National Symphony Orchestra Performs for Truman Crew

Story Number: NNS090909-11Release Date: 9/9/2009 1:19:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Finley, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The hangar bay of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transformed into a concert hall Sept. 8 as crew members and their guests enjoyed a free performance from members of the National Symphony Orchestra.

The live performance featured a five-piece brass ensemble, which consisted of a french horn, trombone, tuba and two trumpet players as part of their 78th season.

The National Symphony Orchestra has presented a concert season annually at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since its opening in 1971. The Orchestra contains 100 musicians presenting a 52-week season of approximately 175 concerts each year.

"It was a definite thrill," said Master Chief Avionics Technician (AW/SW) David Clark, Aviation Intermediate Maintenance department maintenance master chief petty officer. "That was one of the best concerts I have seen for as small [a group] as there was."

"It felt like people were enjoying themselves and having a really good time," said Thomas Cupples, 2nd trumpet National Symphony Orchestra. "It is just that live performances are entertaining and great to be a part of."

The concert offered the audience a variety of music choices.

"My favorite thing about the concert was the wide range of music that they played," said Clark. "I liked the fact that they did not play the staples. We didn't
get 'Anchors Aweigh'. We didn't get a lot of the things that we already know. We got the history from Jazz to some of the earlier composers."

The concert offered the National Symphony Orchestra a chance to showcase their talent and thank Truman Sailors.

"We know you guys are working incredibly hard and are providing something for us that we need in our everyday life," said Cupples. "We are very grateful for it, and we get to live a life of privilege. Without the efforts of the military in protecting us and keeping us safe, we would not be able to do that."

The performance provided Sailors with a unique opportunity to see the National Symphony Orchestra play live in the comfort of their own home.

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