USAREUR Winds Perform Outreach Tour in Israel

By SGT Andrew Tryon
US Army Europe Band and Chorus

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The USAREUR Winds, led by SSG Charles Brokovich, recently returned from an outreach tour in Israel, performing concerts and master classes in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The USAREUR Winds began the tour with a performance for a gathering of Holocaust survivors in Tel Aviv. The quintet performed, among others, two Jewish folk tunes arranged by SGT Bradley Boone especially for this mission. The enthusiastic audience clapped and sang along throughout the evening.

The tour continued with two educational outreach concerts in Jerusalem. The first performance was at a Jewish Orthodox school, where many of the students had never been introduced to classical music. The students were very interested in the new experience and asked lots of question about the music and the instruments. The second event consisted of performances for high school and college students at the Fine Arts Academy. The USAREUR Winds played many wind quintet standards and fielded questions ranging from music to military life.

The tour concluded with two performances in support of the Juniper Cobra joint training exercise. The USAREUR Winds performed ceremonial music during the closing ceremony and light music during the reception following. The USAREUR Winds were recognized by both the Israeli and United States Air Forces during the ceremony.

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