WIESBADEN, Germany - "America's musical ambassadors in Europe" helped U.S. Army Europe thank the citizens of Wiesbaden for their ongoing friendship and hospitality during a free holiday concert in the Kurhaus Dec. 12.

"We are truly honored to be able to share the gift of music tonight with you all, who do so much for us throughout the year," said Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, USAREUR's deputy chief of staff, Operations.

Describing the "long and close friendship" between the U.S. military and city of Wiesbaden, Williams said, "That has only grown stronger and deeper with the relocation of the United States Army Europe Headquarters here from Heidelberger last year. … You have opened your arms to warmly receive the Soldiers, civilians and family members of our great command, and we are incredibly thankful for that."

To a packed house, Lt. Col. Bruce P. Pulver, commander and conductor of the USAREUR Band and Chorus, led his fellow music makers through a diverse assortment of international holiday songs and instrumentals with the theme "Christmas in Germany: A Holiday Celebration."

"The concert is a beautiful indication of our German-American friendship in Wiesbaden," said Wiesbaden's Lord Mayor Sven Gerich, "which I personally take to heart. "I am very excited to experience this wonderful concert."

The lord mayor also wished all of the citizens of Wiesbaden -- Germans and Americans -- a happy and peaceful Christmas season and a healthy and successful new year.

"We hope that you enjoy tonight's performance by a very talented USAREUR Band and Chorus, our musical ambassadors here in Germany and throughout Europe," said Williams. "It's a small way of showing our gratitude for everything our German hosts, friends and neighbors do on a daily basis to truly make our Soldiers, civilians and family members feel, as our garrison motto states, that Wiesbaden is our 'home in Germany.'"