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ND National Guard's 188th Army Band Trains

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This next group continues to serve their country... by supporting the troops and their families through music.

Corina Cappabianca takes a look at what it's like to be in the North Dakota National Guard's 188th Army Band.

They play jazz, concert music, and even rock and roll.

And they do it all in uniform.

The North Dakota National Guard's 188th Army Band is making its way across the state for its annual training.

"We get together once a month and then two weeks throughout the year. We've done part of our annual training was done in January we did a school tour in Grand Forks area right around the Grand Forks area in January and then now we're on annual training here for about 11 days," says the ND National Guard's 188th Army Band First Sergeant & Acting Commander Brad Reed.

The band based in Fargo started in the Dakota Territories over 125 years ago.

And First Sergeant Brad Reed says the band is about 40 members strong today.

He says playing in the band has brought him all over the country and even abroad.

"It's been great. Every place we go we have a lot of great memories," says Reed.

Reed has been a band member for over 21 years playing the trumpet and has been in the National Guard for almost 32 years.

He says playing for veterans is what it's all about.

"It's so fun to make a connection with them. The best part I could say is when we play the service songs and the soldiers at the Lisbon soldiers home, veterans home and they stand out of their wheelchair. They'll get assistance to stand them up and salute when they play their song," says Reed.

But, he says the band also works to lift the spirits of troops and their families.

"Bringing music to the community. Giving support back to the community that's given their members of their families that have been activated by the National Guard. Just giving something to take their mind off of it. This is a stressful situation obviously, so it's also to celebrate when they come home," says Reed.

And those attending say it's about showing support for the troops as well.

Corina Cappabianca. KX News.

The band will play next on Saturday morning at 10in Parshallall.

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