The US Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” has a group of singers and instrumentalists from across the army band. One of its groups, “Country Roads,” has gained significant popularity because of its music.
They are known to play Americana, country, bluegrass, folk, and sometimes even Irish music. Recently, the group paid tribute to the Green Berets with a soulful performance of “Ballad of the Green Berets.”
The Special Force is also called the Green Beret. It is one of the primary branches of The US Army, formed in 1987. However, its lineage dates back to June 1952 when the 10th Special Forces Group – Airborne was created.
The Green Berets are soldiers who specialize in defense & warfare. Their training is very advanced, and only a few candidates are selected. The “Ballad of the Green Berets” was initially written & sung by Green Beret Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler in 1966.
Country Roads perform at Lake Accotink Park. The band has Master Sgt. Marlisa Woods on fiddle, Sgt. 1st Class Tracy LeBrecque on female lead vocals, Master Sgt. Dean Woods on the guitar, and Staff Sgt. Jan Knutson on the mandolin.
The song is a reminder of the dedication and bravery of the young men and women in the US military & is fantastically sung by the army band. The lush green forest in the background gives it a serene look.
Several veterans have left their heartfelt messages online. One wrote, “Goosebumps and tears. Well done! Honor all soldiers.” While another wrote, “As a veteran, I have always loved this song. First heard it in the movie Green Beret with John Wayne. Great job by the soldier singing and the musicians as well.”