Boucher a vocalist for her country

By Holly Richards
Coshocton Tribune

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Photo credit: SFC Rob McIver
SSG(P) April Boucher in concert.
COSHOCTON - When April Wright Boucher began showcasing her singing talent at a young age, she never imagined she would travel the country and the world with a renowned show band.

"I started singing in church when I was 3," she said. "It's something I've always done; I've done it my whole life."

For the past two years, Staff Sergeant Boucher has been serving her country as a vocalist in the United States Army Field Band called The Volunteers.

When the Coshocton native enlisted in the military 13 years ago, she was excited to learn of the music program.

"I scheduled an audition and started with the Navy Band," she said. "I was a vocalist and played percussion. I saw there was an opening in D.C. with permanent duty and a promotion; I auditioned for that and switched to the Army."

The Volunteers offer a taste of everything for every music fan. Boucher said they're most like a Top 40 band, playing everything from pop and rock to country and rhythm and blues. They have been featured at massive outdoor arenas, small school auditoriums and veteran's and children's hospitals.

As a staff sergeant, Boucher keeps busy with various responsibilities including stage manager, working in the graphics department, booking appearances and gigs, rehearsals and even physical training.

At the age of 34, Boucher, who now lives in Fort Meade, Md., has no intention of slowing down now.

"I would like to finish my 20-year career; I've got seven years to go," she said. "I could go to 35; I love what I do and I love serving. We'll see what happens. I enjoy the people I get to reach all over the country. Our mission is to represent the troops serving all over the world."

While she has served in various locations across the country and globe, this summer will be her first time performing back home in the Buckeye State. She and the band will work their musical magic at the Ohio State Fair on Aug. 8 and 9 in Columbus. They are scheduled to perform at 5 and 7:30 p.m. on those days at the Main Street stage.

"I'm excited and I hope I have a lot of my hometown people there," she said. "I'm really looking forward to it. My family and friends are proud and excited to come to the shows."

She said the band plays two 30-day tours in the United States in various regions. From June through September, The Volunteers will stay close to home in the East playing at fairs, festivals and other events in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

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