• FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- Members of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band play for the troop medical clinic on Fort Eustis, Va., Dec. 15. The band has spread holiday cheer throughout more than 60 locations on Fort Eustis throughout the past week and will finish with quartet at the front gate Dec. 16 from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Pictured left to right: Sgts. 1st Class Tim Bradley, Liz Watson, Staff Sgt. Daniel Ocanas and Sgt. 1st Class Audrey Gomez. (U.S. Army photo by Frederick R. Poole)

    FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- Members of the U.S. Army...

    FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- Members of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band play for the troop medical clinic on Fort Eustis, Va., Dec. 15. The band has spread holiday cheer throughout more than 60 locations on Fort Eustis throughout the past week...

  • FORT EUSTIS, Va. " "Dueling pianos" Sgt. Clarence Creer and Edward Martin, U.S. Training and Doctrine Command Band keyboardists, spread holiday cheer by playing jazz holiday carols at the entrance to the Fort Eustis Post Exchange, Dec. 15. The band has played holiday music at more than 60 locations on Fort Eustis throughout the past week and will finish with quartet at the front gate Dec. 16 from 8:30 to 9 a.m. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Adam Muller)

    FORT EUSTIS, Va. " "Dueling pianos" Sgt...

    FORT EUSTIS, Va. " "Dueling pianos" Sgt. Clarence Creer and Edward Martin, U.S. Training and Doctrine Command Band keyboardists, spread holiday cheer by playing jazz holiday carols at the entrance to the Fort Eustis Post Exchange, Dec. 15. The band has...

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.

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