Wednesday, February 8, 2012
One of the ways that we love to interact with our local community is through educational outreach. Musicians in the Navy Band are typically well-educated and have a wide breadth of professional playing experience; some members are even part-time music professors at local colleges and universities. Imparting this musical knowledge to our youngest citizens is a great way for us to contribute as A Global Force For Good.
Today we were joined by students from Parkland Magnet Middle School, located 27 miles from the Washington Navy Yard in Rockville, Md. This is the second time that band director Steve Ragsdale has brought the group here.
After a short question and answer session, the students turned their chairs around to face the Commodores jazz ensemble. Unit Leader Senior Chief Musician Phil Burlin started off by mentioning that he and Ragsdale went to college together, and were briefly roommates, at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Burlin handed the microphone to the Commodores moderator, Chief Musician Bill Mulligan, and the music was underway.
We hope that through our educational efforts, students can walk away with a better appreciation and understanding of music, the Navy Band, and their United States Navy.