A soldier is helping bring much-needed joy to children after being filmed singing “Do-Re-Mi” from “The Sound of Music.”
Sgt. 1st Class Michaela Shelton, a member of the U.S. Army Field Band was singing along with a group of 18 kids, ages 4 to 12, on live video amid the coronavirus pandemic.
She said that she created a sing-a-long video to help young children cope with anxiety and stress due to the crisis.
“I wanted to make this video and bring these children together in this way because I know they’re going through a lot of stress, uncertainty and confusion,” Shelton said of the lighthearted Zoom song. “Music not only connects people, but it has an incredible healing power, which is what we all need right now, especially children.”
The Moorestown, N.J., native was a high school music teacher before she joined the Army Field Band’s Soldiers’ Chorus in 2014.
“Personally, I really miss my little singers,” she added. “Every time I get to work with them, they end up making my day brighter.”
She has a really big smile as she led the kids through the famous song. The Army Field Band launched its “We Stand Ready” daily live broadcasts on March 20 to help meet the emotional needs of Americans during these tough times.