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Tonight, Sgt. Ratigan and Pvt. Holmes are the communication representatives, meaning they will stand next to the stage and give the signal from the orchestra’s representative that it’s time to fire.

It will be Pvt. Holmes‘ first concert. He says he feels “well-prepared,” not nervous.

This is Sgt. Ratigan’s third concert. He also says he has no pre-concert jitters, despite the musical score being much different than a 21-gun salute.

“We stay on our game to accomplish a mission,” Sgt. Ratigan said. “It’s an honor to do it.”