FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 9, 2017) -- With planned performances by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the Prince George High School Chorus, this year’s holiday concerts organized by the 392nd Army Band are sure to delight community members and guests from the local area.
The concert schedule is set for Dec. 9, 3 p.m., at the Lee Theater, and Dec. 10, 3 p.m., at Anderson Turner Hall, Virginia State University. Admission is free and both events are open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served.
A theme of “Holiday Reflections” was selected this year to focus on how military members – past and present – have been affected by music of the holiday season, said Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Landrum, commander and bandmaster of the 392nd Army Band.
“Our performance will be interwoven with video interviews of veterans and active duty Soldiers recounting their stories from holidays spent abroad, at home in the U.S., and deployed in combat zones,” he said. “Many of the songs were selected (for the performance) because of the special meaning they have to those we interviewed. We wanted to arrange a concert that felt personal to the audience.”
The performances will feature traditional and contemporary holiday songs performed by the 30-member group’s rock band, jazz combo, big band, and traditional brass and woodwind ensembles.
Landrum noted that the past year has been focused on re-building the 392nd after it was reactivated by the Army. He said he’s excited to bring the regenerated team back out into the community.
“Re-establishing those relationships with our neighbors and supporters on- and off-post has been a big priority for us since we started re-staffing the unit,” he said. “The holiday concert on Dec. 10 in particular feels like a major step in that direction because of the venue.”
The bandmaster said he sees the concerts as a way for members of the community to pause and reflect on the season.
“Everyone is so busy all year long that sometimes the holiday season kicks off and folks don't even realize it because they're still trying to balance work, family and their life,” he said. “If that's you, we hope you'll take the time to hit the ‘pause button’ on your busy schedule, throw your family in the car, and come out to help us ring in the season with some great music, hot chocolate and wonderful Soldiers.”
Those interested in attending the performance are encourage to show up 30 minutes early to partake in the aforementioned hot chocolate along with Christmas carols in the lobby. Early arrival also better assures seating at this popular holiday performance.