“Freedom” Rocks the House in Cleveland


Story Number: NNS060903-02Release Date: 9/3/2006 6:09:00 PM
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By Lt. Cmdr. Keith Taylor, Navy Office of Community Outreach

CLEVELAND (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy Band "Freedom" entertained 300 students at Euclid High School here as part of Cleveland Navy Week Aug. 31.

One of several band performances in the Cleveland area for Navy Week, which runs from Aug. 28-Sept. 4, this one proved no exception to Freedom's renowned showmanship.

The students, many of whom are in the school band, cheered and clapped as "Freedom" engaged the kids and played such hits as the late Rick James song "Give it to me Baby," and hits from the '70s such as "Car Wash" by Rose Royce. After the electric half-hour performance, several students approached the band members to thank them and ask about careers in the Navy.

Freshman Alaya Acoff was very interested in becoming a professional singer in the Navy following graduation. Musician 3rd Class Spencer Hassenritter had Acoff sing a few verses on the stage, complimenting her on her talent and encouraging her to continue to sing whenever she has the opportunity.

"I really want to be a singer," said Acoff as she stepped off the stage. "Thank you all so much for coming."

"Freedom" performed later in the day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"If I was to think back to when I first started singing, I never would have imagined that I'd be singing live someday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," said Haasenritter. "It's really a great honor to be performing for you guys today."

"Freedom" played some other venues earlier in the week, and will finish off Cleveland Navy Week with daily performances at Cleveland National Air Show over Labor Day weekend.

Navy Weeks are planned by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) in cooperation with Navy Recruiting Districts and local Navy Operational Support Centers. They are planned in multiple cities around the nation designed to boost recruiting and enhance the Navy's visibility in regions with limited exposure to the service. Under this program, the Navy also seeks to strengthen bonds of understanding with the American people and partner with local communities in areas of mutual interest such as social, cultural and humanitarian events.

For related news, visit the NAVCO Cleveland Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/navcocleveland/.

 
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Musician 3rd Class Spencer Hassenritter assigned to the Navy Band Mid-South rock band Freedom works the crowd during a performance at Warrensville Heights High School.
060830-N-7163S-006 Cleveland, Ohio (Aug. 30, 2006) - Musician 3rd Class Spencer Hassenritter assigned to the Navy Band Mid-South rock band "Freedom" works the crowd during a performance at Warrensville Heights High School. "Freedom" performed a nearly two-hour set at the high school for Cleveland Navy Week. The band will perform at many locations around town, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Twenty-six such Navy Weeks are planned this year in cities throughout the U.S., arranged by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) to increase awareness of the Navy in areas. The mission of NAVCO is to enhance the Navy's brand image in areas with limited exposure to the Navy. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Sheehan
August 31, 2006
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