Farewell Concert Before Deplyment for Pacific Partnership 2011

Waikiki, Hawaii (March 2, 2011) - The U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Brass and Rock bands gave a farewell concert at the Hale Koa Military Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii.

This performance marked the band’s final appearance prior to their deployment aboard USS Cleveland (LPD 7) for Pacific Partnership 2011, Pacific Fleet’s annual training and readiness mission which engages with partner and host nations to provide humanitarian assistance and improve interoperability in the event of crisis situations.

Under the leadership of MU1 Scott Wise and MU1 John Wheeler, the Brass Band brought the excitement and atmosphere of New Orleans and Mardi-gras to the audience with numbers such as “When the Saints Go Marching In”, “Bourbon Street”, and “2nd Line. “ The Brass Band closed with Led Zepplin’s “Moby Dick” which led into the Rock Band portion of the concert.  The Band’s vocalist, MU3 Anton Du Preez, helped kick off the rock set with Wild Cherry’s “Play that Funky Music” and Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”.  Under the leadership of MUC Scott Helwig, the Rock Band entertained the audience with music from James Brown to the Gorillaz.  The PP11 Rock Band closed the performance with a heartfelt rendition of Ray Charles’ “America”.

Members from the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band will deploy in April of 2011 as a part of the Pacific Partnership 2011.  The twelve members from the Pacific Fleet Band make up the Pacific Partnership 2011 (PP11) deployment band. 

The PP11 Band personnel form three main performing units.  They consist of a Brass Quintet, Brass Band, and a Rock Band.  The Brass Quintet is a five-member group that plays protocol, ceremonial, and dinner music.  The Brass Band is a seven-member group that consists of five horn players and two percussionists.  This group plays traditional New-Orleans style music as well as modern brass band music, as played by the “Dirty Dozen Brass Band”.  The Rock Band is a twelve-member group that performs popular music ranging from Motown of the 1960’s to top 40 hits of today.

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