As you know from my prior posts, the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Band came to Samoa all the way from their base in Yokosuka, Japan to help us celebrate Samoa’s 50thIndependence Day.
Among the Navy’s finest, the twenty visiting musicians played in numerous concerts, parades, parties, and other events on both Upolu and Savaii islands, including in outlying areas that don’t usually get to see visiting performers or officials.
I am always particularly focused on showing our visitors Savaii, one of my favorite parts of Samoa. We sent the Band across from Upolu on the ferry, and they played their first performance — spontaneously – at the Salelologa Market.
The impromptu two-hour show was a big hit with morning shoppers and local children, who in turn thoroughly impressed our musicians with their enthusiasm, affection, and hospitality. It was a marvelous way to introduce our visitors to the special warmth, charm, and rhythm of Samoan society.
I firmly embrace the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. So rather than type out more text, I’ll share below a few of my favorite photos from the Band’s adventures around Samoa.
The photos say it all. Music was played. Hands were clapped. Parades were marched. Sights were seen. Shopping occurred. Smiles proliferated. And friends were made. I can’t imagine a better way to have celebrated Samoa’s Golden Jubilee.