FARMINGTON — A variety of music will fill the Farmington Civic Center Wednesday as the 44th Army Band plays a free concert as part of its summer tour.

Farmington is one of nine cities the band is scheduled to visit during its annual summer tour across New Mexico, Army 1st Sgt. Ralph Harris said.

The tour takes the band through cities including Grants, Raton, Taos and Los Alamos as its members travel across northern New Mexico to spread the word about the New Mexico Army National Guard, Harris said.

"We are presenting the human side of the Army," Harris said.

Spc. Michelle Ash has been playing clarinet in the band for more than six years and is a member of the woodwind quartet, one of the several groups within the ceremonial band.

"I just love playing music," Ash said. "Any opportunity to work with civilian audiences, I'm really excited to do that."

The band will perform music from different genres, including Army marches and patriotic songs and numbers from the woodwind quartet, the brass band, Dixieland-style brass band and the mariachi group, said Sgt. Taylor Coleman, venue coordinator.

Coleman said the 44th Army Band is the only unit with a mariachi group in all of the Army branches. It is part of the Army's effort to have smaller groups and quartets ready to deploy for small community performances.

IF YOU GO

What: 44th Army Band concert

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St.

More info: Visit www.facebook.com/44armyband.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.