Navy Woodwind Quartet Entertains Conference Guests in Copenhagen

Story Number: NNS101101-21Release Date: 11/1/2010 3:53:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephen Oleksiak, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa/ Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, woodwind quintet musicians entertained guests during two receptions at the Role of Women in Global Security conference held in Copenhagen Oct. 28-29.

The five musicians performed for guests from Africa, Northern Europe and the U.S., with a variety of classical, jazz and Latin songs such as Pie Jesu, Tiger Rag and Comparsa.

"The band did an incredible job performing for us," said Laurie S. Fulton, U.S. ambassador to Denmark. "The beautiful music created a wonderful atmosphere which really contributed to our conference."

Throughout both receptions may guests thanked the band for their performances, most notably to the band was the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus.

"It was a great experience to finally meet the secretary," said Hernandez. "He was really happy that we could be here to support the ideals of this conference with our music."

For the quintet, this was a unique opportunity to show off their talents to a wide variety of military and government officials from around the world.

"Ambassador Fulton said in her welcoming speech that the purpose of the convention was to find ways to contribute to global peace and security," said Musician 2nd Class Sarah Espinosa, clarinetist. "As military musicians, I feel that we embodied the mission of the conference, and as a woman in the U.S. Navy, I love that my job entails showing our foreign partners the peaceful side of our country."

The quintet is made up of Musician (MU) 2nd Class Edgardo Hernandez, flute; MU2 Class Luis Espinosa, clarinet; MU3 Class Lorena Bennett, bassoon; MU3 Sarah Espinosa, french horn; and MU3 Natalie Poegel, oboe.

The conference was co-hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Denmark and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and focused on experiences in Afghanistan, Liberia and Uganda, where women have significant opportunities to effect change in active conflict and post-conflict zones.

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