U.S. Army Birthday Ball in Europe
Date of event: Saturday, June 24, 2017
First contact with client: Friday, June 16, 2017
For the past 2 years, Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency has supplied the music and entertainment for the U.S. Army Birthday Ball in Washington DC.
This year I received a call from Frankfurt, Germany while I was out of town in New Jersey and New Hampshire for five days only 8 days before this very important celebration in Europe.
The 2017 U.S. Army Europe Ball "75 Years of Strong Europe!“ will take place on Saturday, 24 June at the Steigenberger Hotel in Frankfurt, Germany.
Our Mission / Client Request:
To get Lee Greenwood to record a short video message to everyone. The Client would like to play it and then have everyone join in to sing Lee's hit "God Bless the USA“. They didn't need anything that's edited or fancy, just a straight-into-the-camera message all in one take. About 30 seconds long.
No big deal...right? Well...as it turned out Lee was on vacation with his family that week in Italy aboard a boat! Boats over there have little or no conductivity to the internet. Oh, and did I mention the event date is only 8 days away?
Over 32 Years of Experience:
As we've seen "everything" in our over 3 decades in this business, we were able to locate Lee and ask him to accomplish this task in record time all in one take for our men and women in uniform in Europe. Lastly, Lt. General Ben Hodges was going to be in attendance and this was an extra special surprise for him!
Lee and his i-Phone to the rescue to create this video, which was a surprise and a huge success! G-d Bless the USA!
To make music and entertainment happen, call upon Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency.
Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP, FSO-CS
Note: Mark Sonder is a Flotilla Staff Officer of Communication Services with the U.S. Coast Guard Aux out of Ft. Macon, North Carolina