78th Army Band "Jingle Brass" spread holiday cheer

By Sgt. 1st Class Brian Endlein
78th Army Band

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Photo credit: Sgt. Casey Burnett
Members of the Jingle Brass performing for Veterans as part of their annual tour.
Over the past 8 years, the 78th Army Band has entertained nearly 8,500 Veterans as part of their annual "Jingle Brass" holiday tour. Led by Staff Sgt. Ty Tedrick, the tour has grown from very modest beginnings, with just a few small events, to an actual week long tour.

This year, Jingle Brass performed for an estimated 2,500 Veterans, hospital and VA staff members. Performances included VA homes and hospitals in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

Performing stationary concerts in large gathering halls, as well as strolling down hallways, Staff Sgt. Tedrick's team is in high demand during the holidays. "Before we have even packed up, the VA Directors are often trying to get us on the calendar for next year's holidays," said Tedrick.

This year, Jingle Brass had a special treat for the Veterans they visited. They brought letters from the students at Helen A Fort Middle School (part of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst community) and delivered them to the residents during their performances.

"Jingle Brass represents the best qualities of Army Music," said Sgt. 1st Class Traini, acting first sergeant of the 78th Army Band. "They realize that, if even for only the length of time it takes to perform Jingle Bells, they have the most important job in the Army."


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