Iowa National Guard Scrap Metal band makes Hampton stop

The Iowa National Guard 34th Army Band’s Scrap Metal brought its high energy performance to Band Shell Park Saturday. The 15-member brass ensemble performed jazz, rock and pop hits. GREG FORBES/ HAMPTON CHRONICLE

Band Shell Park in Hampton was alive with a wall of sound provided by the Iowa National Guard 34th Army Band’s Scrap Metal.

Scrap Metal, a 15-piece brass, entertained the crowd with a wide mix of songs ranging from jazz to rock to pop.

Staff Sgt. Eric Newman said the band is one of several “Music Performance Teams” (MPT) of the 34th Army Band. MPTs are subgroups of musicians from the 34th Army Band that perform at a variety of events and ceremonies. Newman said MPTs include a couple of rock bands, the Scrap Metal band and a woodwind quintet.

Newman said Scrap Metal is a fun detour from the normal 34th Army Band performances. While the concert band and marching band are enjoyable, Newman said Scrap Metal allows its members to have fun and connect with the audience on a different level.

“We like doing concert band and the very traditional stuff, but this allows us to be a lot more interactive with the crowd and the public,” he said.

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