The West Point Band \u2014 officially the U.S. Army Band, West Point \u2014 will perform a special \u201cSalute to Ridgefield\u201d this weekend honoring the town\u2019s 50-year tradition of military band concerts in town. The concert is this Saturday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School\u2019s auditorium. The concert is free to the public, and is sponsored by Ridgefield\u2019s American Legion Post 78. \u201cThis is part of our 50th anniversary, sponsoring the military bands,\u201d said American Legion member Jack Herr. \u201cIt\u2019s a special salute to Ridgefield, patriotic themes and music for the whole family.\u201d Herr has been organizing the military band concerts in Ridgefield all those 50 years, including the decades when the concerts were sponsored by the Kiwanis, before being taken under the Legion\u2019s wing when the Kiwanis ceased operations in town. The West Point Band is oldest military band in U.S. military, officially founded on June 8, 1817. \u201cThe band traces its lineage to fifers and drummers who were part of Continental Army units at West Point during the time of the American Revolution,\u201d the Army says. Today, the band is composed of more than 50 musicians. Featured vocal soloist at Saturday\u2019s concert will be Master Sgt. Mary K. Messinger. Free tickets are available at Squash\u2019s Ridgefield News Store, Fairfield County Bank, People\u2019s Bank, Limestone Service Station, Early Bird Cafe, and Dimitri\u2019s Diner. Should the front parking lot at East Ridge fill up, additional parking will be available in the rear of the middle school off Prospect Ridge Road.