While we are on tour, we try to serve as ambassadors for the U.S. Navy in the best ways we can—by playing great music and by creating personal contacts. Yesterday, after the concert at the Warner Theater in Torrington, Conn., it was a thrill to chat with Mr. James Newton, a retired member of the Navy Band from the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) and a 1950 graduate from the U.S. Naval School of Music.
This evening we played a concert at Southington High School. The sponsor was the Southington Kiwanis Club, the Southington High School Band and Key Club. The Kiwanis Club graciously provided the band with a light dinner before the concert. Mrs. Beth Hosmer, advisor for the Southington High School Key Club, was on hand to welcome and chat with the band. Before our show began, I was able to talk with three young members of the local Sea Cadets. Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Getler, Seaman Trenton Roberts, and Seaman Apprentice Morgan Truax were eager to talk about their future Navy and Marine Corps careers and to learn what they could from the traditions of the U.S. Navy Band. Perhaps most significantly, Lt. j.g. Scott Mythen led a large contingent of Navy Band Northeast, from Newport, R.I., to hear our concert in Southington and to lend their support and best wishes for our tour. We are truly blessed to meet these and many other supporters on our concert tour, as we try to inspire patriotism and enhance awareness about the U.S. Navy through our music. Chief Musician Stanley Curtis plays trumpet in the Concert Band.
(Pictured: Chief Musician Mike Bayes discusses Navy Band history with Korean War veteran Jim Newton)