• Col. Thomas Rotondi Jr. greets concertmaster Master Sgt. Laura Knudson as he takes the stage for the Army Band's "A Holiday Festival" concert Dec. 8 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.  Over 12,000 came for the four performances of the show, three of the shows with turnaway crowds.

    Taking the stage

    Col. Thomas Rotondi Jr. greets concertmaster Master Sgt. Laura Knudson as he takes the stage for the Army Band's "A Holiday Festival" concert Dec. 8 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Over 12,000 came for the four performances of the show...

  • Louise Mandrell, a versatile musician, enlivens the evening with "The Merry Christmas Polka," which she sang and played, on her accordian, one of many instruments she employed during her guest appearance with the Army Band.

    Polka Time

    Louise Mandrell, a versatile musician, enlivens the evening with "The Merry Christmas Polka," which she sang and played, on her accordian, one of many instruments she employed during her guest appearance with the Army Band.

  • Louise Mandrell's performance of "Little Drummer Boy" is augmented by a routine of precision drumming by percussionists of the Army Band.

    Little Drummer Boys

    Louise Mandrell's performance of "Little Drummer Boy" is augmented by a routine of precision drumming by percussionists of the Army Band.

  • Louise Mandrell connects with the Holiday Festival audience at DAR Constitution Hall, opening with a series of Christmas favorites.

    Guest Artist Louise Mandrell

    Louise Mandrell connects with the Holiday Festival audience at DAR Constitution Hall, opening with a series of Christmas favorites.

  • Backed by the Army Band and the Army Chorus as Santas, Master Sgt. Caleb Green, right, and a swinging combo of clarinet trumpet and trombone rock "It Must Have Been Ol' Snata Claus" at the Holiday Festival matinee Dec. 8.

    Ol' Santa Claus

    Backed by the Army Band and the Army Chorus as Santas, Master Sgt. Caleb Green, right, and a swinging combo of clarinet trumpet and trombone rock "It Must Have Been Ol' Snata Claus" at the Holiday Festival matinee Dec. 8.

  • The first violins take the melody line during the Holiday Festival concert at DAR Constitution Hall.

    Melody makers

    The first violins take the melody line during the Holiday Festival concert at DAR Constitution Hall.

  • The U.S. Army Band and members of "Downrange" bring the gifts of the season to Holiday Festival concertgoers at DAR Constituion Hall in Washington, D.C.  The Army's top musicians capped the weekend concerts with one that broadcast live to servicemembers stationed overseas.

    Rapt audience

    The U.S. Army Band and members of "Downrange" bring the gifts of the season to Holiday Festival concertgoers at DAR Constituion Hall in Washington, D.C. The Army's top musicians capped the weekend concerts with one that broadcast live to...

  • Staff Sgt. Leigh Ann Hinton fills the hall with her clear soprano voice, singing "Worship the King/Celebrate the Gift," a medley of sacred holiday works.

    A Holday Festival

    Staff Sgt. Leigh Ann Hinton fills the hall with her clear soprano voice, singing "Worship the King/Celebrate the Gift," a medley of sacred holiday works.

  • The Army Chorus opened the Holiday Festival concert with a series of holiday favorites exemplifying the "Many Moods of Christmas."

    Army Chorus

    The Army Chorus opened the Holiday Festival concert with a series of holiday favorites exemplifying the "Many Moods of Christmas."

  • Col. Thomas Rotondi Jr. gives the downbeat for the Army Orchestra and Chorus at Pershing's Own's annual holiday concert. The show from 2006 is out on DVD to the troops, but the final show this year broadcast live to military outlets overseas.

    The downbeat

    Col. Thomas Rotondi Jr. gives the downbeat for the Army Orchestra and Chorus at Pershing's Own's annual holiday concert. The show from 2006 is out on DVD to the troops, but the final show this year broadcast live to military outlets overseas.

  • Louise Mandress shares her water with Army Band leader and conductor Col. Thomas Rotondi Jr., after explaining to the audience she "wants to save something" for next day's concert being broadcast to Soldiers on deployment.

    Staying hydrated

    Louise Mandress shares her water with Army Band leader and conductor Col. Thomas Rotondi Jr., after explaining to the audience she "wants to save something" for next day's concert being broadcast to Soldiers on deployment.

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