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Hero for Today


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Product Details

  • Performer: Us Army Band; Us Army Band & Chorus
  • Composer: Sfc Paul a Murtha; John Willia
  • Audio CD (June 1 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alt
  • ASIN: B00020HAVK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

1. Heroic Fanfare
2. Hymn To The Fallen (From Saving Private Ryan)
3. A Hero For Today
4. Battle Hymn Of The Republic
5. America The Beautiful
6. God Bless The U.S.A.
7. Here's To America
8. The Last Full Measure Of Devotion
9. We Were There
10. Duty, Honor, Country
11. This Is My Country
12. Ragged Old Flag
13. The Flag Still Flies High
14. God Bless America
15. The Armed Services Medley: Semper Paratus/The Air Force Song/Anchors Aweigh
16. The Stars And Stripes Forever

Product Description

There are so many different ways to say you love your country--you can even do it with music. Along with beloved odes to our nation like "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America," this unique collection features "Ragged Old Flag" with lyrics by Johnny Cash.

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By Lee Silvi on May 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
"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.
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By "douglasanderson32" on May 23 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Hero for Today" is a wonderfully balanced collection from the US Army Band and Chorus. There was a good selection of patriotic music, both old and new. The balance within the chorus was well executed, as was the balance between the band and the chorus. Their rendition of "Hymn to the Fallen" was thoughtful, almost prayerful, with a subtle choral overtone. The "Battle Hymn of the Republic" was a fresh and full arrangement of an old favorite. "Here's to America" was an upbeat expression of faith in America, in good contrast to the reflective "A Hero For Today." "This Is My Country" was set with a majestic tone, while "God Bless America" was an upbeat expression of an old favorite. I'd recommend this CD to anyone who would like to hear both traditional and new expressions of patriotic music.
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The CD is overall very good. There are some intonation and timing issues. However, the CD had me captivated from beginning to end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Terrific! May 23 2004
By "douglasanderson32" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Hero for Today" is a wonderfully balanced collection from the US Army Band and Chorus. There was a good selection of patriotic music, both old and new. The balance within the chorus was well executed, as was the balance between the band and the chorus. Their rendition of "Hymn to the Fallen" was thoughtful, almost prayerful, with a subtle choral overtone. The "Battle Hymn of the Republic" was a fresh and full arrangement of an old favorite. "Here's to America" was an upbeat expression of faith in America, in good contrast to the reflective "A Hero For Today." "This Is My Country" was set with a majestic tone, while "God Bless America" was an upbeat expression of an old favorite. I'd recommend this CD to anyone who would like to hear both traditional and new expressions of patriotic music.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding CD! May 21 2004
By Lee Silvi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This CD is awesome! Aug. 15 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought the CD for my mom who LOVES "We Were There". The 3rd infantry performs a great rendition of it during their concert series every year on the Ellipse in Washington D.C. which includes soldiers wearing the uniforms of the Army as they have evolved and a very stirring speech. Since the 3rd infantry is unable to sell recordings to the public, being able to at least get the song feor my mom was a wonderful present. The other music on the CD was also wonderfully patriotic and beautifully performed.
Hero For Today July 14 2009
By A. Daily - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's easy to forget that everyday many Americans lay down their lives for
the rest of us. These heroes may go unsung but their sacrifice is no less
significant then the heroes of the past. Each track on this album honors the
legacy or heroism in our country and reminds me that no matter when or where
there are citizens who will pay the ultimate price to preserve out country.
The members of the US Army band are in their own way true American Heroes.
Their long and powerful service to our country underlines what it means to
be American. They perform each track on this album with great passion and
listening to it you can feel the power of what these songs represent. They
speak of what is best in our country in American the Beautiful and speak to
pledge of service in Duty Honor Country. If you love great classical or
military music or just love your country this is an excellent album for you.

Also noticed part of the proceeds goes to support the Army Historical Foundation!
Hero For Today July 5 2006
By K.A.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I heard the title song first at the memorial marker ceramony for Paul R. Smith, the first Medal of Honor recipient of the WOT. I went searching for a CD and to my surprise, found it as the title.

Unlike some of the other reviewers, I have found the tone quality very good. My only 'complaint' is the lack of printed lyrics.

While I'm not usually a huge fan of military music, I found the lyrics time appropriate for occassional use in my social studies classes. While we have many discussions about the US policies, many of us can use a reminder of those few that are giving up so much for the many.


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