NATO Unplugged is one of the most flexible ensembles within the SHAPE International Band. For those seeking an alternative to the straight up block party-dance atmosphere provided by Task Force X, NATO Unplugged performs familiar melodies you can sing along with in a more relaxed atmosphere. Based around a the concept of a "coffee house" acoustic trio of guitar/vocalist, percussion, and saxophone, the group performs memorable Country, Folk, Americana, and Classic Rock from artists such as of James Taylor, John Denver, George Straight, Johnny Cash, and Cyndi Lauper. If the event calls for some more rowdy, sing-along and dance type music, NATO Unplugged expands to add an additional vocalist, upright bass, & electric guitar to perform music by artists such as Zac Brown Band, Garth Brooks, the White Stripes, Tina Turner, and the Beatles.
Featuring acoustic instrumentation, NATO Vanguard carries very little equipment, can setup in smaller areas, and performs at a volume that is great for social events such as BBQ's, working dinners, and social mixers. Examples of recent performances include:
- performance for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) Change of Command Reception at the SHAPE Club in Casteau, Belgium
- performance for the Minister of Defense and Chief Head of Defense of Albania at a Gala celebrating Albania's 10th Anniversary of Ascension to NATO in Tirana, Albania
- performance for "Latvian Nights" hosted by the Latvian National Military Representative and Latvian Spouse's Club at the SHAPE Club in Casteau, Belgium