AMC Band tours Kuwait and Jordan

By Sgt. David Dorfman
Army Materiel Command Band

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Photo credit: Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Bettencourt
Members of The AMC Band with students and educators following a joint performance in Kuwait.
Redstone, AL - While the Army Materiel Command (AMC) Band is closing down this summer, its Soldier-Musicians are still finding innovative ways to support the Army Materiel Command in its mission of providing materiel support to Soldiers and U.S. allied partners.

The AMC Band recently traveled to Kuwait and Jordan to perform for both Soldiers and civilians of the Army Material Command, members of the U.S. Embassies, and local nationals. Over the nine days they were in the region, The band performed for students and Soldiers in celebration of Kuwait’s National Day. They worked in concert with U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait Lawrence Silverman to promote education and scientific research in addition to the overall mission of promoting shared culture between the United States and its allies. In Jordan, they performed at the American Community School of Amman. They then traveled to Kuwait, performing at both the Gulf University for Science and Technology and as part of the American International School’s spring concert series.

In addition to these school performances, The AMC Band was the centerpiece ensemble of the U.S. Embassy of Kuwait’s National Day celebration. They also performed during lunchtime at Camp Patriot for Soldiers and for AMC personnel at Camp Arifjan.

At each school performance, The Band also took time to work individually with student-musicians. These educational missions were especially well received, with both band directors and students voicing their renewed enthusiasm to practice.

Sgt. Sean Peabody, who plays bass and sings for The AMC Band, described a fond memory from the trip: “My favorite part was the gig we played at Camp Patriot. The whole reason I joined the Army Bands is to give Soldiers a piece of home when they are overseas and make their day a little better. Anywhere we can get to Soldiers overseas, we should be doing so."

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