When I think about the attack on Pearl Harbor, music is hardly the first thing that comes to mind. But, music really DOES touch the soul, and the organizers of this year’s Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary commemoration know it. That’s why they’ve arranged for a variety of musical events for families, veterans, and those who want to memorialize the attack on Pearl Harbor through music.

Here’s a list of Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary events that will feature music:

Monday, December 5

1. U.S. Pacific Fleet Band Performance: 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lanai

Enjoy a wonderful live military band performance at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lanai, playing a variety of patriotic and stirring melodies.

Under the operational control of the commander, United States Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Fleet Band is dedicated to providing top quality musical support throughout a 100 million square mile area of responsibility for official functions, morale and retention programs, community outreach performances, and Navy recruiting initiatives.

The U.S. Marine Corps Forces Band will perform Tuesday, December 6th. The performance is part of the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary commemoration.

2. The Swingin’ Blue Stars Performance: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pearl Harbor Visitor Center

It’s Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy time, so Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree. Come hear the great music of the 1940’s and 50’s— with harmonies reminiscent of The Andrews Sisters, McGuire Sisters, the Chordettes and other big band singers. Don’t miss the singing and dancing of this trio, who are known for their entertaining USO-style revue.

Tuesday, December 6

3. U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band Performance: 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., Pearl Harbor Visitor Center

Enjoy a wonderful live military band performance at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Lanai, playing a variety of patriotic and stirring melodies.

Under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Bryan Sherlock, the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band performs at over 400 commitments each year. From ceremonies to parades, the band is as entertaining as it is regal. Its mission is to enhance the lives of military and civilian communities through quality musical performance.

The Pacific Fleet Band will perform Monday, December 5th. The performance is an opportunity for families to commemorate Pearl Harbor and remember those who lost their lives during the attack.

Wednesday, December 7

4. 75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Mass Band Performance: Noon to 1 p.m., Battleship Missouri Memorial

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a Mass Band performance will feature over 1,000 student musicians paying respect, remembering, and never forgetting the tragedies of World War II by presenting the world, “A Gift of Music” via international webcast on December 7th, 2016.

All events are free and open to the public.

If a visit to historic Pearl Harbor only whets your appetite, consider experiencing one or more of these musical tributes. You can indulge your taste for music AND history.,


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