Ensemble jazzes up holiday season in South Korea
The 8th Army Band Jazz Ensemble performs a holiday concert Dec. 11 at the Dragon Hill Lodge on Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The sparkling of holiday lights, smells of sweet eggnog and swinging sounds of brass instruments were among the festivities avid holiday goers enjoyed Dec. 11 as the 8th Army Band Jazz Ensemble performed a holiday concert at the Dragon Hill Lodge.

The concert featured numerous holiday song favorites with an upbeat flavor.

Master Sgt. George P. Barrett, conductor and noncommissioned officer in charge of the 8th Army Jazz Ensemble, said he wanted to bring diversity to the Yongsan community.

"It's something different, it's entertaining," said Barrett. "You can't help but move when you hear that beat of the drum, the powerful horns coming in, and the saxophones. That's what gets people moving."

Sgt. Maj. Dexter Kimble, 8th Army G3 aviation sergeant major, said he came out to enjoy the non-traditional holiday concert because he loved jazz and was happy the jazz ensemble decided to hold a concert that put a different twist on holiday music instead of the old traditional style.

Aside from the more experienced lovers of jazz, Michael Francom said it was his first time attending a jazz concert, and just as Barrett hoped for, the electricity of the jazz concert couldn't leave Francom in his seat.

"Traditional holiday music is so blah," said Francom. "When they spiced it up, it got me moving."

Page last updated Fri July 22nd, 2011 at 12:16