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FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 17, 2016) -- Fort Lee’s 23-member 392nd Army Band, including a brass quintet, will perform a rock-centric holiday concert Dec. 10-11, 3 p.m., at the Lee Theater.

It’s free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

“The show is being offered two afternoons instead of one because it is going to be a big set-up,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin L. Pick, the band’s director.

Pick explained this year is different for the band because they are working with half the members from last year’s performance. The band needed a diffrent format and chose to put on a “rock-band heavy” show.

This year’s creative team – band members Spc. Kari Boyer and Spc. Claude Lumley – developed the concept story and theme, a rock rendition of “The Nutcracker.”

“The music will be less traditional but more electronic with a heavy rock style,” Pick noted. “We are having a multimedia team come to help us with lights and sound effects.”

The concert will have projection mapping, using different backdrops and sets, all generated digitally. There also will be lasers, fog and more.

Pick spoke of Spc. David Dormeus, who is a “fantastic arranger,” and created the storyline. He is running the show with the multimedia team.

“He has taken songs from the original and has re-written them to his own version. All the songs are custom made for this production. The Electric Light Orchestra was his inspiration.”

“We invite the community to come out and enjoy the performance,” Pick said. “There will be some surprises, and the new technology features will add to the enjoyment by everyone.”

The band also will perform at Fort Lee’s Grand Illumination, Dec. 1, 4:15 p.m., on the Lee Club lawn.

Fort Lee visitors who don’t have a DOD-issued identification card or post pass will be required to complete a background check to access post. For more information about this requirement, visit www.lee.army.mil/pmo/access.aspx. The visitor control center is located at the Lee Avenue gate.

For more details about upcoming band performances, visit the 392nd’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/392ndarmyband/.