As one of only six senior military colleges in the nation, UNG counts thousands of veterans and active-duty members of the military among its alumni, faculty, staff and students, including 50 former and current general officers.
The UNG Men's Quartet performed during "Welcome Home Heroes," an event for Georgia troops and their families held July 2 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, which can be seen in its entirety on the WSB-TV website. Dr. John Broman, professor of music and director of choral activities at UNG, said the group was honored to participate in the July 2 event and to be included in Friday's broadcast.
"We were truly honored to be a part of this program that highlighted the joys and the sadness of being a part of our military," Broman said. "We're always glad to be a part of programs that salute America's armed forces. It was a pleasure and an honor to be part of the proceedings."
In addition to Broman, who sings tenor, the Men's Quartet consists of Dr. Mark Spraker (bass), professor of physics and CEO of UNG's Faculty Senate; Randy Barker (tenor II), a 2006 UNG graduate; and Rich Grimshaw (baritone), a 2013 UNG graduate who previously earned degrees from Georgia Tech and Georgia State University.
During the "Welcome Home Heroes" event, the Men's Quartet performed the National Anthem, God Bless America and a patriotic medley arranged by Broman for the event. The quartet's performance was recorded, and portions were included in Channel 2's Friday night "Georgia Salutes America," broadcast. Near the beginning of the 9 p.m. broadcast, a portion of the quartet singing the National Anthem was featured in a segment about the "Welcome Home Heroes" event. Also, the quartet's performance of the patriotic medley was shown in its entirety at 9:30 p.m. during the "Georgia Salutes America" broadcast.
The "Georgia Salutes America" program included a mix of musical entertainment, a special tribute to the men and women who serve in the armed forces and the fireworks show, live from Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Jovita Moore, anchor of Channel 2 Action News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m., and Sports Anchor Zach Klein hosted the special event.
"Georgia Salutes America" delivered special Fourth of July greetings from Georgians serving away from home. The primetime hour showcased communities across Georgia celebrating Independence Day with local parades, concerts and barbecues.
"'Georgia Salutes America' at Centennial Olympic Park is a family-friendly celebration of independence," said Tim McVay, vice president and general manager of Channel 2 WSB-TV. "Attending live or watching our telecast on Channel 2 brings families and friends together with this great tradition."
UNG is a University System of Georgia leadership institution and federally designated as The Military College of Georgia. With more than 16,000 students, is the sixth-largest public university in Georgia.