local areas.  See a complete listing of the choir’s upcoming performances at and be sure to like them on Facebook!

Admission Info


Dates & Times

2015/05/16 - 2015/05/16

Additional time info:

4:30 P.M. Mark Owens and Southbound
5:30 P.M. 23rd Army Rock Band
7:30 P.M. Choral Arts Society of Utah, Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band, and special appearance by the Anthem Choir from Hill AFB
Fireworks at 8:45

Location Info

The Gallivan Center

239 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111