Europe's Musical Ambassadors Stir Patriotic Emotions

By SPC Holly Somers
USAREUR Band and Chorus

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The Little Big Band performing in Paris, France
The Fourth of July presented an opportunity for the United States Army Europe Band and Chorus to showcase its various ensembles as they traveled all across Europe to provide musical support to US Embassies and Consulates.

The Dixie Band toured extensively in Poland for ten days, culminating at the Ambassador’s Reception in Warsaw on the Fourth of July. One brass quintet traveled to Romania to participate in the military tattoo in Braila and also played for the United States Embassy in Bucharest while the other brass quintet performed for the United Nations Ambassador to Austria, Ambassador Greg Schulte on July 3rd and for the United States Ambassador to Austria, Ambassador Susan McCaw, on July 4th. They performed ceremonial music, American patriotic songs, and jazz for a crowd of approximately 1,400 people. The woodwind quintet helped celebrate Independence Day in Leipzig, Germany by playing for the American Consulate while the Little Big Band played in Paris, France at the ambassador’s reception. The Rock Band flew to Pristina, Kosovo for a performance at the ambassador’s residence. Our own community was not forgotten as the Soldier’s Chorus provided an energetic and entertaining show at Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg, Germany, performing for the Soldiers and their families.

The Soldiers of the United States Army Europe Band and Chorus maintain a very active performance schedule in order to ensure Soldiers, civilians, and their families are provided the highest quality musical support!

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