Even though the month of July is wrapping up, I didn’t get a chance to share my experiences during the July 4 celebrations.
I had the chance to organize programs for the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band. Based out of Honolulu, these musicians were some of the best I’ve seen in the service bands. As a trumpet student of a former President’s Own Marine Band trumpeter, I knew these guys had the chops. They could do it all: singing, dancing, and performing (the real type-getting the audience involved in everything!).
It was a tremendous experience. The day started with masterclasses at the University of Santo Tomas and finished with a public performance to 3000 people in the Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The audience enjoyed the familiar songs, commanding stage presence, and persistent musicality of the band (they weren’t alone).
Paul Fontelo '13