REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The Army Materiel Command Band is like very musical group. Before the big performance, there is a lot of rehearsal.
Right now the band is preparing for a couple of big holiday concerts.
Rehearsal for Sgt. Amy Mahoney means singing with the entire band, or maybe a smaller section. For her, the thoughts during are always the same.
"Don't mess up! No, really just to give the best I can, the best performance. You know, we put so many hours rehearsing into it. We just want to do our best," says Sgt. Mahoney.
For band members, doing their best is complicated because they are soldiers as well as musicians.
"I have that soldier first mentality for sure, because I understand at any moment, if duty calls, I would have to serve in that way. But when I'm actually on the drums that is my way of serving the country. Giving my heart to it," says AMC Band percussionist, Specialist Carldario Brown.
Sgt. Michael Scarlett also puts his heart in it, only his skill is singing. He loves being part of holiday concerts, and wants the audience to have fun, and to do something else too.
"Once the concert is over, they go out to their community and they tell people about the Army Materiel Command Band, the talk about Army Materiel Command, and what the Army is doing her in Huntsville," says Sgt. Michael Scarlett.
One thing the Army at Redstone Arsenal is doing is providing a great home for the AMC Band. Commander, Chief Warrant Officer James Bettencourt says rehearsal this time of year takes on an extra urgency. Part of that is the season, and part of it is something else, and that's the civilians in the audience.
"Yes, the military is important, but we would not be able to do it (play the holiday concerts) if it wasn't for their support. So what we're doing is really giving back to them, and let them know that because of them we can do what we do," says Chief Warrant Officer Bettencourt.
It almost goes without saying, that the band does a great job.
There are free holiday concerts, "Twas The Night Before Christmas In Alabama coming up this month. On December 9th, the Band will play at Huntsville's Randolph High School, and the 15th the Band will perform at Madison's James Clemens High School.
Both concerts start at 7:00pm, and they are free to the public.
To learn more about the AMC Band, and future play dates go to http://www.amc.army.mil/amc/band.html