PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) bring a new meaning to the phrase “music in the night.” Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the ship’s fo’c’sle, crew members gather to share their musical talents through the Musicians’ Fellowship.
“Anyone who’s a musician and wants to share with the rest of the crew is welcome to participate,” said Joel W. Gosset, Reagan’s Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agent and the coordinator for the musician fellowship organization.
According to Gosset, his career in criminal investigation doesn’t limit his interest in music.
“Though it’s obviously not my job, it’s a hobby of mine that I enjoy. I also saw a way to serve the crew and the Sailors on board,” said Gosset. According to Gosset, it’s a service that Sailors seem to be enjoying.
“We usually have about 20 people show up to the meetings,” said Gosset. “Some play the guitar and others participate vocally, through singing. We have one Sailor that brought an electrical drum set on board that we set up occasionally.”
According to Gosset, those wanting to participate with more unconventional instruments are also welcome to join.
“There was a violinist who played with us, and someone who plays the saxophone has also shown some interest in attending,” said Gosset.
According to Gosset, the group has to alter their schedule around general quarters (GQ) drills and other events essential to operational readiness. However, the schedule does not seem to limit the talents in the music field.
“There are some very talented people in the air wing,” said Gosset. “Because of their busy schedule and flight operations at night, they’re usually unable to make it.”
“I’ve been involved in music all my life,” said Gosset. “I’ve got experience through choir and directing musical and theater productions, but some of the participants in the group have more talent than I do. Some of the officers who show up even have degrees in music.”
According to Gosset, however, the talent of the participants doesn’t stem from degrees alone.
“Last Sunday a young man performed a song he wrote himself. He played the guitar and did a vocal solo,” said Gosset. “We like to encourage that. I know that some Sailors in the air wing get us into singing songs that they’ve sung together in other commands or exercises.”
According to Gosset, Sailors participating in the program have already started rehearsing for Sunday morning Contemporary Protestant Services.
“Many of the Sailors who attend the meetings are church attendees but most just show up to have fun,” said Gosset.
Gosset said, the group seems open to the possibility of branching out to areas outside church and shipboard entertainment.
“I know some Sailors participated in the talent show during ‘Wog Day,’ and I believe some played during the steel beach picnics we’ve had,” said Gosset. “If possible, we also may be able to attend churches in some of the ports we visit and perform there as well.”
Whatever the future plans of the Musician’s Fellowship, there’s no doubt others are welcome to join in their meetings.
“Anybody’s welcome to bring whatever instruments they’ve brought on board with them,” said Gosset. “It would be great to have anyone else who is interested in music and wants to share their talent with other people to get involved.”
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