10th Mountain Division Band presents holiday concert series

wwny 10th Mountain Division Band presents holiday concert series

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WWNY) - Do you hear what I hear? It’s the 10th Mountain Division Band back with its holiday concert series.

A lot of soldiers train on the range. These soldiers train in the band room.

The 10th Mountain Division Band is ready for this year's holiday concert series, a process that started all the way back in the summer.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Parker is the band commander.

"Last year we scheduled three and one of them got cancelled because of the snow so this year we got ambitious and we're doing five to give everyone the opportunity to come and see," he said.

The band says the purpose of this holiday series is to connect with the community.

"We couldn't do what we do at Fort Drum without the help of the community, so it's a chance to give back," said Parker.

Staff Sergeant Patrick McGee plays trumpet for the band.

"I think folks are often surprised at what we can do because when you think of a soldier, we're maybe not what pops right into the forefront of your mind. There are a lot of jobs and this is one of them, so we love to change expectations," he said.

The band will play holiday classics along with some modern tunes.

"We've got moments that will make you laugh and moments that will make you cry. We have got the most epic holiday medley that you've ever seen in your life," said Parker.

All shows are open to the public and free of charge. The first one is this Saturday at Watertown High School.

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