YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Soldiers from the 8th Army Band received high accolades Jan. 24 from 8th Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson for their performance during the 3rd Annual Korea-America Friendship Holiday Concert.

Held Dec. 19, 2010, the concert showcased the strong alliance between American and Korean citizens through performances by the 8th Army Band and the Korean Prima Donna Ensemble.

"It's a big deal for me that 8th Army has a band," said Johnson. "It's a whole lot more than just playing good music. It's about promoting Korean-American friendships."

Sgt. 1st Class Vannessa Barrett, administrative noncommissioned officer-in- charge and flute player, said it meant a lot that Johnson personally invited the band to the 8th Army Headquarters to thank them for their performance.

"It's very seldom," said Barrett. "We don't get that a lot."

Sgt. 1st Class Scott Krbec, band senior operations NCO and trumpet player, said he felt very appreciated.

"Having a commanding general address the unit specifically is very gratifying," said Krbec.

Johnson, a former clarinet player, asked each Soldier what instrument they played as he presented them with coins.