2004 U.S. Army Soldier Show - Army Entertainment Division - FMWRC
The U.S. Army Soldier Show is a musical ensemble comprised of soldiers which tours military installations annually. Its current form originated in 1983 from several existing shows, but Sgt. Israel Beilin directed the first version of the Army Soldier Show, "Yip Yip Yaphank" in 1918. Beilin is better known as Irving Berlin. He also coined the ensemble's motto: "Entertainment for the Soldier, by the Soldier."
Following the selection of the cast and crew, soldiers work with the Army Entertainment Division of FMWRC as a deployable military unit. Training at Fort Belvoir lasts six weeks, after which time, the group tours for up to seven months. Performances can include up to 40 songs in a variety of genres during each 90 minute performance.
The Soldier Show is not funded with any taxpayer funds, but with non-appropriated funds generated by business programs of FMWRC.
The theme for the 2010 season is "Soldier Show 27.0," drawing from the 27th anniversary of the group and technology such as social media.
Learn more about the U.S. Army Soldier Show by visit our official website online at www.armymwr.com
U.S. Army photos. Cleared for public release.