Rhythm of the Marne Entertains Fort Stewart

By SPC Rachel Davis
3 ID Band

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Photo credit: SGT Brian Bohannon
This past summer at Fort Stewart, GA the 3rd Infantry Division Band, "The Rhythm of the Marne", wowed audiences over and over again with their summer concert series. Featuring several of their talented ensembles and even collaborating with community musicians, the Marne Band has always left their audience wanting more.

The inspiration for this project came upon the request of the Division Commanding General, Major General John M. Murray. The concert series was designed to harbor goodwill between the division and the surrounding communities, and has consisted of four separate concerts spanning over the course of April through July, with each concert showcasing a different Musical Performance Team.

The series was kicked off on April 24th by the 3ID's Rock Band, 5-3-1 Legacy, featuring the vocal talents of SFC Dana Fischl, SGT Jessica Winkler, SGT Todd Gerlach, and SPC Rory Garcia. 5-3-1 Legacy really set the standard high for the proceeding performances, playing a diverse spread of pop and rock charts spanning several decades, as well as incorporating a few original tunes!

In collaboration with the Savannah Philharmonic Choir, under the direction of Mr. Peter Shannon, the 3ID Band put on the second concert in the series on May 22nd. Throughout the course of the evening the combined ensemble performed a variety of musical selections to include songs from The Beatles, Grease, The Beach Boys, and John Williams's "Hymn to the Fallen" which was dedicated to the memory of the Dogface Soldiers that made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation: Iraqi Freedom and Operation: Enduring Freedom. Additionally, SGT Marc Graham, who was instrumental in rehearsing the band for the concert, conducted the choir as they sang "Homeward Bound", also dedicated to the fallen Dogface Soldiers.

The third concert in the series, having taken place on June 19th, showcased the musical talents of the Marne Big Band and the Brass Band, Hearing Protection Required. Incorporating choreography and the use of a megaphone, Hearing Protection Required, wowed the audience with a uniquely thrilling performance. Immediately following, the Marne Big Band took the audience back a few decades with their performance of many jazz/swing standards. At the end of the night the combined performances of both ensembles kept the audience tapping their toes the entire evening.

In the most recent performance in the concert series, the Marne Band took their show to a whole new level. On the evening of July 31st the Brass Quintet, Woodwind Quintet, and the Jazz Combo, Operation Soul, put on a show unlike any yet seen in this concert series. Exclusively for this event the band utilized the effects of digital media to enhance the overall performance. The response was undeniably impressive.

The next concert in the series will take place on October 30th, featuring musicians from the Ludocici High School Drumline, directed by veteran Army Musician SGT (Ret.) Jason Mcelveen. Designed to be a Halloween themed event, this concert will take place in conjunction with a "trunk-or-treat" for the families in the surrounding areas, an event in which families will gather in the parking lot and provide the children in attendance an especially unique trick-or-treating experience. It is sure to be a frightfully exciting and entertaining evening!

The 3ID Band is so grateful to be able to bring these performances to the public thanks to the unwavering support of our Division and Brigade command teams as well as the Soldiers, family members and civilians in the Fort Stewart/Savannah area.

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