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USAREUR Band Chamber Groups Perform For International Students In Luxembourg

By SPC Blake Helander
USAREUR Band and Chorus

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The USAREUR Brass and Woodwind Quintets
Students and staff at the International School of Luxembourg enjoyed two educational chamber concerts given by the United States Army Europe Band’s Woodwind and Brass Quintets last Wednesday. The Woodwind Quintet, led by SSG Lori Nix, performed a wide variety of music including Mozart’s “Overture to the Magic Flute”, Shostakovich’s “Polka”, and “The Pink Panther”. The Brass Quintet, led by SSG Dave Martinez presented a program including several marches, “Lassus Trombone”, and the Dixieland Jazz tune, “That’s A Plenty”. The audience consisted of young students of diverse backgrounds from pre-kindergarten through high school. An important goal of the concerts was to be both entertaining and educational. Both groups demonstrated how each of the instruments sounds, and talked a little about its history. The International School of Luxembourg’s music teacher Mr. Demosthenes Dimitrakoulakos, a former Army trombonist with the 1st Armored Division Band in Wiesbaden, Germany, felt that the concerts were a hit with the kids and faculty, “Immediately after the first concert, a ninth grade clarinet player said the players in the Woodwind Quintet were just great.” The oboe demonstration by SPC Holly Somers has this student interested in switching to oboe. "I received countless e-mails from students and staff about much they enjoyed the concerts and hope that the USAREUR Band can come back. It was a great experience for the whole ISL community.”

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