Community enjoys ‘Sounds of the Holidays’ at Columbus RiverCenter

(Fort Benning, Ga) Soldiers and families from Fort Benning, Columbus and the surrounding community gather for the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band Annual Holiday Concert, December, 04 2016 at the RiverCenter. (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

The local community gathered Dec. 4 to enjoy the sounds of the holidays performed by the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band during their annual Holiday Concert in Columbus, Ga. (Photos by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

Fort Benning Public Affairs /

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Soldiers, families, and community members from Fort Benning, Columbus, Phenix City and the surrounding area(Fort Benning, Ga) Soldiers and families from Fort Benning, Columbus and the surrounding community gather for the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band Annual Holiday Concert, December, 04 2016 at the RiverCenter. (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer) gathered Dec. 4 to enjoy a traditional and contemporary selection of holiday tunes performed by the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band during their annual Holiday Concert at the RiverCenter in Columbus, Ga.

The band played a collection of holiday favorites to the delight of the audience, along with supporting several outstanding vocalist performances.

And in the spirit of the season, Cindy Wesley, wife of Maj. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, recited “’T’was the Night before Christmas” to many attentive and wide-eyed (Fort Benning, Ga) Soldiers and families from Fort Benning, Columbus and the surrounding community gather for the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band Annual Holiday Concert, December, 04 2016 at the RiverCenter. (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)children who had gathered on the main stage to hear the timeless holiday favorite. Many of the children were Gold Star Family Members.

Gold Star Families are recognized for the sacrifices their families have made when a relative has died in service to our nation.

For over 50 years, the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band has taken great pride in entertaining the Soldiers, military families, and civilians of the Fort Benning, Columbus, and Phenix City communities.

The band creates esprit de corps among Soldiers and veterans, as well as provide a patriotic spirit within the civilian community.

The Maneuver Center of Excellence Band wishes a happy and safe holiday season to all!

Gold Star Family Members enjoyed the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band 2016 Holiday Concert and Mrs. Cindy Wesley, wife of Commanding General of Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Maj. Gen. Eric Wesley, reading of Twas the Night before Christmas.Cindy Wesley, wife of Maj. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, recites “’T’was the Night before Christmas” to Gold Star Family children as part of the MCoE Band annual Holiday Concert Dec. 4 at the RiverCenter in Columbus, Ga. (Photo by: MCoE PAO Photographer)

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