Story and photos by Sgt. David Strayer
109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, U.S. Division-North Public Affairs
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq – Musicians of Ivy Division Band’s rock band, High Altitude, hosted a series of concerts for Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade deployed to southern Iraq, Dec. 9-10.
The band performed its eclectic collection of rocking riffs, bluesy rhythms and gritty vocals for 3rd “Iron” AAB Soldiers deployed to U.S. Division-South at Contingency operating bases Adder and Garry Owen.
The mission of the 4th Inf. Div.’s Ivy Division Band is to provide quality music and entertainment to build morale, esprit de corps and cohesion for Soldiers of the 4th Inf. Div. and U.S. Division-North, said 1st Sgt. Cornell Herrington, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Ivy Division Band.
Herrington, who plays trombone for High Altitude, said the rock band made a special trip to southern Iraq to boost morale and provide 3rd AAB Soldiers, who are nearing the end of a 12-month deployment, an opportunity to take a break from the routine of work.
Deployed to southern Iraq in March of 2010, approximately 3,500 Iron Brigade Soldiers assumed the mission to advise, assist, mentor and train Iraqi Security Forces in the Dhi Qar, Basra, Muthanna and Maysan provinces of southern Iraq Sept. 1 as Operation Iraqi Freedom transitioned to Operation New Dawn.
“This is by far one of the most exciting things that has happened to us in the past five months,” said Pfc. Joseph Sylvia, infantryman, Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div, U.S. Division-South.
Sylvia said everyone in attendance enjoyed the band’s performance.
Caught up in the music and the atmosphere created by the rocking 4th Inf. Div. band, Joseph grabbed a tambourine, joining the band at the front of the room to dance with the music.
“We love to see things like that,” said High Altitude lead vocalist Spc. Darnell Crater.