Friday, August 19, 2011
At home, our bands serve as an important community relations tool. There are many in our country who rarely see a Sailor. Venture to our heartland, and you’ll find people who have only seen our ships on television. Our bands are an excellent means of bringing the Navy to our citizenry. With over 150 ships underway, and over 8,000 Sailors deployed on the ground in support of overseas contingency operations, it’s more important than ever that Americans understand what our Navy is doing.
Last year, our 13 Navy bands completed 7,237 missions, performed for over 13 million people live, and over 513 million people on television. We can provide any style of music in any setting anywhere around the world. It has been our job for over 200 years. It’s what we do.
Capt. Brian Walden is commanding officer of the United States Navy Band.