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What’s the name of your band and what kind of music do you play?

Our band is called Second Hand Mojo and we play blues and rock.

What are your musical influences?

Etta James, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Ray Vaughn. I’m an Air Force brat from Alexandria, Va. My father recently retired after 41 years as a reserve Air Force colonel. My mother also retired as a full bird colonel. I’ve never heard of a song about being the daughter of two colonels, but I’d love to hear one. If I knew one I’d sing it.

Why did you start the band?

My husband, who is a Department of the Army civilian at Grafenwöhr, was in Iraq in the reserves. He was a major with the 317th Rear Area Operations Center. Now he is a lieutenant colonel with the 3747th Multi Functional Training Brigade Europe. I was taking classical voice lessons and my voice coach made me promise that I would perform in front of people after my husband came back. We started the band out of that promise to perform for my husband after he came back from Iraq.

What’s the most memorable thing that has happened to you on stage?

Our first gig, on August 6, 2005. The microphones weren’t working very well and I couldn’t hear myself.

Your band played for more than 1,000 recently returned Iraq veterans at Vilseck on March 29. How do you feel about that?

It is a special honor for me because I am a Family Readiness Group leader for the 3747th in Grafenwöhr. We had 23 soldiers go to Afghanistan for the year, so for me this is very special.

Have you ever rapped?

I’m not that talented. It’s hard enough for me to get the singing right.

Have you met any famous musicians?

Cecilia Bartoli, who is the greatest living classical female vocalist in the world. I met her last November after her concert in Berlin. She was short. I expected her to be a big presence because she has this incredible voice. I met The Doobie Brothers back-stage in Washington, D.C. in 1999. I manned a booth to get people to sign a petition to get them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I was there with a friend who is a Doobie fanatic. My friend was totally gaga.

Did you get them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

I don’t know.

Interview by Seth Robson.

Katherine Di Crocco

Age: 39

Title: Singer

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