For 90 minutes on June 15, dozens of members of the installations community were able to witness the artistry of artist Chris Kroeze during a concert at McCoy’s Community Center in Fort McCoy.
The concert, coordinated by the USO of Wisconsin and supported by the Fort McCoy Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Branch, provided the first indoor musical event like the one in office since the start of the pandemic in 2020.
Chris Kroeze stopping to entertain the troops was a breath of fresh air for many servicemen who have spent the past year with the rest of the country watching COVID-19 TV coverage or visiting or staffing test sites, âsaid the director of operations and program. Ellie Hazlett with USO Wisconsin. âFor the USO, being able to bring someone of Chris’ skills and talent to Fort McCoy was exciting. “
Kroeze is originally from Barron, Wisconsin, and is familiar with the facility. âI’m happy to be here,â he said.
Kroeze gained national attention when he entered the hit TV singing competition, The Voice, in the 2018 season. He nearly won the competition – winning runner-up honors.
According to his biography on www.allmusic.com, written by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, the appearance on the show helped propel Kroeze to national prominence.
“Kroeze’s adherence to rock and country traditions proved to be a winning formula for the Wisconsin native when he appeared in season 15 of The Voice,” the biography reads. âHe won the runner-up crown at the end of the season in late 2018, but at this point his heart appeal was evident. He had good placements in the internet charts and he had already racked up years on the road supporting everyone from Montgomery Gentry to the Doobie Brothers.
At Fort McCoy, Kroeze performed a mix of his current and past hits and covered several songs from other artists. Hazlett said having an artist of her skills for a USO gig was special.
âWe hardly ever get this type of USO entertainment at small facilities in the United States,â Hazlett said. âMost of the entertainment options are concentrated abroad, where it’s hard to find a touch of home and where familiar things are more needed. We were able to give Chris his first USO touring experience and open the horizon for the USO to more of this type of event on the post. The USO is always enthusiastic when we can provide entertainment for the military. Plus, with Base easing COVID restrictions, this was the perfect time for a little gig. ”
Prior to the 90 minute performance, Hazlett took Kroeze around the facility in units where he also encountered troops and did a few performances.
âWhile chatting with Chris behind the scenes about why the USO loved to host performers for the troops, Chris made a few comments about how this was his favorite size band to perform for,â Hazlett said. . âHe said it reminded him of when he started performing at 13, and all the local places he would play. He also said he understood that a concert like this could be the culmination of someone’s military experience with the USO. He said he would be happy to return if the USO asks him to do so and if he is available.
After her performance, Kroeze stayed on to provide autographs and take photos with interested audience members.
USO Wisconsin Inc. is a non-profit organization. It currently operates six centers in Wisconsin that serve more than 25,000 military families statewide. USO has had a continuous presence in Wisconsin since 1943 through the global parent company, USO Inc.
Learn more about USO Wisconsin by visiting https://wi.uso.org.
The motto of Fort McCoy is to be the “Total Strength Training Center”.
Located in the heart of the Upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only US Army installation in Wisconsin.
The facility has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 service members from all departments almost every year since 1984.
Learn more about Fort McCoy online at https://home.army.mil/mccoy, on Facebook by searching for âftmccoyâ and on Twitter by searching for âusagmccoyâ. Also try downloading the Digital Garrison app on your smartphone and set “Fort McCoy” or other facility as your preferred base.
|Date posted:||06/24.2021 11:03|
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