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HighRollers Rock Out
By Sgt. Jennifer Schweizer, 1st Sust. Bde. PAO, in support of MND-B
May 16, 2008 - 2:55:42 PM
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Spc. David Palmer, a Chicago native, and member of the 515th Transportation Company, 165th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade in support of Multi-National Division - Baghdad., who serves as the band's lead rhythm guitarist and vocalist, performs "Blue," a song he wrote, at the Camp Taji Mudhouse here May 10. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Schweizer, 1st Sust. Bde. PAO, in support of MND-B)
CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Sounds of The Eagles, Bon Jovi, and original music by Spc. David Palmer, a Chicago native, and a member of the 515th Transportation Company, 165th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade in support of Multi-National Division-Baghdad, echoed through the night as the HighRollers' band performed May 10 at the Camp Taji Mudhouse on an open mic night.

Six months ago, the band was merely three people looking for something to pass the time.
   
"Barker and I started out with an acoustic guitar and a set of bongo drums," laughed Staff Sgt. Benjamin Reyes, a Boston, Mass., native, and the band's lead vocalist, percussionist and drummer. "Later that day Palmer joined in to give us a total of three ‘bored' members."
   
Songwriter, vocalist and guitarist are among the many talents Palmer has brought to the band since he joined. He is also the only member who is able to say he was once on American Idol.
   
"I love music and that's all there is to it," said Palmer, who plays rhythm guitar and sings vocals for the band.

Since then, many other Soldiers in the unit have joined the band looking for an escape from the long deployment months. Steadily growing, the band is presently seven deep with members from various ranks.

The band's members include: Reyes, Palmer; Sgt. Michael Kilroy, an Egg Harbor Township, N.J., native, and back-up drummer; Sgt. Antares White, a New Haven, Conn., native, and a vocalist; Sgt. Brandon Jones, a Whiting, Maine, native, and the lead bassist; Spc. Malcolm Barker, a Tupelo, Miss., native, and the lead guitarists who also plays the harmonica; and Pfc. Carl Ross, a Greensboro, N.C., native, and vocalist.

One goal of the HighRollers is to produce a Mudhouse CD and leave behind a piece of their music history.  How, one might ask, can a small unit band produce such a thing?

The band has a recording studio built right into their unit's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation room.

"The sound-proof room, now that was a crazy thing! We were going over some songs one night and Barker said how much he wished we had a booth to record in," Reyes commented.
Before the room was built, the band was using a padded wall locker located in a Soldier's living quarters.

"After about fifteen minutes of brainstorming, I got up from behind the drums, went out back and got some lumber. It took me three days to get the majority of it done before the guys realized it could work," he continued.

For the most part, the band performs its favorite songs, which range from rock to the blues. The HighRollers also pride themselves on giving their own unique twist to their all-time favorites. How often is Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama performed with a b-box, free-style rap twist to it? 

"The band has come together so much over time. It has been real fun and given us all the chance to be part of something great," said Reyes.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS:

 
Sgt. Brandon Jones, a Whiting, Maine, native, and member of the 515th Transportation Company, 165th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade in support of Multi-National Division - Baghdad, who serves as the bands lead bassist, performs an Eagles song, "Hotel California" at the Camp Taji Mudhouse here May 10. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Schweizer, 1st Sust. Bde. PAO, in support of MND-B)
Members of the HighRoller Band (left to right) Spc. Malcolm Barker, a Tupelo, Miss., native, Spc. David Palmer, a Chicago native, and Sgt. Brandon Jones, a Whiting, Maine, native, all members of the 515th Transportation Company, 165th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade in support of Multi-National Division - Baghdad, perform a song called "Do it Again," which was written by Palmer, at the Camp Taji Mudhouse here May 10. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Schweizer, 1st Sust. Bde. PAO, in support of MND-B)

Staff Sgt. Benjamin Reyes, a Boston native, of the 515th Transportation Company, 165th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade in support of Multi-National Division - Baghdad, and the HighRollers' band lead vocalist, goes behind the mic inside the bands new sound booth as Spc. David Palmer, a native, and Spc. Malcolm Barker, a Tupelo, Miss., native, also from the 515th Trans. Co., man the controls as they record for their up coming Camp Taji Mudhouse CD here May 12. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Schweizer, 1st Sust. Bde. PAO, in support of MND-B)

 

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gabriel
09 Dec 2009, 02:32
memories from taji
gabriel
09 Dec 2009, 02:31
Memories from Taji!
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