TRADOC Band puts Eustis in the holiday spirit
December 15, 2011
FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- Members of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band spread holiday cheer on behalf of the command and Gen. Robert Cone, TRADOC commanding general, as they performed for more than 60 organizations throughout Fort Eustis during the past week.
Various quartets and quintets, as well as dueling keyboardists, played holiday favorites such as "Silent Night," "Deck the Halls" and "Away in a Manger" at various locations, ranging from the hospital to the post exchange.
"We go out, represent General Cone and TRADOC, and we spread holiday cheer," said Sgt. Maj. Wendy Thomson, the TRADOC band's sergeant major.
Previously, the TRADOC band would play for both Fort Monroe, Va., and Fort Eustis; however, since TRADOC's move to Fort Eustis in September, the band can now provide a double helping of holiday spirit.
Thomson said the band has received a lot of positive feedback from the crowds, who often join in and sing along with the carols.
"You can see their expressions change immediately once we start playing," she said.
Not only does the band's caroling lift the spirits of those listening to the music, but it also brings joy to those who play the holiday music.
"The Soldiers have a blast doing it," Thomson said. "It makes them feel connected."
The band will wrap up its week caroling Dec. 16 with a trombone quartet at the front gate, performing for those entering the installation from 8:30 to 9 a.m.