Saturday, March 26, 2011
It came as no surprise, then, that the audience at our evening concert was just as delightful! The auditorium at Warwick Veterans High School was filled almost to capacity well before the 7:30 p.m. downbeat. To begin the concert, Ms. Nancy Kennedy and her fabulous choirs treated the audience to an inspired program that was full of variety. The students sparkled in their performance and their obvious love of music set the tone for the evening. We were honored to follow such beautiful singing!
After each Sea Chanter performance, we get to meet members of our audience face-to-face. The people we meet often remark about the job of being a Navy musician. We have heard many times that this job "seems difficult." We have heard, much more frequently, that this job "seems fun." Of course, both statements are true. As is the case anywhere in the workforce, our small team experiences triumphs and failures, ups and downs, times of challenge and times of success. But I believe anyone in the Sea Chanters would tell you that serving communities like Warwick is pure fun. Our fine sponsors could not have ensured a more appreciative and spirited audience than they did tonight! We were paid many gracious compliments while the audience departed, but none were so deeply felt as the rousing applause, hearty laughter and wide grins we saw from the stage tonight.
It is an honor to serve our country through music, and is a pleasure to sing and play for the people of Rhode Island.
Musician 1st Class Casey Elliott is the associate musical director for the Sea Chanters.