Musicians to record welcome back video
As many as 70 area pop and jazz musicians are expected to descend on Sheffield Audio Video Productions' studios in Phoenix this week to record the audio track for a new promotional video for WBAL-TV.
The station's video will tap heavily into Marylanders' expressions of support for the troops of Operation Desert Storm.
Robin Lake, a spokeswoman for Sheffield, said the musicians will sing an original song called "Welcome Home," written by Jaime LeRitz and Sheffield's own Frank Grande and Bill Mueller.
The song's refrain will say, "Welcome home, back to the promised land/welcome home, back from the desert sand/welcome home, to where freedom takes a stand/Welcome home."
The video portion of the production is to include scenes shot by a WBAL-TV news crew all across the state, showing yellow ribbons, flags, signs and other public expressions of support for U.S. troops.
Among the musicians expected to participate are Rob Fahey, once with the Ravyns; Aleta Greene, a jazz singer familiar to patrons of Ethel's Place; Timmy Camp, formerly with Boot Camp; and members of other groups such as One by One and Child's Play.
The station is expected to air the video in 60-second and two-minute versions, Lake said.
The office of Rep. Tom McMillen, D-4th, says Maryland firms seeking contracting work for the reconstruction of Kuwait can make inquiries through the following U.S. government numbers:
U.S. Department of Commerce:
* Gulf Reconstruction Center, (202) 377-5767.
* Capital Goods and International Construction, (202) 377-5023.
* Services, (202) 377-5261.
* Aerospace, (202) 377-3353.
* Basic Industries, (202) 377-0614.
* Science and Electronics, (202) 377-3548.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
* Architecture/Engineering, (703) 665-3798.
* Construction, (703) 665-3632.
* Supply Firms, (703) 665-3683
Department of State:
* Economic and Business, (202) 647-1942.
* Travel Advisory, (202) 647-0900.
Another telephone number that may prove useful is the Overseas Private Investment Corp. at (202) 457-7056.
Frank D. Roylance and Monica Norton contributed to this report.
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