Talent show in Kuwait highlights troops
July 4, 2004
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — More than a dozen acts displayed their talents Friday night during the Independence Day Talent Show sponsored by Morale, Welfare and Recreation on Camp Arifjan.
Some sang karaoke, while several musicians played instruments themselves. There was also a poetry reading and several dance troupes that performed.
Medals were given in four categories: non-musical, instrumental, musical and vocals. There was also a trophy given to the top overall performer.
Sgt. Shawn Tucker, 32nd Transportation Company, took first in vocals and was named overall winner. Spc. Chalaire Vicks, 209th Personnel Service Detachment, walked away as the best in the non-musical category with a dramatic interpretation of the poem “Don’t Let Him Break You.” Dan Keesler was voted the best instrumentalist with his bass guitar plucking. The dance group Tolero — Staff Sgt. Marisabel Contreresgomez, and Pfcs. Margaret Hererra and Joann Perez, all from the 348th Personnel Group — took first in the musical category.
While some contestants performed better than others, several audience members said it took courage to get on stage.
“I give everybody credit for getting up there,” said Spc. Jacob Hart, who traveled from Camp Spearhead with Pfc. Jaysen Atchison to watch the show. They said they felt bad for one performer, Kenny, who couldn’t remember the words to the 3 Doors Down song “Kryptonite.”
Hart and Atchison said their favorite performance came from the Blue Falcon band. Blue Falcon also seemed to be the crowd favorite as some chanted for a recount when it didn’t place at all, let alone take top honors.
The Blue Falcon members who performed Friday night were Spcs. Dustin Wieting and Nick Benson. They performed an original song titled “That’s Right I Said It.” They wrote the song with another band member, Spc. Jason Bain, and based it on things they’ve seen during their 14 months in the Mideast.
“There’s just inspiration everywhere,” said Benson. “We’ve seen a lot of guys cheating on their wives, and wives [back home] cheating on them.”
Cheating is one topic they covered in the song they performed Friday. Other topics include girls who use the low women-to-men ratio to their advantage, and soldiers who manage to avoid hard work. They also pay tribute to all those who do their jobs the way they’re supposed to do them.
“A lot of girls get offended when they hear the song,” Wieting said. “They take it to heart.”
The band, which has been together for only four months, has several other songs its members have written. Members said they’re hoping to record an album so troops here can take their songs home with them.