eNewsletter, April 2018: The Army Field Band Returns to Norway

The Morwegian Military Tattoo

The U.S. Army Field Band is in Oslo, Norway this week, performing in the 13th Norwegian Military Tattoo. Established in 1994 and held every other year at the Oslo Spektrum arena, the tattoo is Norway’s largest indoor show, featuring approximately 1,000 military and civilian musicians from around the world.

The Army Field Band knows the Norwegian Military Tattoo well, having partcipated twice before, most recently in 2006. Participants from that year still remember the experience fondly.
The Morwegian Military Tattoo

“An international tattoo is an amazing opportunity to meet Soldiers and musicians of other cultures,” said Sergeant First Class Phillip Johnson, trumpet player with The U.S. Army Field Band. “Last time, there were bands there from Spain, Australia, Germany, Thailand, and many other places. Hearing them perform was eye-opening, and getting to know their members as people was just as worthwhile. Strengthening relationships with our allies is a valuable thing.”

For the 2018 Norwegian Military Tattoo, Sergeant First Class Robert Marino and Staff Sergeant Selena Maytum were tasked with designing the drill for the Army Field Band. “We wanted our show to be a representation of Americana,” Maytum said. “We’re the only American band performing this year, and we wanted to bring distinctly American music, such as big band music and music from films like Star Wars and The Incredibles. We also wanted to play Norwegian folk songs, but we’re doing it in a Jimi Hendrix sort of way.”

The Field Band rehearsing for the tattoo

Colonel Jim Keene, commander of the Army Field Band, sees the tattoo as a great opportunity to partner with American allies. “Music has been a part of every military since recorded time,” he said. “Whether used to signal for troops, or as a bridge over the gap of spoken language, music in the military remains in a unique category within military capabilities. When our talented American Army musicians share the stage in Norway with other military musicians from far-away nations like New Zealand, Great Britain, and Turkey, we can inspire critical insight into understanding and cooperation in a complex world.”

Sergeant Major Scott Vincent agreed that music is one of the best vehicles for domestic and foreign relations. “Music is relatable to everyone,” he said. “These opportunities can open the door for talks with foreign leaders and keep a strong relationship between America and other countries throughout the world.”

The Army Field Band is honored to return to the Norwegian Military Tattoo. “It’s an honor to be invited back,” Vincent said. “We have a premier military ensemble that has performed in some of the greatest venues across the United States. To be invited to represent America overseas speaks to the elite status of the organization and the musicians we have.”

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