Keble Warden ‘mightily sorry’ for undergrad accommodation cock-up

first_imgKeble offcials have apolgised to students for forcing students to delay their arrival in Oxford, though insist they will “make no apology for not consulting.”The apology came in an acrimonious open forum between students and staff, as they try to restore relations ahead of the coming year.Following a failure to complete fire saftey tests in the college’s graduate accommodation prior to the start of term, second and third year undergraduates at Keble College were told to “postpone their arrival in Oxford.”In an email sent by the college’s warden, Jonathan Phillips, on Monday of -1st week, the students were further told that “unless they [had] a compelling reason to be in College sooner,” they would only be allowed to take up residence at the college from Thursday 4th October.Wednesday’s open forum was held to allow students affected by the accommodation mishap to voice their concerns.Presided over by the warden, the forum was attended by Keble Bursar Roger Boden, Domestic Bursar Nick French, Senior Tutor Ali Rogers, and Welfare Fellow Nevsky Everett.About 30 members of the Keble JCR were also present.Noting the “considerable inconvenience” caused by the accommodation cock-up, Phillips said he was “mightily sorry”.However, he added: “We had no time to consult [students about the best course of action], and I make no apology for not consulting.”Students raised points about access, with one JCR member citing an email, dated 25th September, which explained: “In the circumstances we cannot accept as a compelling reason the fact that the only time you can be brought to College is at the weekend.”Students also called for improved communication, noting the unclear emails sent five minutes before the college office closed during -1st week.Phillips argued, that “the [college’s] motivation was good,” as they intended to communicate as quickly and clearly as possible, but acknowledged that there were still problems with the way in which information was distributed.Questions were also raised about the temporary closure of the hall and the O’Reilly Theatre, which started last week and will end during the Easter Vacation.Furthermore, there was discussion about college facilities, with MCR members being set to use JCR washing machines until the end of the month.A third year at Keble told Cherwell: “Since I had already committed to coming back early, I had to sleep on friends’ floors for six nights.“I had problems with storing my stuff as well, as my parents couldn’t take time off on the Thursday to help me move in.”Another third-year student added: “The general feeling in college in the past has been the administration does not prioritise its undergraduate students.“It was this discontent that meant the inconsiderate emails and delay in our return to college was disappointing, but not surprising, confirming what we’ve suspected all along.”last_img read more

Hill Denies Sexual Misconduct In Urging Dismissal Of Discipline Complaint

first_imgIndiana Attorney General Curtis Hill responded to his disciplinary complaint by denying he touched the lawmaker or three legislative aides who have accused him of groping them and making unwanted sexual advances at a party marking the end of the 2018 General Assembly session. He also says the disciplinary complaint against him should be dropped.Hill filed a response Friday to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission’s complaint. In it, he denied allegations by Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, that he placed his hand on her bare back, “rubbed his hand down her bare back and grabbed or touched Candelaria Reardon’s buttocks.”Candelaria Reardon accused Hill of allegedly groping her at a sine die party in March 2018, at AJ’s Lounge in Indianapolis, to which Hill simply replies “denied” in response to the accusations in his disciplinary complaint filed in March. Likewise, Hill denies the accusations of legislative staff members Gabrielle McLemore, Samantha Lozano and Niki DaSilva, each of whom has alleged that an intoxicated Hill made inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances at the party — accusations that sparked calls for Hill’s resignation from Gov. Eric Holcomb and legislative leaders in both parties.Hill also seeks in his reply to have the disciplinary complaint against him dismissed. In the response prepared by former disciplinary commission executive director Donald Lundberg and famed Indianapolis criminal defense attorney James Voyles, the AG argues the commission “failed to provide adequate notice to (Hill) of additional allegations or evidence regarding the respondent’s alleged professional misconduct as required by Admission and Discipline Rule 23, Section 10(d).”In bringing attorney ethics charges against Hill based on each woman’s accusations, the commission asserted the attorney general committed criminal offenses against each of them that range from Level 6 felony sexual battery to Class B misdemeanor battery. The commission’s ethics case against Hill was filed months after a special prosecutor declined to press criminal charges, despite saying he believed the accusers. An inspector general investigation also cleared Hill of state ethics and criminal charges despite “creepy” behavior.Hill’s accusers have vowed to sue Hill, the AG’s office and the state.Just as Hill has vehemently resisted calls for his resignation in the wake of the allegations, he also continues to attempt to minimize public actions he took from the AG’s office after news of the accusations broke last summer. For instance, Hill responds to the commission’s assertion that as chief legal officer for the state he has a heightened duty of ethical conduct by arguing this is merely an aggravating factor. “To the extent any answer is required, (Hill) denies this averment,” the reply says.Hill uses that same response to the commission’s assertion that he initially denied the accusers’ claims to legislative leaders then “admitted repeatedly that he had too much to drink or words to that effect. Thereafter, (Hill) changed his story and claimed that he was not inebriated.”He also uses the same reply to the commission’s assertion that he “has held public news events in his role as Attorney General in which he denounced the allegations as untrue and implied the victims falsified their accounts. Later, (Hill) portrayed the victims as mistaken or misperceiving his conduct.”Former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby has been appointed as the hearing officer overseeing Hill’s disciplinary complaint. Hill Denies Sexual Misconduct In Urging Dismissal Of Discipline ComplaintMay 13, 2019 FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

BUESING, NORMAN R.

first_imgFuneral services were held May 26 for Norman R. Buesing, 65. He passed away May 20 at his home in Secaucus. Born in Hoboken to the late William and Lillian May Buesing, Norman was a skilled mechanic with a passion for cars. Norman was former Sea Scout in Secaucus. He loved the Mets and any music by Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Doors, and other classic rock bands. Predeceased by his parents, brothers, and sister, Norman is survived by his nephews Rick Robbins-Buesing and Eric Buesing; and nieces Ashley Buesing, Tracey Ackerman, and Melissa Buesing-Glick.Services arranged by the Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.last_img

Community Health Connections Foundation announces distribution of Legacy Grant Awards

first_imgToday, Community Health Connections Foundation, Inc. (CHCF), founded in 2016, was the former Bayonne Visiting Nurse Association (BVNA), announced the distribution of grant monies to four Legacy Foundation award winners for 2018.Community Health Connections Foundation supports programs designed to make communities in New Jersey healthier and supportive places to live. The Foundation works to make ongoing progress in key areas while addressing access to care and connecting people in the community to proper nutrition, health education, maintenance and disease prevention for all ages, patient and family support during acute and chronic physical and mental illness through end-of-life. The four not-for-profit recipients of the 2018 Legacy Grants, who were eligible for grants providing direct service or the ability for other organizations to provide service included, from Bayonne, Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation, Community Day Nursery, Madeline Fiadini LoRe Foundation and from Jersey City, Hudson Hospice. The Board of Directors of Community Health Connections Foundation, Inc. is proud to support each grant recipients’ mission and congratulates each on this recognition of their important efforts in the communities of Bayonne and Jersey City. We look forward to the healthier communities and individuals based upon your continued good work.last_img read more

Bakers head the table in share study

first_imgBakers, sandwich shops and coffee bars are all seeing growth in sandwich sales according to data revealed at the Lunch! show. Jim Winship, director of the British Sandwich Association (BSA) highlighted findings from Taylor Nelson Sofres research in the BSA’s latest report.Bakers are top of the table, with a 13.3% volume share of the commercial sandwich market. Multiples account for 12.9% of the market, with workplace kiosks taking 12.6%. Sandwich bars were in fourth place with 8% and coffee bars sixth with 5%. Sandwich bars have seen the biggest volume growth in the last year, up 12.5%.Winship described the lunchbox market as “one of the most fruitful” areas for sandwich operators to exploit. Meal deals could also be better developed as 79.4% of sales are for sandwiches alone. l The BSA is also to launch online training courses, so that sandwich-makers and sandwich bar operators can train staff at minimal cost. The first course, aimed at sandwich-makers, should be available by November, with a second, for sandwich bar operators, launched in January 2009. Topics will include legislation, food safety and waste and should cost £20 to £25 per worker.last_img read more

Widespread Panic & The Meters Members To Join Forces As “Foundation Of Funk” For Jazz Fest Late Night

first_imgThough the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has yet to announce their 2017 lineup, that hasn’t stopped artists from revealing their late night plans. The latest announcement comes from the Nolafunk Series, joining members of Widespread Panic and The Meters together for a one-of-a-kind Foundation of Funk celebration.The Meters’ rhythm section of Zigaboo Modeliste and George Porter Jr. will occasionally form these Foundation of Funk shows, bringing along top tier keyboardists and guitarists for these musical celebrations. Past editions have featured the likes of John Medeski, Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, Eddie Roberts and countless others. This time, Jimmy Herring and Jojo Hermann of Widespread Panic will get the call, sitting in with The Meters’ rhythm for some pure funk expression.The show is set for Republic NOLA on May 4th, confirming yet another great performance for the Nolafunk Series. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, January 13th, and more information about the show and the whole series can be found here.last_img read more

Dweezil Zappa Announces Extensive 2018 North American Fall Tour

first_imgThis week, Dweezil Zappa announced an extensive run of North American fall dates that will extend his ongoing Choice Cuts! World Tour through mid-December. The shows will continue to see Dweezil and his band play “a collection of the meatiest tracks” and “boldest compositions” from the extensive catalog of his father, the illustrious guitarist, composer, and bandleader Frank Zappa.Dweezil also recently announced a detente with his siblings and the Zappa Family Trust after a highly publicized and contentious feud over the usage of their father’s music and trademarks which lasted for multiple years.You can see a full list of announced fall tour dates below. Tickets for all the upcoming fall shows on Dweezil Zappa’s Choice Cuts! World Tour go on sale this Friday, June 8th. For more information, head to Dweezil Zappa’s website.Dweezil Zappa Choice Cuts! Fall Tour DatesOct. 24, 2018 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture RoomOct. 25, 2018 Melbourne, FL Maxwell C. King CenterOct. 26, 2018 Ft. Meyers, FL SW Florida Events Center ***Oct. 27, 2018 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Ponte Vedra Concert HallOct. 28, 2018 Charlotte, NC McGlohon TheaterOct. 29, 2018 Raleigh, NC Fletcher Opera TheaterOct. 31, 2018 Asheville, NC Diana Wortham TheatreNov. 1, 2018 Hopewell, VA Beacon TheatreNov. 2, 2018 New York, NY Beacon TheatreNov. 3, 2018 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah’s Atlantic CityNov. 4, 2018 Wilmington, DE The QueenNov. 5, 2018 Portland , ME State TheatreNov. 7, 2018 Beverly , MA Cabot TheatreNov. 8, 2018 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall ***Nov. 9, 2018 Plymouth, NH Flying MonkeyNov. 10, 2018 Jonquière, QC Salle Francois-BrassardNov. 11, 2018 Quebec City, QC Palais Montcalm ***Nov. 12, 2018 Laval, QC Salle Andre-MathieuNov. 14, 2018 Grand Rapids, MI IntersectionNov. 15, 2018 Ft. Wayne, IN The ClydeNov. 16, 2018 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre ***Nov. 17, 2018 Madison, WI Barrymore ***Nov. 18, 2018 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue ***Nov. 20, 2018 Wichita, KS Crown Uptown TheaterNov. 21, 2018 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater ***Dec. 1, 2018 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda ***Dec. 2, 2018 San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach HouseDec. 3, 2018 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Solana BeachDec. 5, 2018 Grants Pass, OR Rogue TheatreDec. 6, 2018 San Francisco, CA Fillmore TheatreDec. 7, 2018 Reno, NV Cargo @ Whitney Peak HotelDec. 8, 2018 Monterey, CA Golden State TheatreDec. 9, 2018 Napa, CA The Uptown Theatre ***Dec. 12, 2018 Nelson, BC Capitol TheatreDec. 13, 2018 Vancouver, BC Commodore BallroomDec. 14, 2018 Seattle, WA Neptune ***Dec. 15, 2018 Portland, OR Roseland Theater ***View All Tour Dates[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

‘They didn’t expect to see a dog there’: band remembers ‘unofficial mascot,’ Edwin

first_imgPhoto Courtesy Sam Sanche Edwin, assistant band director Sam Sanchez’s chihuahua-Boston terrier mix, died October 25. Sanchez adopted Edwin in 2007. The dog was a constant present at band functions and served as a mascot of sort for the group.As the years passed, Edwin barked his way into many hearts and became an icon in the marching band community. He ran through the halls and greeted everyone he encountered with a yelp all while living with a heart murmur.Last week, the half chihuahua, half Boston terrier’s story came to a close. Edwin died Oct. 25. Sanchez said Edwin never showed signs of his age or condition in his appearance, but toward the end of Edwin’s life, Sanchez would carry Edwin around in various ways, like in his jacket or wrapped up in his dog bed. The pair spent a lot of time together, and Sanchez said life without Edwin has been an adjustment.“It’s like having kind of a kid with you for, you know, for that many years and you get used to having them and now it’s like, you can get up and go to the bathroom without having to look and see, is he there? Where is he? What is he doing?” he said. “It’s an adjustment. Sometimes it makes you sad, but, you just have to remember how many great years he had and what a great life he had. So I try to focus on that.”Though Edwin was sick for the time most of the current band members have been around, students, including Notre Dame junior Eddie Donnelly, said they couldn’t tell the dog was sick.“It’s important to note that I only knew Edwin for two-and-a-half years, and he was sick during all my years with the band,” Donnelly said. “The little guy was always jumpy. He was always happy. He was always excited to see people, yet he had this heart condition and was still happy was still a fun-loving pup.”Edwin’s energy and excitement were evident from the first time Donnelly met him. He said his first encounter with Edwin was at the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall during marching band registration.“All of a sudden, this dog is barking in the distance, and then he comes hopping down the band hallway like ‘woof woof,’” he said. “Then I was greeted by Edwin, and then Sam Sanchez walked over, he was like, ‘Oh, this is my dog, Edwin,’ and I got excited because that’s my name. My name is Edwin. These past two and a half years, I’ve shared a name with the dog of Sam Sanchez. That was a point of bonding, not only with the dog but also with Sam.”Sanchez said he never intended to frequently bring Edwin with him to work, but due to Edwin’s separation anxiety, the dog basically became another faculty member.“For probably about the first six or seven years that I had him, I would actually take him with me, and he’d be there for all the auditions I would do for the drumline, the sight-reading auditions, he’d be sitting right there,” Sanchez said. “I’m sure that people were like, ‘Why is there a dog here?’ But he would come, he would just sit there on my lap and we would do the audition. He was always there for a lot of that stuff. He was actually always in the office for all of our staff meetings. He’s kind of like that dog on Bush’s Baked Beans and has all the secrets.”Seeing Edwin at band auditions, Donnelly said, was a highlight of his time with the band.“We all always have to audition for Symphonic Winds or Symphonic Band. Whenever I would be at that audition, it would be Sam, his camera and Edwin,” Donnelly said. “He would be videotaping us as we were performing our audition music, and Edwin would always be sitting on his lap. As I walked in, I would shake Sam’s hand and pet Edwin and walk out and do the same, and it was always cool to see Edwin there.”Saint Mary’s junior Greta Minnema said she will always remember Edwin’s presence during rehearsal, especially since that was where she first saw him.“My earliest memory of Edwin is when Mr. Sanchez had to lock him in a practice room because he wouldn’t stop barking while we were trying to tune,” Minnema said. “The funny thing about it was that he’d only bark when we were playing notes. He was completely silent when nothing was going on. A part of me thought he was trying to participate in the tuning with us.”Though Edwin couldn’t be around during the entirety of band rehearsals due to the loud sounds, band members like Notre Dame senior Ashley Sullivan said they loved to see him around as if he were a part of the band.“Sometimes, he would wander through the chairs during rehearsal or just kind of sit and lay down and just randomly start coughing or pop up out of nowhere. Sometimes he would love attention, sometimes he wouldn’t. But it was always entertaining to see,” Sullivan said. “It was comforting to see Edwin just walking around the band building as if he was a part of her own band part of our family.”The band family extends to more than just those directly involved in the marching band. Sanchez said he’d leave Edwin in the care of other band faculty members when Edwin couldn’t travel with him.“Our last administrative assistant, who passed away from cancer, she used to watch him sometimes when I would have to go on trips,” Sanchez said. “I’d always get text messages or pictures of him being dressed up before either St. Patrick’s Day or for Halloween or whatever it was. The look on his face was like, ‘Please come home now.’”As Edwin roamed the halls, he would encounter many people, including those who might have never seen him before.“I always laughed because I would take him outside and people would come out of the Intro to Jazz class,” Sanchez said. “Usually, there were some football players in there, and they would come out and you would have this, like a big like 250-pound lineman walk out, and Edwin would turn and bark and this guy would jump scared. I was always like, yeah, this dog is like eight pounds. But I guess they were just shocked because they didn’t expect to see a dog there.”Even if he was unexpected, Sullivan said it was always fun to see a dog since she never had one at home.“I also work in the band building, so sometimes I’ll just be here by myself, listening to music or going through music and stuff. Then I’ll just have Edwin come up next to me and just sit there and watch me like, ‘Oh, that’s cute,’” she said. “He would normally bark at me and not let me pet him, but he eventually warmed up. [He was] just a good all-around animal.”Though he took time to become completely comfortable around new people, Edwin brought a different kind of energy to the building that was often refreshing for students, Donnelly said.“Oftentimes we students just kind of rush in and just walk past each other like tunnel vision,” he said. “There’s work that we’re worrying about. There’s marching band that we’re worrying about. All this stuff that we’re learning. Then all of a sudden you see this dog just always happy. Just having that little reminder of happiness when you’re at the band building, which could oftentimes be a stressful environment, was nice.”Edwin’s vibes will be missed by all who knew him, Sullivan said.“It’s sad to see him go. We don’t realize how important that dog was to the whole band,” she said. “Having been here four years, we kind of forget that he is also a part of the band, too. He means so much to so many people over the past 12 years that he’s been here.”The dog’s constant presence was something students looked forward to, Saint Mary’s junior Allison Okeley said. “Everywhere you looked, it was always like Mr. Sanchez would either have Edwin in his office or he’d be roaming around the band building. He was always there,” Okeley said. “He was always in our thoughts, because everyone knows about Edwin. It’s the same thing [now]. Even if he’s not there, he’s still always in our thoughts, especially now.”Sanchez said he never anticipated for Edwin to become a fixture in the band community, but he’s happy Edwin’s presence could mean so much to so many people.“I appreciate people’s thoughtfulness and that they’re this interested in Edwin,” Sanchez said. “I appreciate the band members over the years that have loved him and had a great time with him and that have appreciated having him around the building. It’s just really nice.”He may be gone, Minnema said, but he won’t be forgotten.“I’m probably going to remember the impact he had on everyone in the band,” Minnema said. “I know it seems silly to think a little dog could have that big of an effect on that many people, but he was part of the band family. Honestly, I’m pretty sure he was the band mascot. I’m sad the future members of the band won’t get to see him, but they’ll still get to hear all the stories about him.”Tags: dogs, mascot, Notre Dame Marching Band, Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall The beginning of the story is a simple one. In 2007, assistant band director Sam Sanchez made his way to San Antonio to adopt a rescue dog. While Sanchez was playing with one, another dog attempted to snag his attention. The then-2-and-a-half-year-old dog’s pursuits proved successful, and Sanchez made his way back to Indiana with his new companion, Edwin.last_img read more

Tuition assistance available for IT training through Vermont Information Technology Center and Champlain College

first_imgDo you need additional information technology education to move up the career ladder? Have some IT experience but need more to land a job? Through a new federal grant, the Vermont Information Technology Center may be able to help.Vermonters are invited to apply for high-tech training and substantial tuition assistance from the Governors IT Training Initiative, which is a collaborative effort of the Vermont Information Technology Center (VITC), Champlain College, the Vermont Department of Labor and the Human Resources Investment Council. It is funded by the Presidents High Growth Job Training Initiative in the U.S. Department of Labor.For qualified employed individuals, up to 70 percent of tuition costs for an IT professional certificate–available on campus in Burlington or online from anywhere in Vermont–will be covered under the grant. Additional tuition assistance may be available through a student’s employer. For qualified unemployed and dislocated individuals, 100 percent of tuition costs will be covered under the grant.Applicants can choose from the following professional certificate programs at Champlain College: Computer Networking; Computer & Digital Forensics*; e-Business Management*; Foundations of Network Design*; Global Networks & Telecommunications*; Information Security*; Internet; Network Administration; Java Development*; Managing through Information Technology*; Multimedia & Graphic Design; Software Development*; Web Production*; Web Programming*; Website Development & Management*; and Wide Are Network Management. Those programs with an asterisk are available both on campus and online. Tuition assistance is not available to current Champlain College students.In order to maintain a competitive edge and operate more efficiently, employers want computer specialists who are knowledgeable about the latest technologies and are able to apply them to meet the needs of businesses. They require IT professionals who can use technology to communicate with employees, clients and consumers, said VITC director Dave Binch.Binch noted that as companies adopt more sophisticated and complex information technology, the U.S. Department of Labor expects IT employment to grow by 36 percent by 2012. In that same time period, Vermont labor market projections indicate that there will be more than 4,500 people employed as software engineers, network systems and data communication analysts, and computer support specialists.Champlain College’s professional certificates offer industry-recognized, concentrated skills training for incumbent IT workers who need to increase their occupational expertise, or for job seekers in need of the quickest route to new career opportunities in IT. Students take between eight and 24 months to complete a certificate, depending on factors such as the number of courses taken per semester, number of courses required per program, prerequisite courses required, or the availability of required courses.Interested applicants can contact VITC at (802) 865-6402 to learn more about the Governors IT Training Initiative grant program. Champlain College’s spring semester starts January 9.last_img read more

U.S. Fleet Forces Band Performs in 200th Anniversary of Argentine Independence Parade

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo August 03, 2016 The U.S. Fleet Forces Band (USFFB) participated in a huge military parade in Buenos Aires on July 9th and 10th during celebrations for the 200th anniversary of Argentina’s Declaration of Independence. The USFFB performed with 17 other military and security forces bands from the Americas, Europe, and Africa. “The event was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the partnership between Argentina and the United States,” U.S. Navy Lieutenant Robert J. “Seph” Coats, director of the USFFB, told Diálogo. “With our presence, we were able to clearly demonstrate this partnership and the continued goodwill among our countries.” The USFFB traveled to Argentina as part of an initiative of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to join Argentines in celebration of their bicentennial. Also participating in the parade were the Bolivian Army Military Band, the Brazilian Army’s 2nd Armored Cavalry Brigade Band, the Chilean Army Concert Band, the Spanish Air Force Band, the French Paratroopers Band, Italy’s 8thBersaglieri Regiment Fanfare Band, the Moroccan Royal Air Force Band, the Paraguayan Army Command’s Military Concert Band, the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Band, and the Uruguayan Air Force Band. Argentinian ensembles included the Argentine Army Symphonic Group, the Argentine Navy Band, the Argentine Air Force Band, and the “Alto Peru” Fanfare Band of the “General San Martín” Regiment of Mounted Grenadiers. Also playing were the “General Martín Miguel de Güemes” National Gendarmerie School Special Band, the Argentine Naval Prefecture Band, and the Argentine Federal Police Band. “Meeting the other bands was excellent. We had many opportunities to play together, have conversations, and exchange experiences,” Lt. Coats said. “The lives of military musicians are very similar, even though we are from different countries. It is always a pleasure to be able to get to know our colleagues a little better, and it is always an honor to work together to pay homage to nations and commemorate their independence.” Intense Programming Marching along the emblematic Avenida Libertador in the Argentine capital, the USFFB performed the official song of the U.S. Navy, “Anchors Aweigh,” and a traditional march called “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean.” “The reception in Buenos Aires was exceptional. The people and the authorities were warm and welcoming, and there was a real sense of camaraderie,” Lt. Coats said. Escorted by 4,000 troops from the Argentine Armed Forces and accompanied by thousands of people, the musicians marched to the Argentine Polo stadium, where each band showed off its skills, interpreting popular marches and songs from their respective countries. The USFFB stood out for its high energy, with a battery in the middle of the lawn and a singer who performed with a microphone in hand. Another group that excited the crowd was the Chilean Army Concert Band, which interpreted the tango “Adiós Nonino,” written by the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. The rest of the bands also had a fairly varied repertoire, including everything from the “Imperial March” (from the movie “Star Wars”) to the Italian classic, “Funiculì, Funiculà.” Festival of Democracy Argentinean President Mauricio Macri, along with national military and civil authorities, attended the bands’ concert in the polo stadium. Argentine Minister of Defense Julio Martínez called the event a “festival of democracy.” “We are very happy and appreciative of everyone’s work and all the countries that sent their bands to celebrate this bicentennial of our independence with us,” Minister Martínez said. “It has been a long time since our service members have been summoned by the National Government to march in a provession, and we were now able to do that,” concluded the minister, also acknowledging the presence of the veterans of the Falklands War. For the USFFB, it was an unforgettable event. “The activity gave us the opportunity to represent the United States and the U.S. Navy in support of a very important event for the Argentine people,” Lt. Coats said. “Our two countries are lucky enough to have a long history of independence, and the parade and the festival of military bands allowed us to join together in Argentina to celebrate this special anniversary.” Known as “The Finest of the Fleet,” the USFFB was created in 1945 and currently has 45 members, all of whom are active-duty U.S. Navy sailors. The band provides musical support to ships, military bases, foreign dignitaries, and community events in the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio River Valley areas of the United States, in addition to regularly mobilizing in Central and South America. “I feel fortunate to direct the organization, which is made up of some of the best, most talented musicians of the U.S. Navy,” Lt. Coats concluded.last_img read more