Army delays band contests
May 13, 2007
The Army’s 2007 Battle of the Bands and Stars of Tomorrow contests scheduled for this month have been postponed.
After issuing a press release April 25 announcing the event, Installation Management Command Europe and Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Entertainment Division announced Friday that “several factors outside the command’s control have forced postponement of this year’s competitions.”
Citing the cancellation of the Department of the Army-level event as one factor, the installation command and entertainment division officials said the postponement “will allow both organizations to explore cost-effective ways to partner in conducting these two heretofore popular Soldier programs in the future.”
No new dates for the competitions, scheduled for May 26-27, were announced.
Winners of regional competitions are normally flown to the States to participate in the Armywide-level event. Bands from Europe have traditionally done well there.
This marks the second consecutive year that the events have either been canceled or postponed. The competitions require that at least half of any bands participating in the “battle” be uniformed servicemembers, and all other competitors be U.S. ID card holders.
Because of current deployments and unit movement and transformation within the European theater, the installation command said there weren’t enough interested performers.
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