"In the past I have always tended to prefer instrumental service band and military music, but the latest Altissimo release titled Hero for Today is absolutely superb and has me rethinking my preferences. This CD features the US Army Band and Chorus, and is one of the finest CDs I have ever heard. The CD includes a mix of instrumental pieces, and vocal/instrumental arrangements. It opens with the US Army Herald Trumpets playing a very moving piece titled Heroic Fanfare, which leads to many other wonderful selections. The first time I listened to the CD was on my short 15 minute drive to work, which found me in the middle of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. This is so nicely performed that upon arrival at work I could not shut my car off until the song finished. The Hymn is followed by America the Beautiful, performed by the US Army Brass Quintet. There are a total of 16 tracks on the CD, which closes with a vocal/instrumental version of The Armed Services Medley (track 15), then The Stars and Stripes Forever. In short, I highly recommend you add this CD to your collection.