USS Boxer (lhd4) 

Boxer Sailors and Marines Keep the Rhythm 
Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Veronica Mammina 
PACIFIC OCEAN - As the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) continues her pre-deployment work-up period, Sailors and Marines continue their hobbies, or take up new ones. One common hobby aboard the ship is music.

“I play every day,” said Aviation Electrician 3rd Class (AW) Michael S. Hausheer. “It challenges my mind even if it is just creating a riff or line of music.”

Hausheer has been playing the acoustic bass guitar for three years now. He added that music generally gets his mind off of the different stressors of the workday and brings him into a different reality.

“Playing brings me into a place that’s more serene,” said Hausheer. “You can put your emotions into music and use it as a way to vent.”

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Henry M. White, assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 16 attached to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 says he played his electric guitar almost everyday during his off time for fun.

“I like to pick up my guitar and hit different scales most days after work,” said White. “I’ve played about four times this week since we went underway.”

Yeoman Seaman Rafael Carmona-Baez, who is in his third month of playing the Ukulele, said he plays for fun.

“I love going from playing different sounds that don’t really make sense to actually making music,” said Carmona-Baez.

The Sailors allocate similar feelings when they play their music. It is not something that has a deadline or critical scales to cause any negative feelings or thoughts as they learn their instruments.

“Playing brings me into a place that’s more serene,” said Hausheer. “You can put your emotions into music and use it as a way to vent.”

Carmona-Baez said it took him about two months before he was able to play his first song and it required a lot of patience.

“If you’ve just started playing and you’re getting frustrated, it’s okay,” said Carmona-Baez. “But, once you practice and learn a song, you’ll feel amazing about yourself.”

Hausheer explained no one is perfect at playing an instrument.
“It’s not about being good at all,” said Hausheer. “I believe every musician is always learning. It’s a constant learning skill.”

Even though the Sailors have different jobs and missions aboard the ship, music unites them in a way that can only be felt by strumming through a song.
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