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Band Bloggers – Telling the Army story through social media

By Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick

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Photo credit: The U.S. Army Field Band
Staff Sgt. Lauren Veronie travels the country playing the euphonium as a member of the U.S. Army Field Band. Stationed at Fort Meade, Md., she travels more than 100 days a year, performing concerts for thousands of Americans. Staff Sgt. Veronie has been sharing her experiences on Army Strong Stories since MAY 2009.
Army Strong Stories (www.armystrongstories.com), the Army’s first-ever Soldier blog, recently unveiled an enhanced site design and introduced several new features, further positioning the story-sharing site as a resource for authentic information about Army life.

Today, all Soldiers, families, friends and other supporters are invited to tell their story through video or written submissions. The Soldier blog itself features several longstanding regular Army Band contributors, including:

Col. Thomas Palmatier – Col. Palmatier is Commander of the U.S. Army Field Band, the Army’s premier touring musical unit. He shares photos and updates from concerts across the country with Army Strong Stories readers. A blogger since AUG 2009, Col. Palmatier is stationed at Fort Meade, Md.

Staff Sgt. Mark Lucero – Staff Sgt. Lucero plays the tuba and is the Army Band Liaison for the First Recruiting Brigade, stationed at Ft. Meade, Md. He auditions and recruits America’s finest musicians for positions within the U.S. Army Bands. He has been providing readers an inside look at the recruiting process since APR 2009.

Sgt. 1st Class Richard Ruddle – Stationed at Ft. Myer, Va., Sgt. 1st Class Ruddle serves as a Senior Instrumentalist Snare Drummer and Public Affairs Supervisor for the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Blogging since December 2009, he highlights Fife and Drum Corps concerts and shares the meaning of Army Strong in his posts.

Staff Sgt. Lauren Veronie – Staff Sgt. Veronie travels the country playing the euphonium as a member of The U.S. Army Field Band. Stationed at Fort Meade, Md., she travels more than 100 days a year, performing concerts for thousands of Americans. Staff Sgt. Veronie has been sharing her experiences on Army Strong Stories since May 2009.

Staff Sgt. Alexander Borisov – A Fife Instrumentalist and Public Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer for the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, Staff Sgt. Borisov has been sharing his experiences with Army Strong Stories readers since February 2010. His posts highlight the 50th anniversary of the Fife and Drum Corps and the group’s travels across the country.

Featured Stories
In addition to regular blog posts from Army Band bloggers, a number of Band Soldiers have shared their Army story. Their video submissions cover a wide range of topics, including the decision to join the Army, the experience playing for troops in Iraq and the travel opportunities presented by a career in the Army Band. Check out just a few examples from fellow Band Soldiers:

• An Amazing Journey by Sgt. 1st Class April Boucher
• Playing for Troops in Iraq by Sgt. James Weary
• Playing in the Army Band by Staff Sgt. Glenn Robertson

Follow the Conversation and Share Your Own Story
There are several ways to follow and join the Army Band conversations taking place on Army Strong Stories. You can stay up-to-date on new Army Band blog posts at http://www.armystrongstories.com/category/army-band/ or click on the Band-related tags that appear in the tag cloud on every page to find relevant posts and stories.

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