• FORT CARSON, Colo. - The 4th Infantry Division Ivy Division Band, led by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marvin Cardo, commander and conductor, and 1st Sgt. Cornell Herrington, hosted the Fort Carson Holiday Concert at McMahon Auditorium Dec. 4 for Soldiers Families and citizens of the Mountain Post and Greater Colorado Springs communities. The Ivy Division Band performed traditional and contemporary holiday classics during the free concert showcasing musical arrangements and vocal performances celebrating the Christmas spirit.

    Ivy Division Band.

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - The 4th Infantry Division Ivy Division Band, led by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marvin Cardo, commander and conductor, and 1st Sgt. Cornell Herrington, hosted the Fort Carson Holiday Concert at McMahon Auditorium Dec. 4 for Soldiers...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marvin Cardo, commander and conductor of the 4th Infantry Division Ivy Division Band captivates audiences with a trumpet solo, playing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," during the Holiday Concert at McMahon Auditorium Dec. 4. Cardo, who hails from New York City, led the Ivy Division musicians performing an assortment of contemporary and classical holiday favorites during the gala concert hosted by Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of the 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson.

    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marvin Cardo, commander and conductor of the 4th Infantry Division Ivy Division Band captivates audiences with a trumpet solo, playing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," during the Holiday Concert at...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. - Spc. Darnell Crater, tuba player, Ivy Division Band, 4th Infantry Division, captures the spirit and personae of Thurl Ravenscroft during a vocal performance of the contemporary classic "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," during the Ivy Division Band Holiday Concert held at McMahon Auditorium Dec. 4. Crater, a tuba player from Lynwood, Ill., performed the song in the same manner as heard on the original television special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," made famous by Ravenscroft, who used sprechgesang, singing and speaking vocals, throughout the musical arrangement. The Christmas favorite of adults and children alike was written by Theodor Geisel, also known as "Dr. Seuss," and the music composed by Albert Hague.

    Mr. Grinch.

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Spc. Darnell Crater, tuba player, Ivy Division Band, 4th Infantry Division, captures the spirit and personae of Thurl Ravenscroft during a vocal performance of the contemporary classic "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," during the...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. - Commanding general of 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins introduces the Ivy Division Band performing a Mountain Post Holiday Concert for the Fort Carson and Greater Colorado Springs communities at McMahon Auditorium Dec. 4. "This is a special treat for us here tonight during a special time of year," Perkins said. "We have the best band in the U.S. Army, playing for the best division and the best audience in the Army, quality musicians, quality Soldiers, playing for a well-deserving audience ... the Soldiers and Family members of the 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson."

    Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins.

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Commanding general of 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins introduces the Ivy Division Band performing a Mountain Post Holiday Concert for the Fort Carson and Greater Colorado Springs communities at...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. - Staff Sgt. Demetra Mormino, a flutist from Pella, Iowa, assigned to the 4th Infantry Division Ivy Division Band, jazzes audiences with a solo performance of Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" during the Fort Carson Holiday Concert at McMahon Auditorium Dec. 4. The Ivy Division Band performed traditional and contemporary holiday classics for Soldiers and Families of the Fort Carson and greater Colorado Springs communities during a free concert showcasing musical arrangements and vocal performances celebrating the Christmas spirit.

    Santa Baby.

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Staff Sgt. Demetra Mormino, a flutist from Pella, Iowa, assigned to the 4th Infantry Division Ivy Division Band, jazzes audiences with a solo performance of Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" during the Fort Carson Holiday Concert at...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. - Sgt. Francisco Esquer, guitarist in the Rhythm Section of the 4th Infantry Division Ivy Division Band, belts out "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," during the Fort Carson Holiday Concert at McMahon Auditorium Dec. 4. Esquer, who hails from Los Angeles, led several musical arrangements during the gala concert event, adding an electric rhythm to such Christmas classics as, "Jingle Bells," and "Christmas Eve in Sarajevo," at times earning applause and standing ovations.

    Esquer.

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Sgt. Francisco Esquer, guitarist in the Rhythm Section of the 4th Infantry Division Ivy Division Band, belts out "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," during the Fort Carson Holiday Concert at McMahon Auditorium Dec. 4. Esquer, who...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Saxophones, French Horns, trumpets and trombones swing to "Jolly Ol' St. Nick" during the 4th Infantry Division Ivy Division Band Holiday Concert at McMahon Auditorium Dec. 4. The horn section led the traditional Christmas classic during the free band concert for the Fort Carson and greater Colorado Springs communities.

    Horns.

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Saxophones, French Horns, trumpets and trombones swing to "Jolly Ol' St. Nick" during the 4th Infantry Division Ivy Division Band Holiday Concert at McMahon Auditorium Dec. 4. The horn section led the traditional Christmas classic...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marvin Cardo, commander and conductor of the Ivy Division Band, leads the Fort Carson Holiday Concert, playing classical and contemporary musical arrangements for the Fort Carson and greater Colorado Springs communities at McMahon Auditorium Dec. 4. The Ivy Division Band performed traditional and contemporary holiday classics during a free concert showcasing musical arrangements and vocal performances celebrating the Christmas spirit.

    Conductor.

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marvin Cardo, commander and conductor of the Ivy Division Band, leads the Fort Carson Holiday Concert, playing classical and contemporary musical arrangements for the Fort Carson and greater Colorado Springs...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. - Audience members give a standing ovation to the 4th Infantry Division Ivy Division Band, after the musical arrangement, "Christmas Eve in Sarajevo" played during the Fort Carson Holiday Concert at McMahon Auditorium Dec. 4. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marvin Cardo, commander and conductor of the Ivy Division Band, conducted the holiday concert, playing classic and contemporary musical arrangements for the Fort Carson and greater Colorado Springs communities.

    Standing ovation.

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Audience members give a standing ovation to the 4th Infantry Division Ivy Division Band, after the musical arrangement, "Christmas Eve in Sarajevo" played during the Fort Carson Holiday Concert at McMahon Auditorium Dec. 4. Chief...

FORT CARSON, Colo. - The 4th Infantry Division Ivy Division Band celebrated the Christmas Spirit hosting the Fort Carson Holiday Concert at McMahon Auditorium for the Mountain Post and greater Colorado Springs communities Dec. 4.
The Ivy Division Band performed classical and contemporary holiday classics during the free concert showcasing musical arrangements and vocal performances celebrating the Christmas spirit.
"This is a special treat for us here tonight during a special time of year," said Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson. "We have the best band in the U.S. Army, playing for the best division and the best audience in the Army - quality musicians, quality Soldiers, playing for a well-deserving audience ... the Soldiers and Family members of the 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson."
Led by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marvin Cardo, commander and conductor, and 1st Sgt. Cornell Herrington, Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Inf. Div., the Ivy Division Band played a wide array of holiday favorites ranging from traditional classics, such as "Gesu Bambino/O Holy Night," to musical scores from famous Christmas movies and jazzy renditions of contemporary musicians, like "Must've Been Ol' Santa Claus," by Harry Connick Jr., and "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," written by Theodor Geisel, commonly known as "Dr. Seuss."
Local musicians Sarah Herrington, Ashley Brokovich, Lee Barnes, Tom Champe and Douglas Highfield, also performed as guest musicians with the band during its 16 musical arrangements played in honor of America's Soldiers.
Amy Downing, guest vocalist, lent her musical talents to the evening, singing the "National Anthem," and rock renditions of "Jingle Bells," and the traditional "Little Drummer Boy."
In remembrance of the Soldiers stationed around the world standing watch, guest vocalist Christine Crater, spouse of Spc. Darnell Crater, a tuba player assigned to the Ivy Division Band, performed the difficult Italian Christmas carol, "Gesu Bambino," composed by Pietro Yon in 1917, combined with the traditional classic "O Holy Night," composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847.
The musicians did an outstanding job at the gala event that showcased the band's diversity, performing classical, jazz and rock renditions of the holiday musical arrangements for the Soldiers, Families and members of the Fort Carson communities, said Sgt. William Cole, Ivy Division Band transportation coordinator and trombone player.
"We try to play for the community as much as possible," said Cole. "It means a lot. We all come from different backgrounds, but the one common language we have is music."
Audience members cheered and applauded with standing ovations, rising to their feet for the band musicians after the musical arrangements, "Christmas Eve in Sarajevo," and the final performance an impromptu Christmas Medley mixed with John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

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