101st Airborne and 10th Mountain Musicians Share Stage

By CW2 Daniel Wood
10th Mountain Division(LI) Band

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Photo credit: SPC Perez, Neil
10th Mountain and 101st Airborne Soldiers preparing for Battalion TOA Ceremony
On January 23, 2014, Army Musicians from two historic Divisions were able to do something that rarely happens amongst active duty bands – they shared the stage.

That day on Bagram Airfield (BAF), the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) relieved the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). To capture the spirit of the partnership and transition between these two highly decorated units, 3 musicians from each division to form a single team to support this event.

From the 101st Division Band, SSG Michael Avant, trumpet, SGT Michael Lamb, trumpet, and SPC Joseph Morris, baritone, joined 10th Mountain Division Band Soldiers SSG Luther Smalls, tenor saxophone, SSG Eric Jernigan, tuba, and SGT Christopher Habeeb-Louks, percussion. Before the ceremony they played upbeat music to entertain the crowd including featured improvisation solos from SGT Lamb and SSG Smalls in an arrangement of Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon. They then changed their focus to executing the ceremonial music to the level of excellence expected of Army Music programs and their respective divisions.

The group had only a few rehearsals to prepare. In fact, the 10th Mountain Division Soldiers had been in BAF for less than a week when the ceremony took place. However, thanks to the professionalism and teamwork of both organizations, the Music Performance Team was well-received by all in attendance.

It was a great day for the Army to see the “Rendezvous with Destiny” intersect with the “Climb to Glory” in a truly musical and inspiring way.

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