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Rotterdam native has ‘dream job’ with Army Field Band, performs at All-American Bowl

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Sacawa on Wednesday, Jan. 2, demonstrates a piece of music for the U.S. Army All-American Band at Benson Stadium in San Antonio. Sacawa was the woodwind conductor for the U.S. Army All-American Band.

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Sacawa on Wednesday, Jan. 2, demonstrates a piece of music for the U.S. Army All-American Band at Benson Stadium in San Antonio. Sacawa was the woodwind conductor for the U.S. Army All-American Band. Submitted photo by Pfc. Victor Blanco

The first time he visited Alaska was one memorable trip. He spent two weeks performing across the state.

“Alaska was just so beautiful and the people were so amazing,” he said. “If I wasn’t in the band I probably would have never gone there.”

A more emotional experience is when the band plays an evening concert and there is a family present that lost a loved one in combat. Every time there is such family, he said, the band acknowledges them so the crowd understands the sacrifice they made for their country.

“It is always very emotional for me. I am using my talents for this job … but there are some people that sacrifice a lot more than I have to,” he said. “The fact we are able to do that is very important.”

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