U.S. Army Europe Band & Chorus performs in Avenches Tattoo

By Spc. Joseph Agacinski
U.S. Army Europe Band & Chorus

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Photo credit: Sgt. Chris Maraccini
Sgt. Peter Allison performs as a featured soloist in the 2015 Avenches Tatoo, Avenshes, Switzerland.
AVENCHES, SWITZERLAND - The U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) Band & Chorus recently participated in the International Avenches Tattoo in Avenches, Switzerland. Founded in 1999, the Avenches Tattoo is a unique international festival of song, music and dance that brings together close to 500 musicians, both military and civilian, from all over Europe. The USAREUR Band & Chorus performed alongside bands from across the world, including French, Slovenian, Scottish, and Irish. The festival is a demonstration of musical excellence combined with marching precision, showcasing each band’s talent and discipline as they create formations within Avenches’ historic Roman amphitheater.

Led by Maj. Dwayne S. Milburn, Cpt. Aaron J. Morris, and Drum Major Sgt. Bradley Boone, the USAREUR Band & Chorus showcased their talents by performing a medley of swing favorites, including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” featuring the USAREUR Soldiers’ Chorus and Sgt. Peter Allison on trumpet.

The USAREUR Band & Chorus concluded with their rendition of America the Beautiful, highlighted by Sgt. Thomas Baty’s solo trumpet. The Grand Finale, which included the combined forces and mass bands of all participating countries, showed each nation’s unique musical themes, including “Westminster” and “Caledonia” from the United Kingdom with nearly 100 bagpipers from Scotland and Ireland. The United States was represented by jazz standard “Sing, Sing, Sing,” featuring Spc. Dave Oriente on the drum set, Sgt. Peter Allison on trumpet, and Sgt. Joshua Bennett on trombone.

Participating in the 2015 Avenches Tattoo played a vital role in the mission of U.S. Army Europe, bringing our partner nations together for a “Strong Europe.” The weeks of training leading up to the Tattoo proved to be well worth the effort as the band displayed professionalism and outstanding musicianship. Missions like Military Tattoos are necessary in helping the United States Army maintain a positive relationship with our surrounding host countries in Europe, and the USAREUR Band & Chorus stepped up and met the challenge, demonstrating professionalism and musical excellence on a world-wide stage.

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