Philip Plasterer

Soldiers singing for soldiers

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SPC Philip Plasterer played bass guitar and sang and danced in the 2010 Soldier Show, entitled “Soldier Show v.27.0.” The theme of the show revolved around the impact of technology on the Army and how soldiers use social media, such as Facebook, to stay in touch with friends and family and also paid tribute to the originator of the show, Irving Berlin. 

During the 2010 show, Philip toured across the United States and also traveled to the Netherlands, Germany and Korea. His most notable performances included the opening scene of the show, where he flipped his bass guitar to a roaring crowd during the song “Indestructible,” by Disturbed. He also performed in a “Glee” scene wearing an Elmo shirt—in New York City he had his photo taken with the real Elmo from Sesame Street. The performers paid tribute to Irving Berlin and Michael Jackson and concluded the show in uniform, singing an original song written by the cast of the 2010 show. 

“My favorite part of the show was the opening song where I got my 15 seconds of fame doing a bass flip at center stage during the guitar solo on ‘Indestructible,’” Plasterer said. “I feel that the show was able to allow everyone to forget about the day-to-day Army life. It gave them one and a half hours of rest from the stress, but at the same time entertained them as well.” 

(Emily McAleesejergins performs Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” in the 2011 Soldier Show.)

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According to Commanding General Reuben D. Jones, “Soldiers not only perform, but also are responsible for the show’s production and logistics in moving 40,000 pounds of technical equipment to more than 50 locations in the United States and Europe. These efforts truly reflect the Soldier Show’s motto, ‘For the Soldier, by the Soldier.’”

Following the 2010 Soldier Show, Plasterer was stationed in Fort Bragg, NC. He has orders to leave for Afghanistan in early 2012 and left Friday night for the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, CA, to train for deployment. Following deployment, Plasterer plans to become part of the Army Entertainment Detachment (AED). 

“I miss being on tour,” he said. “We became one big family having to live and work with each other everyday.”

Plasterer is currently a Forward Observer at 4 Brigade Combat Team 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. He joined the Army in November 2008, completing Basic Training and AIT at Fort Sill, OK, and continuing on to Fort Benning, GA for Airborne School before being stationed at Camp Hovey, Korea from June 2009 through February 2010. 

Emily (Plasterer) McAleesejergins is starring in the 2011 Soldier Show, which revolves around a circus theme. The show is in its 28th year. 

“From what I hear, she steals the show with her performances on “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga and “Circus” by Britney Spears,” Plasterer said. “I can’t wait to see her and the show when they get here to Fort Bragg October 7.”

A huge honor for McAleesejergins was singing at the 93rd American Legion National Convention with President Barack Obama in attendance last week. 

When not touring, Emily and her husband, KJ McAleesejergins, serve in the 440th Army National Guard Band where they are both soloists and percussionists. She also teaches voice and piano at her home studio, Live Loud Studios, in Nashville, Tenn., while KJ teaches voice, guitar and drums.

Emily graduated in 2002 and Philip in 2004 from Churubusco High School. They are the children of Rick and Robin Plasterer and the grandchildren of Joe Shively, all of Churubusco.

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