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Music in the Schools

by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lex D. Barlowe, All Hands Magazine
10 September 2019

The United States Navy Band travels throughout the year to different schools ranging from kindergarten through high school, performing for students and faculty. In addition they also interact with the students making connections and talking to them about the Navy.

VIDEO | 02:57 | Music in the Schools

“What I’ve learned in my life through music is that it can provide a type of joy, and for us it’s super important to bring music to the kids around the area,” said Chief Musician Petty Officer Justin Cody. “School is hard, and to give them a couple hours where they can come into the gym and just dance and laugh and have a good time and sing it provides invaluable experience to them.”

The Navy Band has brought concerts and demonstrations to hundreds of schools since 1991 through its Music in the Schools program. The program is designed to supplement music education and build connections between the Navy and younger generations.

“Even though they may not see the Navy very often, we come out and perform for them, but we’re representatives of all the Sailors that are out to sea around the world,” said Cody. “You know, protecting the freedoms that give them the opportunity to come see us in the first place.”

The Navy Band’s Music in the Schools program introduces live music performances to thousands of students across the world. Students can attend live performances or take part in interactive webcast from their classrooms.

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