Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Chief Musician Rob Holmes: I was in the old dispensary having blood drawn when a hospital corpsman ran into the room to say that a plane had just crashed in to one of the world trade center towers. I am reminded about the tragedy of 9/11 every time I visit medical on the Navy Yard. I don't know if this qualifies as a unique experience. I had only been in the Navy Band for a year, but I quickly became keenly aware of the heightened anxiety toward the security of our nation and the inevitable changes that could happen to a person on active duty.
Holmes plays baritone saxophone in the Commodores jazz ensemble.
Kelly was, until recently, Concert/Ceremonial Band department head. He is now director of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band in Yokusuka, Japan.