Band performs for Children's Day
June 9, 2008
Children's laughter fills the outdoor theater at the Gyeonggido English Village at Paju, the most European architected town in Korea. Soon, 2nd Infantry Division Band members bustle through the stage to set up the instruments and music stands.
"We got here to better the relationship between the American and Korean alliance, and celebrate the Korean national holiday, Children's Day," said Spc. Evan Bunch, a percussionist, 2ID Band, Division Special Troops Battalion.
The concert started with a calming piece of music, Pachelbel's canon, which most of the audience recognized. Then it moved on to many more tunes from popular movies, local Korean children's songs and Disney themes to cater to the children in the audience.
The Warrior band provided two performances, one in the morning and one in the afternoon at the outdoor theater.
"I came to the English Village to have a day out with my two daughters to enjoy sunny Children's Day," said Kim, Jung Soon, one of the attendees.
"This is interesting to see American Soldiers playing music at the English Village. They come across more friendly to us throwing such concerts for civilians."
Korean Soldiers in the band assisted with translation and sang Korean cartoon-themed songs, prompting many children to sing along. People were also entertained when trumpet players, who came off their seats from the stage, went around the audience and showed off how powerful the sound of the band was.
"While we are playing, I get a chance to look up every once in a while," said Spc. Kathy Siller, a flute player, 2ID Band, DSTB. "We play a mix of Korean and American music and it's great to see the audience singing along with us and tapping their toes and clapping their hands."
The concert added extra fun and foreign atmosphere in the village, according to one of the teachers. The students enjoyed the music provided by the American Soldiers, and Families enjoyed the leisurely afternoon while celebrating the youthful day.
"They seem to really appreciate the American Soldiers being here and working with our Korean friends," said Siller. "It's a good feeling to have kids wanting us to be in the country and do what we do for all."