Fort Jackson and the Army Training Center gave the Midlands community an early present through a concert by the 282nd Army Band.

Basic Combat Training Soldiers as well as 437 community members watched the "Home for the Holidays" concert Dec. 14 at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, South Carolina.

The 282nd, commanded and conducted by Chief Warrant Officer 3 George T. Bauer, played numerous holiday staples including "Home for the Holidays," "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "O Holy Night."
Bauer said the audience would hear some of the best musicians the Army has.

"These musicians have talent beyond compare," said Bauer, native of Clemson, South Carolina, as he spoke during the concert.

"Happy holidays to all," said Brig. Gen. Milford H. "Beags" Beagle Jr., Fort Jackson's commander at the start of the show. "Please accept our gift of holiday music.

'Tonight is our gift to you -- Army style."