Virtual Choir

micIn honor and support of Army Soldiers, Veterans, Families and Civilians, Fort Lee is assembling a "virtual choir" to sing the Army Song.

Fort Lee invites individuals and groups to submit videos of them singing the Army Song. We will unite these voices of people from our local communities and beyond in one special video to be played at our official Army Birthday celebration and shared around the globe. The deadline is May 15 for submissions to the virtual choir – we hope you will be part of it!

Here is how you can lend your voice in support of not only the Army, but also its Soldiers, veterans, families and dedicated civilians (download following instructions as a PDF):

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS (General Talent Release):  MUST READ FIRST

DISCLAIMER: Virtual Choir video submissions may be used in full, in part or not at all.

The following DOES NOT apply to military personnel (with proof of status), but DOES apply to DoD civilians, contractors, dependents and all other participants.

Before recording the first note, participants must agree to the terms of a General Talent Release (DD Form 2830)we cannot use your submission without this release.  The parents of any minor children appearing in a video must agree to the terms on their behalf.  This can be done two ways:

State agreement in video (easiest method)

Each participant can simply state the following on their video:  “I, (first and last name) agree to the terms of DD Form 2830 for this video submission.” 

In the case of a minor, the parent/guardian would state: “I, (first and last name), agree on behalf of (child’s first and last name) to the terms of DD Form 2830 for this video submission.” 

Sign/send form

Each participant may print DD Form 2830, sign it, scan it and e-mail it to ArmyFortLee.PAO@mail.mil; or deliver/mail a printed copy to:

    Public Affairs Office
    ATTN: Virtual Choir
    3312 Adams Avenue, Suite 123
    Fort Lee, VA 23801

Please ensure the video is either included with the mailing or that the link and/or video name being sent via email is referenced in the mailing.

STEP 1:  LEARN IT!

Our final video will be based on this performance of "The Army Goes Rolling Along" by Fort Lee's own 392nd Army Band, which you will need when recording:

Video and Lyrics

"The Army Goes Rolling Along" – OFFICIAL LYRICS:

Verse:

March along, sing our song, with the Army of the free.
Count the brave, count the true, who have fought to victory.
We’re the Army and proud of our name!
We’re the Army and proudly proclaim:

Chorus:

First to fight for the right,
And to build the Nation’s might,
And The Army Goes Rolling Along.
Proud of all we have done,
Fighting till the battle’s won,
And the Army Goes Rolling Along.

Refrain:

Then it’s hi! hi! hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong;
For where’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.

Audio and Lyrics

DOWNLOAD MP3 Audio Only (2.54 MB)

"The Army Goes Rolling Along" – OFFICIAL LYRICS:

Verse:

March along, sing our song, with the Army of the free.
Count the brave, count the true, who have fought to victory.
We’re the Army and proud of our name!
We’re the Army and proudly proclaim:

Chorus:

First to fight for the right,
And to build the Nation’s might,
And The Army Goes Rolling Along.
Proud of all we have done,
Fighting till the battle’s won,
And the Army Goes Rolling Along.

Refrain:

Then it’s hi! hi! hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong;
For where’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.

STEP 2:  SING IT!

After reading/agreeing to the legal requirements above, wear headphones as you record video of yourself singing along to the band’s rendition of the Army Song. The final recording must inlude ONLY your voice(s), which should be in time with the original video.

Here are some quick guidelines to making a great recording that we can use:

How to Make Your Recording

  • Go to a quiet place free of distraction and background noise (air conditioners, pets, drill sergeants, etc.) so your voice may be clearly heard.

  • Use the best-quality digital video recording device you can find; HD quality (720p) is preferred, if available. Video must be digital. See next step for file format details and how to submit them.

  • If using a hand-held device to record the video, prop it up against a stable object or use a tripod to prevent shakiness.

  • Remember that audio quality is important; if possible, use a device with a good microphone.

  • If you want to record as a group, identify one person who will listen to the original recording on headphones and lead the singing, so all of you will be properly synchronized in the final video.

IMPORTANT: Do's and Don'ts

PLEASE DO:

  • Sing your heart out!

  • Include your agreement to the General Talent Release (DD Form 2830) verbally in the recording, if not submitting the actual form.

  • Contact us if you have any questions about recording or submitting your video – ArmyFortLee.PAO@mail.mil or (804) 734-7451.

PLEASE DO NOT:

  • Worry about the quality of your singing. This project is not about compiling videos of the best singers, but rather offering an opportunity to show support to the Army Family. We encourage submissions from everyone and welcome singers of all talent levels!

  • Include names of businesses, non-profit organizations or trademarked images in your video. We cannot include these videos in our final product.

  • Submit/upload videos with content that is not family-friendly in nature. We will reject submissions containing obscenity, vulgarity, nudity or depicting illegal activity.

STEP 3:  SUBMIT IT!

Submit your video any of the following ways:

Upload it

Upload your video to either a video hosting website or an FTP/file-hosting site and send the link – along with participant names and location (optional) – to ArmyFortLee.PAO@mail.mil.

Mail it

Mail your video as a .mov, .mp4, .avi or .wmv file (preferably not in DVD format) on a CD, DVD or media card to:

    Public Affairs Office
    ATTN: Virtual Choir
    3312 Adams Avenue, Suite 123
    Fort Lee, VA 23801

Remember to enclose your DD Form(s) 2830 along with the video if the agreement to its terms is not stated in your video.  Please note that physical materials received by mail will not be returned. 

Deliver it

Deliver your video in person to the Public Affairs Office on the corner of A Ave. and 34th Street:

    3312 Adams Avenue,
    Building 12010, Suite 123
    Fort Lee, VA 23801

The video may be on a disc or media card – preferably as a single .mov, .mp4, .avi or .wmv file; not in DVD format. The disc or media card will be returned to participants who visit the Public Affairs Office and wait while their video is downloaded.

We want to receive as many submissions as possible, so if you have another submission method in mind, please contact us at ArmyFortLee.PAO@mail.mil or (804) 734-6893/7451 and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

FAQs

  • Why is Fort Lee making this video?
    Fort Lee is assembling a virtual choir singing the Army Song to allow community members to demonstrate their support of the Army, Fort Lee, Soldiers, Veterans, military Families, and dedicated Civilians.  In honor of the United States Army’s 239th Birthday, the video will be presented at the Fort Lee celebration in June and shared around the globe. 
  • Who can participate in the Virtual Choir?
    Everyone can participate in the Virtual Choir.  Civilians on and off the installation, Soldiers, military family members – everyone is welcome to submit a video. 
  • Do you have any tips for making a successful video?
    Yes.  We don’t expect Hollywood quality, but your video will be among the best submissions if you follow the tips below.  Tip # 4 is the most important.
    1. Go to a quiet place free of distraction and background noise (air conditioners, pets, drill sergeants, etc.) so your voice may be heard clearly.
    2. Use the best quality digital video recording device you have; HD quality (720p) is preferred, if available.  Video must be digital – we can accept videos uploaded to YouTube and other video hosting sites, along with those in .mov, .mp4, .avi and .wmv formats.
    3. If using a hand-held device to record the video, prop it against a stable object or use a tripod to prevent shakiness.
    4. Use headphones to hear the band’s rendition of the Army song while recording video of your singing.
    5. Remember that audio quality is important.  Use a device with a good microphone, if available.
    6. If you want to record as a group, identify one person who will listen to the original recording on headphones and lead the singing so all of you will be properly synchronized in the video.
    7. Please keep your submission family and community friendly. We will reject any submissions containing obscenity, vulgarity, nudity or depicting illegal activity.
  • Will all submissions be used?
    The goal is to have as many faces and voices possible participate in the virtual choir.  Some videos, however, may not be used due to quality, lack of image release(s), trademark or other issues.  Some of the submitted videos may only be partially used.  Submitting a video is not a guarantee it will appear in the finished product.
  • Is there a deadline to submit my video?
    Yes.  Videos must be submitted no later than May 15, 2014.
  • What is a DD Form 2830 and why do I have to agree to its terms to participate? 
    DD Form 2830 is a general talent release form. It allows Fort Lee to use your image and voice for the Virtual Choir project.  Because we plan to present this video in a public forum and online, we want to make sure all participants understand their recording, their image and their voice may be used in those and other potential forums.

    So, before recording the first note, every participant must agree to DD Form 2830.  The parents of any minor children appearing in a video must agree to DD Form 2830 on their behalf.

    See the "Legal Requirements" section above for instructions on how to indicate your agreement. 
  • How can I submit my video to the Virtual Choir?
    See "Step 3: Submit It" above.
  • I want to submit my video via a video hosting site but I don’t want it to be available to the general public.  If I make my video private, will you still be able view and download it?
    If you don’t want your video to be available to the whole world but still want it included in the Virtual Choir, some hosting sites will allow you to change the privacy setting of the video.  On YouTube, for example, you can change the privacy setting to “unlisted” and email the link to ArmyFortLee.PAO@mail.mil.  Some privacy settings will prohibit the staff from viewing the video even if you send us the link; please select the privacy setting carefully.
  • If I can’t upload my video to a video hosting site or FTP/file sharing site.  How can I submit my video?  What movie formats can I use?
    Mail your video or deliver it in person as a .mov, .mp4, .avi or .wmv file (preferably not in DVD format) on a CD, DVD or media card to:

        Public Affairs Office
        ATTN: Virtual Choir
        3312 Adams Avenue, Suite 123
        Fort Lee, VA 23801

    Remember to enclose your DD Form 2830 along with the video if the agreement to its terms is not stated in your video. The disc or media card containing the video may be returned to participants who visit the Public Affairs Office and wait while their video is downloaded.

    We want to receive as many submissions as possible, so if you have another submission method in mind, please contact us at ArmyFortLee.PAO@mail.mil or (804) 734-6893/7451.
  • I want to participate but I don’t think I have a very good singing voice. 
    This project is not about compiling the videos of the best singers, but rather offering an opportunity to show support to the Army Family.  We encourage submissions from everyone and welcome singers of all talent levels.  If you are still nervous about submitting a video, get your friends involved and submit a group video!
  • Can I approve the final video if my submission is used?
    No.  Once a video is submitted, it may be used fully, in part or not at all at the discretion of Fort Lee Public Affairs.  The final compiled virtual choir is not subject to approval by the participants.
  • Will I be compensated for my video?
    No.  Participants acknowledge their video submission is voluntary to show their support of the Army, Fort Lee, Soldiers, military family members and dedicated Army civilians and in celebration of the Army’s 239th Birthday.  No form of compensation will be provided.
  • When and where can I see the final video of the Virtual Choir singing the Army Song?
    The compiled Virtual Choir video is planned to premiere at the Fort Lee Celebration of the Army’s 239th Birthday in June.  Immediately following the ceremony, the video will be posted and available on Fort Lee social media, including our Facebook page and YouTube channel.
  • Will Fort Lee do this again with another song?
    We don’t know.  If this is a big success, we may consider a future virtual choir project. 

Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2014

DISCLAIMER: Virtual Choir video submissions may be used in full, in part or not at all.

Last Updated: 3/28/2014 5:12:10 PM

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