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156th Army Band's performance at Revel canceled because of government shutdown

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The 156th Army Band last performed at Chimi V's in Bossier City in September. The 156th Army Band last performed at Chimi V's in Bossier City in September.
SHREVEPORT, La. -

The 156th Army Band will not get the opportunity to play at the Red River Revel Saturday morning because of the federal government shutdown.

"I personally have been looking forward for playing at the Revel since I was a little kid, growing up around Shreveport-Bossier," said Brandon Johnson, a band member. "I've always wanted to get up there on that stage."

Johnson thought he had his chance this weekend playing with the Army band based in the Bossier City area, but the band learned for sure Thursday their appearance at the Red River Revel was canceled.

"We were really pushing for it as much as we could, but unfortunately, things don't always happen the way you want them to," he said.

It was going to be the first time in more than 10 years a military band was going to play at the revel.

"We were happy, excited being a military town, to finally have some representation on stage," said Christy Long, with the Revel. "So in this in particular case, it's a little more disappointing than the normal band having to cancel."

Revel organizers said the 11:00am slot the Louisiana Army Band was suppose to play in Saturday morning has been filed by another band, so there will be no lack in musical entertainment.

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