FORT LEE, Va. – Fort Lee’s traditional holiday concert featuring the 40-member 392nd Army Band is scheduled for 3 p.m., Dec. 12 in the Lee Theater. It’s free and open to the public, and tickets are not required.

“We plan a special salute to the military this year,” said Warrant Officer Kevin L. Pick, the band’s director. “The theme will be ‘A Soldier’s Holiday.'”

During the concert, Sgt. 1st Class James Richmond will portray a deployed Soldier who is alone on the holiday, away from his family, and learns via YouTube an Army Band is performing nearby, said Pick. “He wants to celebrate and get into the holiday spirit, and is pleased to attend the production.

“We will be using a lot of technology this year as the performance moves along,” he noted. “It will be a neat mix of music and technology.

The 90-minute performance will showcase the full band and also feature many of the small ensembles. These will include several brass quintets a Latin combo, the woodwind group and others. A number of the selections will be arranged by the band members.

Stage props and visual aids on a projection screen will capture the Yuletide atmosphere.

“The holiday concert will be a little different than past winter concerts and we are looking forward to entertaining the community once again,” said Pick, who will conduct the performance. Due to expected downsizing of the band to a dozen Soldiers in 2016, this will be the last traditional holiday concert by the full band.

This family friendly concert will include a number of traditional holiday favorites including “Sleigh Ride.”

“We invite the community to come out and enjoy the performance. There will be some surprises, and the new technology features will add to enjoyment by everyone.”

The 392nd Army Band also will perform at Fort Lee’s Grand Illumination, Dec. 3, 4:30 p.m., outside the Lee Club.

Fort Lee visitors who don’t have a DOD-issued identification card or post pass will be required to complete a background check to access post. For more information about this requirement, visit www.lee.army.mil/access. The visitor control center is located at the Lee Avenue gate.

For more details about upcoming band performances, visit the 392nd’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/392armyband.

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