While the six other band members played
"Let me treasure you Kianna. I'll make your dreams come true," he sang, causing the audience to cheer and the young girl to laugh.
The band's playlist of contemporary and patriotic music gave the audience a much-needed distraction, said
"This lets children, who aren't able to leave the hospital, celebrate the
It was also her last. The fleet band based out of Naval Suppport Activity Mid-South in
Originally named Navy Band Memphis, the ensemble preformed in an 11-state region stretching from
But in August, the band's brass quartet was reassigned and, by mid-July, the 14 remaining members will be absorbed by other
Relocating isn't out of the ordinary for
"Most of the guys have been together since September, and none of them are from the
But Peters doesn't like the circumstances of the move. During his 22 years in the
"Our job as musicians is to boost morale, but every fleet band has a slightly different focus," Peters said just before he went on stage at Le Bonheur. "Without a local band, smaller events may not get the attention they are accustomed to. Booking a band from Norfolk (
The reductions in fleet bands is a result of a 18 percent nationwide reduction in manpower, explained Lt.
"Instead of having smaller bands we will concentrate our efforts. The
The fleet band for the Mid-South did halt operations during the Vietnam War era and in the mid-90s, but this time is different, Peters said.
The fleet band's last performance will be at
(c)2014 The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
Visit The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) at www.commercialappeal.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services