Sgt. Aaron Johnson sings his first performance of the National Anthem for local hockey game

By Sgt. Craig Hull
10th Mountain Division Band

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Photo credit: Spc. McDermott
Sgt. Johnson sings the National Anthem at Watertown Wolves hockey game in Watertown, NY.
On Friday, January 19, 2018 10th Mountain Division’s own Sgt. Aaron Johnson of Moroni, UT sang the United States National Anthem for the opening ceremony of a Watertown Wolves hockey game. The Watertown Wolves hockey team celebrated “R.E.D. Fridays” honoring Soldiers who are serving our country in countries across the world.

Sgt. Johnson is a Trumpet player and vocalist for the 10th Mountain Division Army Band at Fort Drum, NY. He has a Bachelor's in Commercial Music from Snow College in Ephraim and is currently a vocalist and trumpet player for of the band’s very own rock band "Avalanche." Sgt. Johnson also works as the unit armorer, and bugler for many ceremonies on and off post.

Being that this is his first public performance of the National Anthem as a vocalist, Johnson said prior to the event, “I feel very honored to have this opportunity. Singing the National Anthem as a vocalist is like playing taps as a bugler. Both very important things you do as a Soldier-Musician”.

The 10th Mountain Division Band works diligently to send soldiers such as Sgt. Johnson to bridge the gap between Army and community, with a touch of class, air of morale, and esprit de corps for both Soldiers and civilians. It is for events such as these that the band prides itself on being a part of to connect with the local community and the American people.

Sgt. Johnson said even though he was nervous, he was very excited for this opportunity and he is looking forward to doing it again in the future. This is just the beginning of his career as a Army musician, and it comes as no surprise that he is proud to represent his unit, his battalion, 10th Mountain Division, the Army, and all Americans Soldiers. For Sgt. Johnson, this will be a moment he treasures forever.

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