Zama City Harmony Hall rocks to holiday music
ZAMA CITY, Japan -- For the fourth year, the U.S. Army Japan Band from nearby Camp Zama, performed before a packed house at Harmony Hall here Saturday, Dec. 17.
This was the second night for a two-day performance of holiday music that has become a tradition here. This was also the first year for two shows that were slated to accommodate the number of mostly Japanese attending the concert that has continually grown to fill a list longer than seats available. Some people traveled as far as Osaka and Sendai to attend one of the two performances this year.
The USARJ Band was joined by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Central Army Band as well as Sagami Junior High School chorus group, Zama American High School chorus, Zama City Artist Association, and local performers.
This year the Zama City mayor, Mikio Endo, also conducted the bilateral band and sang to the delight of the audience.
Welcoming remarks were given by the commanding general of USARJ, Maj. Gen. James F. Pasquarette, before the music filled the hall.
Thanks were also given to the Zama City Government, Zama Sports and Cultural Promotion Foundation, Zama International Society, and the Harmony Hall staff for their support for two great performances.
The USARJ Band is stationed at nearby Camp Zama.